• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Engineering, Resource and Environmental Management, Design
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Noam Maitless
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course
  • Graduate Attributes
    • Critical Thinking

The design of infrastructure systems can have significant positive and negative environmental impacts. Across its construction, operation and retirement, contemporary infrastructure must be designed to consider the environment, not just on a local scale but nationally and internationally. This course will consider the impacts of design decisions on large- and small-scale infrastructure across all stages of the life-cycle. Infrastructure design to support significant transitions such as zero-carbon, -emissions, and -waste will be explored along with design can build resilience to external shocks for infrastructure. Case studies across key sectors including energy, waste, transport and buildings in urban and rural settings will be used to investigate the application of design principles and the impacts of decisions. Various design approaches will be introduced to explore the role of design and decision-making to ensure positive environmental impacts from infrastructure systems. These include sustainable infrastructure design, green building design, cradle-to-cradle design, bio-mimicry, regenerative design, and design with country. This course will provide an important focus on indigenous perspectives and contributions to this field of study. Students will be able to draw on course materials that provide diverse gender, cultural, and geographical perspectives on these topics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand and critique a range of sustainable design approaches suitable for infrastructure design
  2. Describe and critique current and proposed engineering transitions
  3. Select and apply design approaches to develop sustainable infrastructure
  4. Design and evaluate infrastructure for its environmental impact
  5. Critically reflect on the impact of design decisions on the sustainability of infrastructure across the life-cycle

Other Information

Course will be offered from Semester 2, 2023 onwards.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Workshop quizzes (20) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Infrastructure design report (15) [LO 1,5]
  3. Team infrastructure design scope (15) [LO 1,2]
  4. Engineering transition presentation (20) [LO 2,5]
  5. Team infrastructure design report and presentation (30) [LO 3,4,5]

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130 hours per semester consisting of the following activities:

3-hr Design Workshop / week

Workshop preparation and pre-material / week

Independent research and assessment preparation

Engagement in teamwork activities

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3901, ENGN3902 and ENGN3903.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9158 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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