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Postgraduate Course: Architectural History and Theory Work Placement (20 credits) (ARCH11240)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is a work placement with a final written report. The course serves the MSc Architectural History and Theory. The placement runs over one semester, and demands one full day per week from the student. The internship has three main elements: a plan of work drawn up between the host institution, the student, and the postgraduate director, the work itself, and a final report which is assessed. The work itself will depend on what can be provided by the host institution, but will be appropriate and sustaining for a student at this level.
Course description The Architectural History and Theory Work Placement offers MSc Architectural History and Theory students the opportunity to undertake a sustained piece of work in a partner institution under supervision. Placement locations and topics will vary from year to year but are likely to include some of the main architectural archives in Edinburgh as well as other organisations responsible for the historic built environment.

Students will spend one day per week working on their placement project, potentially based in the host institution for some or all of this time, and working independently where necessary. A plan of work will be drawn up, covering the work to be done at the host institution (which could involve such things as the investigation of an archive collection, or the recording of a historic building) and the production of a final report of 4000 words which will reflect on the placement and present a detailed analysis of a theme or topic of interest to the student and agreed by the supervisor(s).

Informal meetings with the Course Organiser and/or other members of ESALA staff will be arranged as required.

The work placement is designed to give students experience of applying and developing their knowledge and skills on real projects for host organisations involved in architecture or built heritage in or near Edinburgh. Each project will be tailored to the host organisation and the student's individual needs and interests.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  5
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 80, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 114 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4,000 word report - 100%
Feedback Students will receive feedback through periodic tutorial meetings and/or written feedback on a plan for the placement report
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To demonstrate the application of practical skills and abilities in the organisation and management of their project, and the communication of its progress and results.
  2. To demonstrate the use of analytical skills to investigate, interpret and evaluate the evidence that is required in the creation of the Work Placement report.
  3. To demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on the student's own development during the project.
Reading List
There is no specific reading list. Relevant items appropriate to the placement topic/location will be identified on an individual basis
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. University of Edinburgh graduates draw on the quality, depth and breadth of their experiences to engage with the communities and world around them. With an informed international perspective, they seek to contribute positively, ethically and respectfully.
2. University of Edinburgh graduates use their highly-developed skills in research and enquiry to identify and creatively tackle problems, and to seek out opportunities for learning.
3. University of Edinburgh graduates are effective and proactive individuals, skilled in influencing positively and adapting to new situations with sensitivity and integrity.
Course organiserMr John Lowrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 2314
Course secretaryMiss Fanny To
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
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