PROJMGNT 3043 - Infrastructure & Sustainability

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2019

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 has been developed in partnership with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and includes training on the use of the `IS Rating Tool? to allow pre-accreditation as an `Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional? (ISAP). The course is delivered in a very 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 Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Winter
    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 has been developed in partnership with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and includes training on the use of the `IS Rating Tool? to allow pre-accreditation as an `Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional? (ISAP). The course is delivered in a very 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: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2,
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 3, 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    2, 4, 5, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course notes are required and are avaliable for purchase from the 'Image and Copy Centre' prior to the course. (Please bring with you to first 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 as a small group discovery model which involves a focus on students working in various teams to assess and analyse material to identify opportunities to profitably increase the sustainability of infrastructure proejcts. This format is designed to simulate industry conditions and provide students with valuable graduate skills in the associated technical areas along with experiance in teamwork, critical thinking, and communications.

    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
    This is an indication of the course material and may be subject to change.
    Day Topics
    1 Overview of Sustainability and infrastructure

    Introduction to the ISCA 'IS Rating Tool' with Case Studies

    Review of 'IS Rating Tool' Credits related to reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Consideration of Options for Low Carbon Infrastructure Outcomes
    2 Understanding how to alter weights on the 'IS Rating Tool' to better reflect project conditions

    Consideration of options for Knowledge Sharing in Infrastructure Projects and associated benefits

    Assessment of Ecological Performance of Infrastructure Projects

    Quiz 1
    3 Refresher on 'IS Rating Tool' (including executive breifing excersise)

    Excercise on the 'IS Rating Tool' Materials Calculator

    Consideration of methods to reduce vibration impacts on construction sites
    4 Review of 'IS Rating Tool' Credits to identify value adding potential

    Quiz 2
    5 Excercise on the 'IS Rating Tool' Innovation Credit

    Consideration of the value of stakeholder engagement 

    Quiz 3
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Throughout the course a number of blended and small group activities will be used to provide greater context for the material presented and provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer teaching and learning.
  • 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
    #Assessment TaskTask TypeLengthWeightingLearning Outcomes
    Participation Individual N/A 5%
    1 Quiz 1 Individual 90 mins 20% 1, 2, 6, 
    2 Quiz 2 Individual 90 mins 25% 1, 2, 4, 6
    3 Quiz 3 Individual 120 mins 30% 3, 4, 5, 6
    4 Written Test Individual 120 mins 20% 3, 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

    Quiz 1
    Open Book (Notes Only), Multiple Choice and Short Answer
    Weighting: 20% of Grade
    Undertaken in class

    Quiz 2
    Open Book (Notes Only), Multiple Choice and Short Answer
    Weighting: 25% of Grade
    Undertaken in class

    Quiz 3
    Open Book (Notes Only), Multiple Choice and Short Answer
    Weighting: 30% of Grade
    Undertaken in class

    Open Book (Notes Only), Case Assessment 
    Weighting: 20% of Grade
    Undertaken 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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