Study tours

Programs within the School of Property, Construction and Project Management open up many opportunities for international study. Students are encouraged to engage with the world academically, culturally and professionally.

The School of Property, Construction and Project Management offers study tours as elective courses for students to participate in, and gain a knowledge and understanding of property, building, construction and management principles around the globe.

Students and staff are often hosted by RMIT alumni from the School’s programs. The tours allow students to talk with these alumni and other employees who inhabit key roles in major projects. Site visits enable students to witness first-hand the different stages of project inception, construction, development and management.

These tours are open for all students within the School of Property, Construction and Project Management. However, it is common that only students who are in at least their second year of study are accepted for these trips, as an understanding of fundamental principles is required.

Students returning from study tours are able to reflect on the new perspectives they have gained and the experiences they have enjoyed.

Educational outcomes from the study tours have exposed the students to new technologies, techniques and management styles. They have been able to observe many different stages of construction and development, in a global context and realised the importance of infrastructure and the consideration of social, cultural and environmental responsibilities of construction and property development.

Destinations in the past have included Fiji, Hong Kong, China, Dubai, Singapore, Samoa, New Zealand, South Africa and Florida.

Information on study tour destinations and elective course details will be announced to students throughout the year.

2013 study tours

The School of Property, Construction and Project Management has announced the following study tours for 2013

Study tour to Fiji Islands (elective course)

June 28 – July 16 2013

The purpose of this study tour is to learn through cultural immersion about the social, environmental, and economic sustainable development in a small island country. Over the 18 days the tour will expose you to cultural aspects of land tenure and land administrative systems for Property, Construction and Project Management.

Costs are yet to be fully determined; however, we are trying to keep costs around $2,500 AUD, but it could be up to but no more than $3,000 AUD (tax inclusive). Included in these cost are the airfare, accommodation, some meals, and local transport (land and sea). Students will need to provide their own funding for some meals, incidentals, spending money, and any extra things they want to do during their free time. These are the trip costs, but please note - students will still be required to also pay their typical course registration / tuition type fees.

The course and tour will consist of: pre-departure workshops, local and international lectures, practical field trips and the construction of cyclone proof homes and is limited to 25 students only.

Students will complete the following task as part of their assessment: building of cyclone proof homes, a property feasibility and valuation, project management planning, scheduling and execution. This assessment is both practical and theoretical.

2010 study tours

Study Tour to International Asia: Dubai and Singapore (Elective Course BUIL 1207)

The School is held a study tour to visit the cities of Dubai and Singapore, to examine the implications for managing resources, time and people for large-scale projects. Students explored these methods with an international perspective.

Students in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year were welcome to participate in this study tour.

2009 study tours

The School of Property, Construction and Project Management held two study tours in 2009.

Fiji Islands (Elective Course BUIL 1161)

The study tour to the Fiji Islands was to learn about property valuation, investment and development related issues in a developing small island country, particularly within the context of social, cultural, environmental and economic sustainability.

The tour was guided by RMIT Senior Lecturer in Property and Valuation, Matt Myers, who was previously a lecturer at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, from 1999 to 2005.

Site visits included a water bottling factory, planned communities and the new Hilton hotel development. Students engaged with managers and local community members about human rights issues facing workers and collaborative techniques employed by landowners to create conservation strategies.

Although the trip included visits to some of the world’s most scenic places and five-star resorts, the most memorable part of the trip was visiting the students in Saraswati Manoca Primary School in a rural area north of Nausori Town, outside of Suva. RMIT students and staff provided sponsorship to many children in need, supplying them with new school backpacks, basic school supplies, shoes, uniform, casual clothing and small toys.

Student visit to Koro-i-Pita model town

Student visit to Koro-i-Pita model town

Beachside in Yasawas

Beachside in Yasawas

 RMIT Project Management Student Taumafai Komiti (right) with Saraswati Manoca Primary Class Four student, Tefau Joseph Hedstrom (age 10)

RMIT Project Management Student Taumafai Komiti (right) with Saraswati Manoca Primary Class Four student, Tefau Joseph Hedstrom (age 10)

Study Tour to International Asia (Elective Course BUIL 1207)

This study tour took students to the construction and property development capital of the world, Dubai, with a short stay in Singapore included. The purpose of this tour was to observe different stages og construction and introduce issues relating to large scale projects and explore the challenges of integrating the multitude of tasks and roles included in fulfilling project specifications.

The tour involved many site inspections to exciting ongoing projects of international developers Multiplex, Emirates and Nakheel. A range of projects were studied, from high-rise, strip-malls, public spaces and residential developments. Trips to Nahkeel’s ‘The World’ and Abu Dhabi filled an exciting itinerary.

Undergraduate Program Co-ordinator, Mark Vines, who has conducted previous tours to Dubai and Singapore, guided the tour.

Those who had participated in the Dubai tour in previous years commented on the difference in mood, as the global and local economic climate had forced big cut-backs in construction and property spending, providing an interesting boom/bust case study.

A model of The Palm development at Nakheel

A model of The Palm development at Nakheel

Students on site at Multiplex

Students on site at Multiplex

Construction in Dubai

Construction in Dubai