INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS, INTERDEPENDENCIES AND RESILIENCE - 2018/9

Module code: ENGM264

Module Overview

Infrastructure systems have become increasingly complex and interconnected which results in strong interdependencies between them. These systems may become fragile and subject to disruptions that can have significant consequences both in the local as well as national and global level. This module provides the background required for modelling the interconnected nature of infrastructure systems and understanding the different types of interdependencies that exist between them. It also gives an overview of the different risks that need to be considered for assessing the resilience of these systems and discusses the different options available for sustaining their continuous operation and preventing cascading failures.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

IMAM B Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: K420

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

 Normal entry requirements for a degree course in Civil Engineering

Module content


Introduction


Examples of catastrophes and lessons learnt; Definitions and terminology; Introduction to systems thinking


Infrastructure Sectors and Interdependencies


Overview of infrastructure sectors: transport, energy, water & waste, ICT; Systemic interdependencies; Critical Infrastructure; Definitions of criticality and performance


Infrastructure Resilience


Definitions; Challenges related to different users/operators; Risk, hazards, vulnerability; Resilience measures


Case studies


2007 UK floods case studies; Ulley Reservoir; Mythe Water Treatment Works; Walham Electricity Substation


Systems Thinking, Modelling and Analysis


Evolution of systems thinking; Systems methodologies; Systems thinking in the UK – examples; Analyses of interdependencies, cascade failures


Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation


Adaptation vs mitigation; Climate changes risks and impacts on infrastructure sectors; Extreme weather management


Government, Governance and Infrastructure


            Government vs Governance definitions; Regulated and unregulated infrastructure sectors; Infrastructure appraisal and investment

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2 HOUR EXAM 75
Coursework COURSEWORK 25

Alternative Assessment

None.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:


Ability to identify and different types and levels of interdependencies that exist between different infrastructure sectors and prioritise them according to their criticality (LO’s 1, 2) through a 2-hour unseen examination and coursework.
Ability to propose system models and adopt a systems approach to appraise the resilience of infrastructure systems with respect to different risks and hazards (LO’s 1, 2, 4) through a 2-hour unseen examination.
Ability to propose measures for increasing the resilience of infrastructure systems (LO’s 3, 4) through a 2-hour unseen examination and coursework.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Examination [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 2, 3, 4] (2 hours) {75%}

·         Coursework on case study of an infrastructure sector [Learning outcomes assessed 1, 3, a, b, c, d, e] (15 hours) {25%}

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through written feedback on the submitted coursework and through discussion exercises on SurreyLearn 

Module aims

  • Introduce the terminology and definitions required for systems modelling of infrastructures and their resilience assessment.
  • Provide understanding into the resilience and vulnerability of infrastructure systems against different types of hazards and unanticipated conditions.
  • Demonstrate the interdependent nature of infrastructure systems through case studies of past failures

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Discuss the different types of interdependencies that exist within and across different infrastructure sectors. KCPT
002 Assess the different types of hazards and risks that need to be considered during infrastructure systems analysis. KCPT
003 Synthesize and specify appropriate policies and actions to improve the resilience of infrastructure systems CPT
004 Discuss the cross-sectoral challenges existing within the complex nature of interconnected infrastructure systems CT
005 Technical report writing T
006 reviewing, assessing and critical thinking T
007 independent learning skills T
008 Information retrieval skills T
009 Synthesis of data T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 30

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

This compulsory module forms the foundation required for system modelling and analysis of infrastructure systems and their performance assessment under the influence of different risks/hazards and interdependencies.

The module is principally delivered by 3-hour lectures/seminars by academic staff as well as invited external expert speakers on the topic.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures/Seminars (30 hours)
Independent learning (including directed reading) (118 hours)


 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS, INTERDEPENDENCIES AND RESILIENCE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm264

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Structural Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Bridge Engineering MSc 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Infrastructure Engineering and Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Civil Engineering MEng 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.