SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3N223782
Module Leader Andrew Barr
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to support those employed in railway operations or seeking a career in railway operations, to function effectively in the railway operations context, and to provide them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the elements shown in the syllabus This module will cover the principles involved in planning for emergencies, and how they are put into practice in the event of a railway accident. Specifically, it seeks: -720 to enable the student to explore how he/she might handle such events to present the methods of investigating and reporting accidents, with a view to preventing a recurrence. This module builds upon work in the Diploma course, particularly Railway Operating Principles and Safety Management, and complements other modules in the Degree course.


The following key areas will be considered: -425b7 Statistical sources and trends -425b7 Planning for emergencies b7 Interfaces with railway and other agencies b7 Communications b7 Site management b7 Purpose of investigations b7 Forming the team and project-managing the investigation b7 Types of evidence and evaluation techniques b7 Theories of causation b7 Human factors b7 Principles of effective report-writing

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:1. Analyse an Emergency Plan to assess fitness for purpose, including scoping, addressing risks, identifying responsibilities and communication of lessons learned.2. Demonstrate knowledge, skill and understanding of the interfaces, structures and objectives of the various organisations which may be involved in the event of a railway accident, in relation to the organisational issues which may arise.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is designed to be relevant to the student's workplace. The module teaching materials will be made available through GCULearn. It is hoped students will participate in discussions on-line. Support will be offered on the web by e-mail on-line discussion and telephone. A tutorial event at the start of the module will bring students together from the programme. This also provides the opportunity to meet their tutors. Formative assessment will be used not only to encourage knowledge of the subject, but also to help develop transferable skills. Summative assessments will provide evidence of the learning achieved throughout the module. Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35& must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall mark of 40% must be achieved in the module.

Indicative Reading

-10 Publications Hall, S. (1990) Railway Detectives, London: Ian Allan. Hall, S. (2003) Beyond Hidden Dangers: Railway Safety into the 21 st Century, Surrey: Ian Allen. Hidden, A (2004) Dealing with Disaster: Investigation into the Clapham Railway Accident, (3 rd edition), Home Office Publications, [online: www.999supplies.com <http://www.999supplies.com>] Reason, J. (1990) Human Error, New York: Cambridge University Press. Reason, J. (2008) The Human Contribution: Unsafe Acts, Accidents and Heroic Recoveries, London: Ashgate <http://www.amazon.co.uk/Human-Contribution-Unsafe-Accidents-Recoveries/dp/0754674029/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421245195&sr=1-1&keywords=james+reason> Vaughan, A. (2003) Tracks To Disaster, Surrey: Ian Allan. Useful Websites The Emergency Planning Society (www.emergplansoc.org.uk) Department for Transport (www.dft.gov.uk) Network Rail (www.networkrail.com) Railway Safety & Standards Board (www.railwaysafety.co.uk) ORR (www.rail-reg.gov.uk <http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk>) RAIB (www.raib.gov.uk) HSE (www.hse.gov.uk) National Rail (www.nationalrail.co.uk) Europa (<http://europa.eu.int/index>_en.htm) Other References Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) regulations 2006 Channel Tunnel (Security) Order, 1994 Nuclear Industries Security Regulations, 2003 The Railways Acts, 1993, 2003 International Railway Journal - Periodical Annual Reports of the Organisations mentioned under Websites above.

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Written communication skills b7 Personal and interpersonal skills b7 Information gathering skills b7 Problem solving b7 Critical thinking and reflection b7 Assessment and evaluation skills b7 Negotiation, time management and forward planning skills. -720

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 80.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 100% CourseworkThe assessments are work based and negotiated between the Institution of Railway Operators and Glasgow Caledonian University. For example, this may include a short answer questions to assess the understanding and principles and terminology and an essay Part B.