Future Infrastructure: Building Back Better

The Smart Cities certificate introduces learners to the concept, reality, and technologies of smart cities – using examples from around the globe. Key course topics include detailing requirements that smart cities aim to achieve, underlying technologies that constitute smart cities' development – the internet of things (IoT) devices, data management. Students learn the importance of utilizing data in a decision-making and its effect on the participants - government, business, and consumers. Students also learn about privacy and regulatory needs in smart cities.

Starts: Monday, September 12, 2022
Format: completely online, 6-week courses
Engagement:  topical discussions on foundational course content, and current articles and media
Commitment:  approximately 5-10h per week; 30-60 hours total for the program
Assessments and certification: successful completion of weekly assignments earns a Certificate of completion from the College of Engineering at WSU (Wayne State University)

  • WSU enrolled students:  $250/course
  • WSU Alums:  $600/course
  • Others:  $1,200/course

Discounts available for Corporate Partners or companies with 5+ registrants

Technology requirement: Any laptop or smartphone with internet access

Course materials

Course materials will be available electronically at the start of the course.


INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENTS: Individual assessments are not timed and are multiple-choice questions.

ENGAGEMENT: You must make at least 2 posts, per week. Your posts/comments can either be on the Course Feed or Course Help sections. For example, you can make 1 newsfeed and 1 discussion comment, 2 newsfeed comments or 2 discussion comments each week and receive full credit.

Course schedule by week

Week Topics Engagement Individual Assessments

Introduction: How City Life is Being Transformed by Technology


Individual Assessment-1


Data in Smart Cities: Generation, Collection & Data Management, Sharing & Ownership


Individual Assessment-2


Transportation in Smart Cities: Shared Use Mobility, Vehicular Social Networks, Smart Traffic Systems


Individual Assessment-3


The Environment and Smart Cities - Infrastructure Needs and Designs


Individual Assessment-4


The Economics of Smart Cities- How "Smart" Changes Capital Investments, Quality of Life, and Sustainability


Individual Assessment-5


Smart Cities and Infrastructure


Individual Assessment-6