SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N226185
Module Leader Marty Wright
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module will cover multidisciplinary railway engineering concepts, the integration thereof and the importance of specific engineering choices to train and network operators in terms of life cycle costs and sustainable business processes.


The-12 following-13 key-12 -1 areas-12 -1 will-12 -1 be-12 considered: Infrastructure (above and below rail) Track Control Rolling Stock Maintenance Lifecycle Considerations (for example, sustainable processes and costs)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Analyse and evaluate the types and operating / engineering interface implications for rail above and below infrastructure2. Describe and analyse the engineering constraints that need to be taken into account in operating the railways system. 3. Critically analyse the opportunities created by new technology and research and development.4. Describe and analyse the asset ownership arrangements and outline the different operating characteristics of the various types of rolling stock vehicles and their applications for freight rail.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will be expected to draw on academic theories and techniques in order to frame, analyse and solve actual work-based problems. To this end learning will involve not only formal but informal learning strategies and assessment. This module particularly emphasises the integration of learning and work e.g. the student's assessment may involve them in conducting actual work based analysis and decision making within a work context. The module utilises an interactive lecture programme where students are encouraged to participate and contribute. Students are required to undertake a programme of specified reading for independent learning, and reflect upon managerial practices within the workplace. The teaching and skills development programme will be supported via GCU Learn, which will also enhance the students' ability to utilise e-communication.

Indicative Reading

Bonnett, C.F. (2005) Practical Railway Engineering, Second Edition, Imperial College Press [online: <>] Glover, J. (2013) Principles of Railway Operation. London: Ian Allan Publishing Kichenside, G. and Williams, A. (2010) Two Centuries of Railway Signalling. Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford Publishing Company -360 1. List of 133 SANS Railway Standards (details of standards are beyond the scope of this module) 2. Transnet Freight Rail publications: -360 a. Specification for Railway Earthworks S410 (2006) b. Manual for track maintenance (2000) -360 3. Websites: -360 a. www.railway-technical.com <http://www.railway-technical.com> b. www.ertms.net <http://www.ertms.net>

Transferrable Skills

Self-management: self-motivation, time management and critical self-reflection and evaluation of personal performance. Interpersonal Skills: an ability to work collaboratively and constructively with others on a complex group assignment. Communication skills, negotiation skills and presentation skills when participating in the group work and group presentation. Peer assessment: skills in giving and receiving constructive feedback. Research skills: data gathering using secondary methods, and data analysis. C & IT skills: engaging in a virtual learning environment; using MS Powerpoint and MS Word packages for presentations and report writing; accessing and using industry databases such as FAME, MINTEL, KEYNOTE. Using Refworks software to develop referencing skills, and Turnitin software to improve writing style.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 145.00
Assessment (PT) 40.00
Lectures (PT) 3.00
Seminars (PT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Summative 1: Written assessment.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.Exceptions Case No. 93
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 35% Summative 2: Written assessment.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.Exceptions Case No. 93