2018 Summer School Subject List

Decision Making on Mega Projects (ITLS6500)

Faculty: Business (Business School)
Department: Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies
Level: Postgraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1)  Matthew Beck - matthew.beck@sydney.edu.au

(1)  Business ITLS info - business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 18 Jan 2018 
End Date: 22 Feb 2018 
Capacity: 80 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 03 Oct 2017 
Applications Close: 08 Dec 2017 
Census date: 02 Feb 2018 
On-time withdrawals close: 02 Feb 2018 
Available to audit: Yes
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Corequisite: - 

    ITLS5000 or TPTM5001 or ITLS5100 or TPTM6241 or INFS5001


Infrastructure is crucial to economic performance; without it business cannot operate efficiently or competitively. Delivery of large infrastructure projects, however, is complex and despite many more mega-projects being undertaken than any time in history, the majority of these projects are completed significantly over budget and longer than planned.

In this unit students will be introduced to mega-project decision making. The sources of social and technical complexity are discussed, issues of risk management and governance explored, and human biases in decision making are also highlighted.

Strategies to overcome weaknesses in mega-project decision making are also outlined.


Individual assignments x 2 (40%), group assignment (30%), final exam (30%)


Start Date: 18 Jan 2018     End Date: 22 Feb 2018


Thurs 18th Jan 09:00 - 17:00

Fri 19th Jan 09:00 - 17:00

Thurs 1st Feb 09:00 - 17:00

Fri 2nd Feb 09:00 - 17:00

Thurs 8th Feb 09:00 - 17:00

Thurs 22nd Feb 09:00 - 17:00

Final Exam

Sun 25th Feb, 9:00 Start (2hrs & 10 mins reading)


Lectures: Merewether Lecture Room 6 (Room 160)

Exam: Abercrombie Business School Seminar Room 2003