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Postgraduate Course: Architectural Management, Practice and Law (ARJA11002)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryLecture-based course whose aims are to develop the student's understanding of the professional requirements of an architect in practice and being admitted to the title of 'architect'. The course is also intended, in part, as being a preparation for fulfilling the requirements of the Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice and Management. It is also available to other candidates who are preparing for the Part 3 Examination and who have registered with the Office of Lifelong Learning.

The course will allow students to:

1. Acquire understanding of the issues and constituencies which influence the processes and delivery of design and theoretical aspects of project and practice management.
2. Understand the concept of professional responsibility and the legal, statutory, and ethical implications of the title of architect.
3. Introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of the architect in relation to the organisation, administration and management of an architectural project.
4. Develop an awareness and understanding of the financial matters bearing upon the creation and construction of built forms.
5. Develop an awareness of the changing nature of the construction industry, inter-relationships between individuals and organisations involved in building modern day building procurement.
6. Learn to manage learning needs to prepare for professional qualification.

In order to take this course students should have passed their first year design studio courses as well as Architectural Technology Research and Studies in Contemporary Architectural Theory courses from from year 1 M.Arch.
Course description Architectural Management and Professionalism
Business & Financial Management
Health & Safety
Universal Access & the DDA
The legal framework for Architectural practice
Planning for Architects
Building Contracts and procurement
Architectural briefing
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Architectural Design Studio C (Integrated) (ARCH11091) OR Architectural Design Studio C (Modular) (ARCH11089)
Students MUST have passed: Architectural Technology Research (ARCH11075)
Students MUST have passed: Architectural Design Studio D (Integrated) (ARCH11092) OR Architectural Design Studio D (Modular) (ARCH11090)
Students MUST have passed: Studies in Contemporary Architectural Theory (ARCH11070)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 24, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 30, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 21, Formative Assessment Hours 7, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 112 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Single written coursework of approximately 3000 words. Assessment is optional for OLL students.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course, the student is expected to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of practice management and codes of professional conduct in the context of the construction industry .
2. An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of individuals and organisations within architectural project procurement and contract administration, including knowledge of how cost control mechanisms operate within an architectural project.
3. An understanding of the influence of statutory, legal and professional responsibilities as relevant to architectural design projects.
4. An understanding of the potential impact of building projects (eg environmental, societal, political, economic, cultural) in a broader context.
Reading List
1. Speaight, A. & Stone, G., (2004) Architects Legal Handbook, 8th Edition, London:Architectural Press
2. Lupton, S., (2006) Guide to SBC05, London: RIBA Publishing,
3. Littlefield, D., (2005)Architects Guide to Running a Practice, Amsterdam, Boston:Architectural Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Contract administration practical experience
Research and writing skills
Special Arrangements None
Study Abroad None
Additional Class Delivery Information Lectures: Semester 1, Fridays 09.00 - 13.00, Week 4-12 only
KeywordsContracts, management, regulations, finance, health & safety, professionalism professional roles and
Course organiserMr Iain Scott
Tel: (0131 6)51 5785
Course secretaryMs Helen Wallace
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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