Jim,The ICMA publication Managing Local Government Services: A Practical Guide has a very good treatment of public works in chapter 9. That chapter's author is named Cathy R. Lazarus. She may be able to assist you more directly. Pages 419-420 are an extensive list of web sources and ICMA publications that should be helpful. I have to admit that is a pretty specialized course for MPA students, let alone undergrads. If you have the ability to design the course curriculum you might also consider capital projects planning and budgeting, facilities management and even parks and rec to broaden the scope some and provide a larger context. I address some of this in my State and Local Government class and Principles and Practices of Urban Planning class at Elmhurst College. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com for more specifics. Hope this helps.