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This subject provides an overview of a wide range of issues relating to infrastructure engineering, with a particular focus on the environmental, economic and social implications of engineering projects. Students will gain a holistic understanding of the complexities of – and potential trade-offs in – decision-making, including considerations of social equity, quality of life and wellbeing, and assessment of economic and environmental impacts. Students will learn about 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 methods to evaluate infrastructure projects from a sustainability perspective. Lectures will be complemented by examples or case studies, assigned tasks and a group project in order to consolidate and apply learnings. Throughout the term, students will be supported to enhance their research skills as well as their oral and written communication skills.
This subject is part of a trio of subjects that consider different aspects of infrastructure projects. Engineering Site Characterisation explores 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, alongside its engineering and/or technical performance.
- Become familiar with different sustainability assessment frameworks, learn how to apply a set of multi-attribute assessment methods, and critically interpret results for decision making
- Synthesise complex information and concepts to understand the relationships between infrastructure and its broader societal context, including public policy, ethics, equity, and stakeholder interests
- Perform written and oral presentations at a high-quality level expected of a professional
- Understanding of environmental, social, and economic dimensions of engineering and infrastructure projects
- Understanding of the scope, principles, and accountabilities of sustainable engineering
- Application of engineering methods and techniques to complex engineering problems
- Critical thinking and analytic skills
- Effective oral and written communication skills
- Effective team membership and independent learning and research skills
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
Last updated: 31 January 2024