SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N226186
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 help you gain an overall awareness and understanding of the key issues and processes involved in the management of freight operations, particularly in relation to: -284b7 The scope and range of railway operating activities and people-management skills involved b7 The requirement to operate railways in a regulated business environment, covering safety, effectiveness and economic criteria and objectives; b7 The necessary contribution of railway operators to improve safety, efficiency & economic criteria and objectives. b7 The specialist operating arrangements for the effective control of risks relating to train and traffic movement, human factors and operational interfaces.


-284 The-12 following-13 key-12 -1 areas-12 -1 will-12 -1 be-12 considered: -284b7 Management in relation to freight operations b7 Operational and organizational safety issues b7 Assessment and management of external factors affecting railway operations b7 The development of new operational activity and the management of change -284b7 Assessment and management of external factors affecting railway operations

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate specialist knowledge of the fundamental principles that underpin the safe operation of the rail industry in South Africa .2. Describe and analyse the critical factors that lead to performance risks, and evaluate the control measures used to contain those risks.3. Analyse the operational safety management considerations in the context of safety of train movement and interfaces with depots, stations and rolling stock maintenance.4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of competence management principles and practices including the management of change in a demanding safe performance standards environment.

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

Glover, J. (2013) Principles of Railway Operation. London: Ian Allan Publishing Railway Safety Principles and Guidance series (obtainable through <> ) Harris, N. & Schmidt, F. (2003) P lanning Freight Railways , A & N Harris Stranks,J. (2007) Human Factors and Behavioural Safety, Ashgate Transnet Freight Rail monthly Platform Transnet Freight Rail Portal Transnet Freight Rail General Appendix No. 6 (Part 1 ) (2006) Transnet Freight Rail Train Working Rules All Transnet Freight Rail news bulletins Modern Railways and Rail Magazine, Railways Africa. Drugs and alcohol testing <> Health & Safety Regulation - The Railways and Other Guided Transport System (Safety) Regulations 2006 (obtainable through <> ) Developing and Maintaining Staff Competence (Railway Safety Publication 1 2007 - Legal Requirements for the management of safety critical work) - obtainable through <> Risk Assessment and Management - material under Risk section of <> <> Safety Strategies and Strategic Safety Plan - obtainable thorough <> Transport Scotland : <> Health and Safety Executive: <> Rail Accident Investigation Branch: <> Network Rail: <> Rail Safety and Standards Board: <> Websites: <> <> <> <> <> <> (navigate to "Technology") <> website (Transnet Freight Rail Core Business.) <> <> <> <> <>

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

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 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