Public/Private Interface for Sustainable Infrastructure - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Case Study - Individual & Group (30-40%) , Group Discussion Board Task - (20-30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,233.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,483.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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The unit provides students with an appreciation of the issues surrounding effective public/private interface in the provision of sustainable infrastructure services. Students are introduced to academic and community debate and critique of public/private sector collaboration in facilitating a sustainable national infrastructure to support business and communities in today’s global economy. Students explore concepts associated with the history of collaborative arrangements between public/private sectors, major policy issues in sustainable collaborative alliances, public private partnerships (PPPs) and other forms of cross-sectoral collaboration. Content includes:

  • Risk sharing and management
  • Safeguarding public interest
  • Delivering public value
  • Value for money
  • Collaborative governance and accountability
  • Financing of public / private collaborative projects
  • Cross-sectoral collaborative practice and stakeholder engagement

PPPs are evaluated through case study analysis with students having the opportunity to research PPPs relevant to their industry, their organisation and their region.

After successfully completing this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply coherent advanced knowledge of the changing role of the public and private sectors in delivering economic and social infrastructure using critical thinking
  2. Apply Public Private Interface fundamentals in the analysis, design and operation of models for delivery of infrastructure from the perspective of risk sharing, public interest, public value, value for money, governance, accountability, and financing
  3. Critique the importance of understanding stakeholders, project management and design issues concerning collaborative practice in infrastructure provision, including holistic risk assessment and management
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of academic and policy debates regarding the sustainable public outcomes of public-private partnerships individually and within groups.
  • Case Study — Individual & Group (30-40%)
  • Group Discussion Board Task — (20-30%)
  • Report — (30-50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • LMC703 — Public/Private Interface for Sustainable Infrastructure

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Historical perspectives on the public-private mix
2Collaborative arrangements between the public and private sectors
3Safeguarding public interest and delivering public value
4Sustainable collaborative alliances and partnerships
5Value for money
6Collaborative governance and accountability
7Financing of public / private collaborative projects
8PPP good practice and viability
9Designing effective and sustainable partnerships
10Project management and stakeholder engagement
11Exploring evaluation frameworks through Case Examples

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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