Course Title: Human Relations in the Project Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Relations in the Project Environment

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Constr & Proj Mgt


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Matt Myers

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1726

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.33

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students are to have completed at least one semester of graduate studies in any program within School of Property Construction and Project Management.

Course Description

The purpose of the study tour is to learn and observe Human Resource Management issues affecting a Project Manager in a developing small island country, particularly with consideration to socially, environmentally, and economically sustainability.

Students will be responsible for the associated travel, accommodation, transport, meals and incidental costs. A group booking will be made for the flights and accommodation and these costs have been estimated to be $12,500 for return economy airfare and twin share room only accommodation. Payments for the airfare and accommodation will need to be received 6 weeks prior to travel, and once paid are subject to substantial cancellation fees imposed by the Travel Agent and the hotel. Details of the cancellation fees can be obtained from the Course Co-ordinator. The tour dates are 11-23 August 2009.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the completion of this course students will be able to, in respect to Human Resources and Project Management:
• Display an understanding of the issues relating to socially, culturally, and economically sustainable property development in developing small island countries;
• Display an understanding of the issues of land and land tenure in Pacific Island culture;
• Display and understanding of the issues relating to affordable housing, and the impact these have on achieving growth in the property sector;
• Display knowledge of the unique issues and processes that a foreign developer faces in developing in a developing country;

This course will enable students to:
• understand the principles of sustainable development and housing affordability;
• critically analyse the approaches taken to these issues in developing island countries;
• see social, economic, and cultural impacts of property development in third-world countries.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will consist of site visits to existing, proposed, or defunct property developments (hotels, studio project, resorts, tourist activities) in Fiji, and several short lectures at the University of the South Pacific on land tenure and property development issues in Fiji and throughout the Pacific Island Countries.

Overview of Learning Resources

Most of the learning resources will be the on-site visits with some of two-hours of lectures at the University of the South Pacific by local experts, government officials and academics in economics, sociology, and land management.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include participation in all study tour activities and a research project as agreed upon by Course Coordinator and PCPM Postgraduate Coordinator.