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Undergraduate Course: Architectural Practice: Working Learning (ARCH10027)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course introduces the MA Architecture degree's practice period in terms of the ethical, procedural, and business aspects around the profession of architecture. It also provides a framework that supports students in their practice period and facilitate an active reflection on their practice activities.

It comprises of a series of seminars and presentations to prepare for practice activity followed by distance learning delivered to support workplace activities. You will undertake coursework that reinforces and contexualises your work based learning.
Course description This course has two components. Induction orients students to the aims and objectives of the MA Architecture degree practice period. It provides guidance and support to help students identify and secure employment opportunities. Following this, Reflection combines workplace learning with a series of coursework assignments. It asks students to consider and reflect on their own experience simultaneously with academic study in aspects of professional practice.

The course content includes learning and teaching around the principles of professional practice. This encompasses the ethical underpinnings of professional practice, business structure, building procurement and pathways to professional registration.

You will be taught through a series of seminars and presentations on campus. During the practice period, the course is delivered by distance learning with tutorial support from dedicated practice support tutors.

The course forms part of the curriculum for the MA Hons Degree in Architecture as prescribed by the Architects Registration Board. All the Learning Outcomes for the course address the ARB criteria, GC4, 6, 10 and 11. Learning Outcomes 1 and 3 addresses the ARB criteria, GC10.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 15, Online Activities 25, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Placement Study Abroad Hours 197, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. You are asked to write four short texts each of 500 words in length on a series of topics relating to working in practice. This comprises 40% of the total mark for this course.
2. You are asked to prepare an illustrated design report (800 words in length) for a case study project that focuses on pertinent issues such as building procurement and statutory frameworks. This comprises 20% of the total mark for this course.
3. You are asked to write an essay of 2000 words chosen from a series of topics that engages with architecture as a profession in wider social and economic contexts. This comprises 40% of the total mark for this course.
Assessment component 1 addresses learning outcome 1, 2 + 3.
Assessment component 2 addresses learning outcome 2.
Assessment component 3 addresses learning outcome 3.

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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand business management and knowledge of the legal and statutory frameworks within which Architectural Design is practiced and delivered.
  2. Understand the role of the client, Architect and related professions in the costing, procurement and realisation of architectural design projects.
  3. Understand the role of the Architect in society, including knowledge of professionalism and emerging trends in the construction industry.
Reading List
Architect's Handbook of Practice Management, RIBA (2001)
Architect's Legal Handbook: the law for architects, Anthony Speight & Gregory Stone, 8th edition, Architectural Press (2004)
The Architect in Practice, David Chappell & Christopher J Willis, Blackwell (2005)
Architectural Knowledge: The Idea of a Profession, Francis Duffy and Les Hutton (1998)
Architecture 3.0: The Disruptive Design Practice Handbook, Cliff Moser (2013)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Be able to demonstrate the ability to understand the professional contexts around the discipline of architecture.
Be able to situate experience of the workplace within wider academic and intellectual frameworks.
Be able to reflect on work experience in a rigorous and critical manner.
KeywordsWork based learning,Architecture,Professional Practice
Course organiserMr Mark Cousins
Course secretaryMrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802
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