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This subject provides an overview of a wide range of issues relating to infrastructure, with a particular focus on the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of historical and current projects. Students will gain an understanding of the complexities of decision-making in this sector, including the role of government and regulation, considerations of equity, and assessment of economic and environmental impacts. Students will discuss the influential role that infrastructure plays in shaping a society, and the effects both short-term and long-term. Students will also learn to apply various analytical models to frame their thinking and evaluate infrastructure projects from a sustainability perspective.
The lectures and tutorials will be structured around case studies of various infrastructure projects. Tutorials will cover six case studies and will provide students with opportunities to enhance skills such as oral and written communication and project management. Students are expected to actively contribute to case study discussions in tutorials.
This subject is part of a trio of subjects that consider different aspects of infrastructure projects. Engineering Site Characterisation studies how to determine the character of a site for an infrastructure project. Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering examines how a project relates to the broader social, economic, and environmental context. Engineering Project Implementation concentrates on the operational aspects of implementing a project.
Intended learning outcomes
Having completed this subject the student is expected to:
- Demonstrate mastery of advanced knowledge and skills to evaluate an infrastructure project with regard to its environmental, economic, and societal sustainability
- Apply and critically interpret a range of analytic tools to assess different dimensions of the sustainability of infrastructure
- Synthesise complex information and concepts to explain the relationships between infrastructure and its broader societal context, including public policy, governance, ethics, equity, and stakeholder interests
- Perform written and oral presentations at a high quality level expected of a professional
- Understanding of environmental, societal, and economic dimensions of engineering and infrastructure projects
- Understanding of the scope, principles, and accountabilities of sustainable engineering
- Application of engineering methods and analytic techniques to complex engineering problems
- Critical thinking and analytic skills
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Effective team membership and independent learning skills
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
Last updated: 2 December 2019