PROJMGNT 3043 - Infrastructure & Sustainability

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2022

The objective of the course is to develop an understanding of tangible ways to improve the economic, social, and environmental performance of urban infrastructure across the design, construction and operation phases. The course will cover a range of topics relevant to current sustainable infrastructure challenges with a focus on the integration of the development, transport and energy sectors. The course is delivered in an interactive industry style small group discovery model and provides students with valuable industry ready knowledge and skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 3043
    Course Infrastructure & Sustainability
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive: 36 to 40 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description The objective of the course is to develop an understanding of tangible ways to improve the economic, social, and environmental performance of urban infrastructure across the design, construction and operation phases. The course will cover a range of topics relevant to current sustainable infrastructure challenges with a focus on the integration of the development, transport and energy sectors. The course is delivered in an interactive industry style small group discovery model and provides students with valuable industry ready knowledge and skills.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Charlie Hargroves

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Name: Dr Sam Baroudi
    Teaching staff:

    Name: Dr Karlson ‘Charlie’ Hargroves
    Phone: 0407 071 729

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Explain how improvements in sustainability related performance can deliver value add to infrastructure projects.
    2 Identify cost effective opportunities for increasing the sustainability of infrastructure related projects across design, construction and operation.
    3 Calculate sustainability related impacts from proposed infrastructure projects in the area of materials consumption and environmental systems.
    4 Present the value of sustainability related initiatives in infrastructure projects with consideration to economic, social and environmental outcomes based on small group work.
    5 Express the potential for low carbon related initiative in infrastructure projects to deliver performance and cost improvements as well as improve the sustainability performance of the overall project.
    6 Apply the IS Rating Tool to infrastructure projects in order to consider economic, social and environmental performance.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2,

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 3, 4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    2, 4, 5, 6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All material will be provided in class.
    Recommended Resources

    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. Access to the Library's electronic resources.

    Online Learning
    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in an interactive blended learning mode drawing on a combination of lectures and peer-to-peer learning opportunities and small group discovery as part of the intensive process.

    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
    Day Topics
    1 Overview of Sustaniability and infrastructure

    Introduction to the ISCA 'IS Rating Tool'

    Review of 'IS Rating Tool' Credits related to Low Carbon

    Consideration of Low Carbon Infrastructure Outcomes
    2 Understanding how to alter weights on the 'IS Rating Tool'

    Consideration of Knowledge Sharing in Infrastructure Projects

    Assessment of Ecological Performance of Infrastructure
    3 Introduction to the 'IS Rating Tool' Materials Calculator

    Tutorial on the Materials Calculator

    Review of 'IS Rating Tool' Credits
    4 Refresher on 'IS Rating Tool' (including executive breifing excersise)

    Review of 'IS Rating Tool' Credits
    5 Review of 'IS Rating Tool' Credits

    Introduction to the 'IS Rating Tool' Innovation Credit
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    All Assessment items are open book and are based on the ISCA 'IS Rating Tool' Technical Manual that will be provided in class.

    #Assessment TaskTask TypeLengthWeightingLearning Outcomes
    Participation Individual N/A 5% 1-6
    1 Quiz 1 Individual 45 mins 10% 1-6
    2 Quiz 2 Individual 45 mins 12.5% 1-6
    3 Quiz 3 Individual 45 mins 12.5% 1-6
    4 Test 1 Individual 60 mins 25% 1-6
    5 Test 2 Individual 90 mins 35% 1-6
    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
    Assessments are a combinatoin of assessment items provided by ISCA and assessment items desinged by the lecturure and these will be outlined in class. All assessments are open book and are based on the 'IS Rating Tool' Technical Manual that will be provided to students in class.
    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
    Please refer to step by step instructions: MyUni Learning Centre

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:
    • Assignment Submission:  Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both). Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN, which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.
    • Cover Sheet:  Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work.  Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments:  You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing.  Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Extensions of Time:  An application for Assessment Extension should be made well before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer.  Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date.  Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade.  Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above). Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.

    Resubmission & Remarking

    Resubmission of an assignment for remarking after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted.  Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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