Our master's program for infrastructure and facilities professionals is being revamped


Monash has been delivering the Master of Infrastructure and Management (MIEM) as an online degree for a number of years. The Department of Civil Engineering has brought in some fresh minds to revise the program which will be open to enrolments later this year for commencement Semester 1 2019. Dr Mehrdad Arashpour has recently completed a systematic review of the pedagogy, content, structure and assessment strategies of the master’s program to update the course and enhance the online learning experience for students.

The MIEM is a popular degree for individuals working in industries and public agencies who deal with public infrastructure and facilities. The course is structured to provide them with the skills to make a difference in people’s lives. Guided by an advisory board to provide professional comment on the relevancy of the content and delivery of MIEM. The new format of MIEM will also provide students with the opportunity to undertake a real-world research project, a core component of the program. The project can be incorporated with one from the student’s workplace but must apply learning from the other core units of the revised program.

The intention of revising the program is also to strike a stronger balance between academic grounding and the contemporary challenges faced by infrastructure engineers today, such as the intelligent systems incorporating the best use of technology for infrastructure design and monitoring incorporating BIM (Building Information Modelling/Management), robotics, remote sensing and other methods. The academic standard of the master’s program is set to lift as well with direct teaching leadership coming from Departmental staff throughout the program, rather than sessional teachers.

Dr Arashpour has analysed student feedback from past years and is focused on improving the quality of the online delivery of the subjects. In the mix is the introduction of flipped classroom activities, digital videos to deliver information directly from the lecturer and real-time discussion forums using Monash’s virtual learning environment, Moodle. Assessment will also be updated to be more appropriate for a digital, online course and remove the previous emphasis on a major examination.

Currently being assessed for accreditation, the revitalised Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management will be open to enrolments later this year. Follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn for updates about MIEM and other Departmental news.