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SSUD71-237: Infrastructure and City Economics September 2021 [Standard - .]

General information

The subject explores the role of economic development and city planning in the development of soft and hard infrastructure that leads to economic prosperity for urban centres. The subject develops a comprehensive understanding of land development markets within cities. It then focuses on levels of governance and private investment responsible for infrastructure development and evaluates key drivers including political, social and environmental challenges in the realisation of infrastructure implementation. This subject will enable students to critically assess the socio-political context and explain key urban theory such as urban consolidation, environmental conservation offsets and the imporatance of building future capacity within infrastructure. Students engage with real live projects, stakeholders and a range of practitioners while participating in interactive lectures and blended learning activities. The students participate in online activities and reflective professional practice activities to build relevant experience in the design and land development industry.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD71-237
Subject title:Infrastructure and City Economics
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: It is recommended that students attend all lectures and field trips. Field trips and practitioner contact provide important experiential qualities in this subject. As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. It is also necessary for students to engage proactively and contribute positively in discussions, analyses and case studies. The assessments are an important part of developing the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil the minimum requirements of this subject. In addition to class contact hours, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out of class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning. More time may be required depending on the student's comprehension of the content delivered in class and aptitude for the subject. Please note that subsequent subjects assume the student has a full understanding of this subject - this content will not be repeated.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Explain and evaluate the links between land use and infrastructure development
  2. Develop professional consultancy skills relevant to both private and public practice such as communication, ethical standards and research capabilities.
  3. Undertake extensive research, data analysis, innovate in problem solving and presentation methods
  4. Comprehension of the relationship between economic prosperity, sustainable development and infrastructure provision.
  5. Understanding of how funding partnerships for infrastructure enhances the standards of service and timing of infrastructure implementation.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Case Analysis § Undertake a case study report on a major infrastructure project in an Australian capital city. Evaluate the scope, budget and funding of the project. Assess the project outcomes evaluating the socioeconomic benefits and determinants related with implementing the infrastructure. 40% Week 6 1, 2, 4.
Project Report § To identify a major infrastructure need within an urban area . Provide a report, including a project brief, providing detail on rational and needs assessment. funding, timing and intended outcomes of the infrastructure project. Present material to students and project clients. 60% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Pass requirement

No pass requirement on an individual assessment

  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Orientation to the role of infrastructure, how it is funded and its relationship to economic development in urban areas

1, 4, 5.

An investigation into how infrastructure has played a significant role in the development of national prosperity across Australia allowing students to demonstrate an understanding city planning and land development concepts

1, 4, 5.

Examples are introduced to allow students to explore how cognitive, technical and spatial relationships behind infrastructure provision impacts on economic development outcomes.

1, 3, 4, 5.

Through the use of case studies students will learn how to determine how infrastructure needs are conceptualized, planned, funded and delivered to ensure continues economic development

1, 3, 4.

To understand the application of knowledge to specific examples of infrastructure students will tour major infrastructure sites in the region to evaluate waste management, transport infrastructure and other examples. NOTE: Field trip may be conducted virtually if there are public health restrictions in place.

1, 2, 4.

To establish sound knowledge and skills to initiate, plan and evaluate the broad planning requirements of infrastructure for a rapidly changing climate and to assess the impacts on infrastructure and economic development

1, 3, 4.

To develop a sound knowledge and professional planning practice basis for theoretical understanding of barriers to infrastructure provision, community consultation and first nation considerations in case studies.

1, 3, 4.

To expose students to career opportunities for planners and infrastructure professional practitioners; providing insight into problem solving and processes of infrastructure delivery

1, 2, 4.

The investigation and research into the impacts of a changing climate and its influence on creating resilient global cities while ensuring economic prosperity.

1, 3, 4.

Development and understanding of how and why infrastructure project are conceptulised, reported on rational , funding, project brief, timing and monitoring outcomes.

1, 3, 4, 5.
Approved on: Jul 14, 2021. Edition: 1.2