PROJMGNT 7043 - Infrastructure 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

Objective of the course is to assist project managers appreciate planning and delivery aspects of transport and road infrastructure, and application to IT infrastructure, power and water supply. Introduction to an infrastructure planning model which recognises1- Definition of project goals within a framework of community needs (recognition of Australian economic, social & environmental strategies and goals; assessment of community needs; assessment of alternative proposal), 2- Long term planning issues (involvement of level of government; objective appraisal of economic, environmental and social costs of current deficiencies, 3 - Business case issues (funding model; identification of technical and business risks and management; use of a phase-gate model for approval; identification of whole of life costing, 4- project delivery issues (identification of alternative delivery methods including PPP; choice of a project delivery model; cost/benefit analysis of alternatives; creation of a project board), 5- Ongoing management (operation and maintenance responsibilities). Application of the above model to planning, primarily of transport and roads; planning of road systems and integration with rail and transport interchanges; application to IT infrastructure, power and water supply; identification of responsibilities between government and the commercial sector; design and delivery issues; allocation of responsibilities at levels of government and the delivery sector; application of project management planning and control systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 7043
    Course Infrastructure 1
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive: 36 to 40 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge PROJMGNT 5004, PROJMGNT 5021, PROJMGNT 7012, PROJMGNT 7056
    Course Description Objective of the course is to assist project managers appreciate planning and delivery aspects of transport and road infrastructure, and application to IT infrastructure, power and water supply. Introduction to an infrastructure planning model which recognises1- Definition of project goals within a framework of community needs (recognition of Australian economic, social & environmental strategies and goals; assessment of community needs; assessment of alternative proposal), 2- Long term planning issues (involvement of level of government; objective appraisal of economic, environmental and social costs of current deficiencies, 3 - Business case issues (funding model; identification of technical and business risks and management; use of a phase-gate model for approval; identification of whole of life costing, 4- project delivery issues (identification of alternative delivery methods including PPP; choice of a project delivery model; cost/benefit analysis of alternatives; creation of a project board), 5- Ongoing management (operation and maintenance responsibilities).

    Application of the above model to planning, primarily of transport and roads; planning of road systems and integration with rail and transport interchanges; application to IT infrastructure, power and water supply; identification of responsibilities between government and the commercial sector; design and delivery issues; allocation of responsibilities at levels of government and the delivery sector; application of project management planning and control systems.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

    Program Director Contact Details:
    Project Management
    Name: Dr Graciela Corral de Zubielqui
    Email: graciela.corraldezubielqui@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: +61 8 8313 0125


    Teaching staff:


    Trimester 1/Semester 1
    Name: Dr Karlson ‘Charlie’ Hargroves

    Short Bio:
    Charlie is a Sustainable Development Fellow with the ECIC and a Senior Research Fellow with the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute specialising in low carbon transitions, carbon structural adjustment, sustainable engineering, and curriculum renewal. After graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2000, and working as a civil/structural design engineer, Charlie co-founded 'The Natural Edge Project' (TNEP), an internationally recognised team of action researchers based at various universities across Australia including the University of Adelaide, Curtin University, QUT, and the ANU. Charlie has led the TNEP team to deliver five international books on sustainable development (selling over 80,000 copies in five languages) in collaboration with some of the world's leaders in sustainability. The first book won the Australian Banksia Award for Environmental Leadership, Education and Training in 2005, and the of the books were ranked among the 'Top 40 Sustainability Books' in the world in 2010 by the Cambridge Sustainability Leaders Program. Charlie was the founding CEO of Natural Capitalism Inc. in Colorado, USA and worked with many large companies to assist in greenhouse gas reduction initiatives.

    Email: karlson.hargroves@adelaide.edu.au 

    Phone: 0407 071 729
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Opening intensive:
    Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th March 2016
    9am to 6pm
    Nexus10 UB35 Teaching Room

    Closing intensive:
    Thursday 14th and Friday 15th April 2016
    9am to 6pm
    Nexus10 UB35 Teaching Room
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Knowledge and understanding of the latest research and development of infrastructure systems for initiating development, and managing design, construction and operation of infrastructure systems
    2 Application of research and professional practice tools for initiating development and managing design, construction and operation of infrastructure systems
    3 Application of project models to infrastructure development, including PMBOK and complex systems models
    4 Understanding and application of best practice infrastructure development models
    5 Understanding and application of community consultation practices as part of a business case development
    6 Understanding and application of choice of project delivery systems
    7 Recognition of different interpersonal skills are required to contribute to infrastructure systems for initiating development, and managing design, construction and operation of infrastructure systems
    8 Understanding of the need to maintain ethical, social and cultural standards on systems for initiating development, and managing design, construction and operation of infrastructure systems
    9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life
    10 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour in the practice of these principles in taking a leadership role in the community
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    NO TEXTBOOK


    References
    Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, (2010), Infrastructure Planning and Transport: Best Practice Case Studies, www.gov.au/infrastructure/publications/index/aspx;
     
    Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, (2012), Infrastructure Planning and Delivery: Best Practice Case Studies Volume 2 www.gov.au/infrastructure/publications/index/aspx;
     
    Ten out of 10 Ten T Project Implementation Successes, November 2011 http://tentea.ec.europa.eu/en/about_us/mission__introduction/external_communications.htm (The link below will take you directly to the pdf of the above reference) http://tentea.ec.europa.eu/download/publications/brochure_tentea_210x297_web.pdf
     
    National Infrastructure Priorities, Infrastructure Australia, Department of Infrastructure and Transport; NETLIPSE Book 'Managing Large Infrastructure Projects'. http://www.netlipse.eu/media/18750/NETLIPSE%20book.pdf
    Recommended Resources
    References Penn, Michael R. & Parker, Philip, J (2005), Introduction to Infrastructure: Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering, John Wiley and Sons; Hertogh, Marcel, Baker, Stuart, Staal-Ong, Pau Lian, and Westerveld,Eddy, (2008), Managing Large Infrastructure Projects – Research on Best Practices and Lessons Learnt in Large Infrastructure Projects in Europe, NETLIPSE; www.netlipse.eu; http://www.netlipse.eu/media/18750/NETLIPSE%20book.pdf.
     
    Library Resources
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     From this link, you are able to access the Library's electronic resources.

    Other resources
    If you are a member of the PMI (http://www.pmi.org/Membership.aspx)  you will “gain exclusive access to PMI publications and our global standards*, networking options with our chapters and online communities of practice, and leadership and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also receive discounts on certification exams and renewals, as well as our professional development offerings.” Student membership is USD$40 to join and USD$30 to renew.

    * Log in to access complimentary read-only PDFs of all of PMI's published standards or take advantage of discounts on paperback editions http://www.pmi.org/PMBOK-Guide-and-Standards/Standards-Library-of-PMI-Global-Standards.aspx
    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning Activities Summary
    Intensive Content Readings
    1 PPTS 1-75 in notes Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, (2010), Infrastructure Planning and Transport: Best Practice Case Studies, www.gov.au/infrastructure/publications/index/aspx;

    Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, (2012), Infrastructure Planning and Delivery: Best Practice Case Studies Volume 2, , www.gov.au/infrastructure/publications/index/aspx;
    2

    PPTS 1-142 in notes
     Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, (2010), Infrastructure Planning and Transport: Best Practice Case Studies, www.gov.au/infrastructure/publications/index/aspx;

    Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, (2012), Infrastructure Planning and Delivery: Best Practice Case Studies Volume 2, , www.gov.au/infrastructure/publications/index/aspx  
     3 Topics -142-168 in notes Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, (2010), Infrastructure Planning and Transport: Best Practice Case Studies, www.gov.au/infrastructure/publications/index/aspx

    Australian Government - Department of Infrastructure, (2012), Infrastructure Planning and Delivery: Best Practice Case Studies Volume 2, , www.gov.au/infrastructure/publications/index/aspx  
     4 PPTS 169-213 in notes Expressways of Singapore Section 5.2 Notes Boston Big Dig: Section 5.4 Notes Channel Tunnel: Section 5.5 Netlipse Major Projects: Section 5.4 Notes http://www.netlipse.eu/media/18750/NETLIPSE%20book.pdf  
    5 PPTS 214-253 in notes Expressways of Singapore Section 5.2 Notes Boston Big Dig: Section 5.4 Notes Channel Tunnel: Section 5.5 Netlipse Major Projects: Section 5.4 Notes http://www.netlipse.eu/media/18750/NETLIPSE%20book.pdf  
    6 PPTS 254-321 in notes Choice of a project delivery system
    Systemic and cascading risk
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    Assessment Summary

    An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:

    #AssessmentLengthWeightingDue DateLearning Outcomes
    1a Essay/report 1000 words maximum 10% See MyUni 1-5
    1b Essay/report 1000 words maximum 10% See MyUni 1-4, 6
    1c Essay/report 1000 words maximum 10% See MyUni 1-4, 7
    2 Group Essay/report 5000 words minimum 30% See MyUni 1-9
    3 Reoprt 3,000 minimum 40% See MyUni 1-9
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning in workshops during the intensive classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be
    successful in this course.  

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners

    Assessment Detail

    Assessment 1a-1c: Essay/Report (Individual)
    Weighting: 10% per report
    Due Dates: 1a, 1b, 1c – See MyUni
    Submission Details: Online through MyUni

    Task:
    1a. Analyse the projects outlined in the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport Best Practice Guide for community consultation ONLY. What are the benefits of community consultation and either any principles which should apply? Can you find any weaknesses in the methods used and would you suggest any alternative approaches? (10%)

    1b. Outline the principles for development of a business case, including feasibility studies to justify initiation of an infrastructure development; (10%);

    1c. Outline the principles for choice of a project delivery system for infrastructure development. (10%)


    Scope:
    The objective of these questions is for the participant to consider the theoretical material supplied and attempt to apply it to a real project example, if possible. Therefore evidence of having read and understood the material is important. Arguments and assertions should be based on the research articles listed, the important ones of which are encompassed in the notes.

    This assignment will assess your understanding of the course topics.

    Length and Presentation:
    1000 words (max) per report
    Given the word limit on these questions, assessment will reward content included. There will be penalties for exceeding the word limit. Quotations do not count in the words counted.

    Please ensure you add page numbers to your assignment and it is advisable to add your name in the footer or header.

    Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
    Late work will receive a deduction of 2 mark out of 10 for time in the first week late – beyond this zero marks will be awarded. This is to allow responses reasonably promptly.

    Marks will also be deducted for submissions which exceed the stipulated length

    In completing these assignments, higher marks will be awarded for comprehensiveness of content, evidence of reading notes, text and papers, (including additional reading) and integration of this theory into your answers. Direct referencing of external material in your answers is preferred.

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1a: 1-5; 1b: 1-4, 6;
    1c: 1-4, 7

    Assessment 2: individual or group
    Weighting: 30%
    Due Dates: See MyUni
    Submission Details: Online through MyUni and in class.

    Task:
    Identify an infrastructure project, either real or fictitious, assuming government is short of funds and probably unable to justify the project without contributions from users; develop appropriate documentation and for each of the following interfaces:

    a. Completion of the brief or specification of the project an outline terms;
    b. Recognition of appropriate issues leading from community consultation;
    c. Documentation provided for the funds provider which includes a cost benefit justification of the project, your views on the funding approach and the major risks and how these will be managed;
    d. Choice of a project delivery system including justification;
    e. An outline of the roles of the design group and the delivery contractor - these may be combined in a design and construct approach if you think this is appropriate;
    f. The interface between the delivery group and group managing the operating project.

    Length and Presentation:
    Minimum 5,000 words for one, 6,500 for two and 8,000 for 3

    Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
    The realism of your information will contribute, including real project documentation.

    Note: additional marks are awarded for more comprehensive analysis and issues raised.

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1-9


    Assessment 3: Report
    Weighting: 40%
    Due Dates: See MyUni
    Submission Details: Online through MyUni

    Task:
    Comment on the report by Prof Spiro Pollalis on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Risk Transfer and Innovation in Project Delivery.

    Criteria by which your assessment will be marked:
    a. Understanding and assessment of the of techniques for community consultation and management;
    b. Development of a partnering methodology;
    c. Use of project delivery systems;
    d. International cooperation;
    e. Role of the commercial sector vis-a-vis government;
    f. Risk management

    Learning objectives with this assessment (refer to section 2.1): 1-9

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    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
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