The module uses two modes of assessment to develop and test different types of knowledge, skills
and aptitudes, and module learning outcomes. Your grade for the module will be based on an
individual essay up to 2500 words which accounts for 70% of your mark and a group presentation
which accounts for 30% of your overall mark for the module. Both assessments will address issues
covered in the sessions and in the essential readings. The aim of the essay is to allow students to
apply what they have learnt in the module creatively and critically to produce an original piece of
writing. The assessments will focus more on your ability to use your knowledge of the subject, rather
than simply testing your memory for facts.
Essay Topics (70%)
1) You are a policy adviser working for a national regulator of a mature infrastructure network
(you can choose the infrastructure and the nation). Write a paper discussing the obstacles to
innovation for sustainability in the sector and approaches to encourage it.
2) Using an example of an infrastructure megaproject, discuss how to manage innovation and
risks from innovation across the project’s life.
3) A city (of your choosing) is investing in a new piece of infrastructure for sustainability.
Outline the initiative you would recommend and why. Describe the opportunities and risks
for delivering increased sustainability through this initiative.
4) Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: achieving Net Zero can best be
approached at the national level?
5) Identify up to three ways of ensuring that only the most efficient and promising
infrastructure projects are developed, illustrating each recommendation with a real life case
In a good essay a student will have:
developed an argument in response to the essay question using several appropriate areas of
shown their understanding of some challenges in infrastructure development/innovation/
finance/governance/regulation that are relevant to the essay question
demonstrated a grasp of relevant conceptual material
illustrated an ability to apply relevant concepts within the description and analysis of fitting
shown some creativity/originality in thinking