Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Subject CVEN90043 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours (Lectures: 2 hours per week, Workshops: 2 hours per week)
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Abbas Rajabifard


Professor Abbas Rajabifard

Subject Overview:

This subject provides an overview of a wide range of issues relating to the design and operation of infrastructure, with a particular focus on the environmental, economic and civic sustainability of the projects. Students will gain an understanding of the complexities of decision-making in this sector and the role of government and regulation, the use of land and spatial information systems, as well as practical skills in assessing the financial and environmental impacts. The lectures and tutorials will be structured around case studies of various infrastructure projects. Students are expected to actively contribute to case study discussions in tutorials


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Discuss the sustainability of infrastructure with regard to environmental, economic and civic issues
  • Utilise a range of analytical tools useful for assessing the environmental and financial sustainability of infrastructure
  • Identify key issues in the design and operation across a broad range of infrastructure
  • Explore issues of governance, ethics and competing stakeholder interests

One 2 hour examination, end of semester (40%)
One Group major assignment report ( Max 4000 words), due at the end of semester (20%)
One 20 minute group presentation, due mid semester (10%)
Contribution to and participation in issues raised during tutorials and preparation throughout semester (12%)
One mid semester test of 30 minutes duration (18%)

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering
Master of Engineering Management
Master of Engineering Management
Master of Engineering Project Management
Master of Engineering Project Management
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Environmental Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Civil Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Environmental)
Master of Engineering (Geomatics)
Master of Engineering (Structural)

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