Course Title: Infrastructure Planning and Evaluation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Infrastructure Planning and Evaluation

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Dr David law

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 0321

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.13.31

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Engineering Economics and project evaluation

Course Description

This course deals with the systems analysis of infrastructure programs and projects, including the technical, social, environmental and economic aspects. It deals with concepts such as the organizational aspects of infrastructure management, infrastructure project feasibility and appraisal, project finance, project procurement, life cycle costing and value engineering, and risk management. These will enable students to prepare and evaluate business case studies and technical feasibility studies for civil infrastructures.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course the student should have the abilities to:

Document the different phases in the life cycle of an infrastructure project.
Gather background information and research and describe its impact on the project.
Apply the basic principles of project appraisal and evaluation, and determining feasibility of projects to procedures using methods such as Cost-Benefit Analysis.
Describe and explain the principles of financial planning and cost planning of a civil infrastructure project.
Describe and explain the basic features of risk and quality management of a project, and the extent that these management areas need to be implemented.
Understand the concepts of financial, economic, social and environmental impact and describe and explain how these are undertaken in an infrastructure project.
Describe and explain the main features of project evaluation.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures, tutorials, written assignments, study of notes, reference texts, case studies

Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended texts;

Parkin J & Sharma D, Infrastructure Planning (Thomas Telford,1999)

Burdge R.J & Vanclay F, The Concepts, Process and Methods of Social Impact Assessment (Social Ecology Press, 2004)

Squire L & Van der Tak H.G, Economic Analysis of Projects 9 John Hopkins University Press, 1975)

Gilpin A, Environmental Impact (Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Shunk G.A, Transportation Planning Handbook (Prentice Hall, 1992)

Burke R, Project Management – Planning and Control (Wiley, 1999)

Standards Australia: AS / NZS 4360 Risk Management

Antill J. & Farmer B. Engineering Management ( McGraw-Hill 1991)

Overview of Assessment

Written Assignments  Schedule to be advised in lectures

Written Examination: Weighting:  Closed book