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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Edinburgh College of Art : Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Undergraduate Course: Architectural Practice: Reflection (ARCH10026)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides for recording and reflecting on professional practice in the MA Architecture degree's practice period. It is intended as an academic companion to work based learning. The course is introduced through a short series of seminars, followed by active reflection during placement period through a structured journal.
Course description This course has two components. Induction orients students to academic skills in reflective writing and the role of journals. Reflection comprises active learning, reflection and recording through practice activity.

The course is centred on your experiences of professional practice. Students have the opportunity to study in a practice environment and build up formatively assessed contributions over time to form a substantial piece of reflective work. It is undertaken through an assessed journal with formative assessment.

You will be taught through a short series of online lectures. During the practice period, the course is delivered by distance learning to support your employment commitments. Tutorial support will be provided by dedicated practice support tutors.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Architectural Design: Any Place (ARCH08006)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  117
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 28, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Placement Study Abroad Hours 117, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 42 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course comprises of 1 assessment component. Reflective Journal (5 entries of around 750 words each) 100%, due in week 11.

The assessment component addresses all the learning outcomes for this course. All the learning outcomes are equally weighted in the assessment of your work. You should refer to the programme handbook for further information.
Feedback You will receive formative feedback on your initial two journal entries. This will be after your second journal entry. You will receive written summative feedback on completion of your assignment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an ability to identify key themes and offer comment on contemporary issues in practice and the workplace.
  2. Show understanding through critical reflection of the academic, social, ethical and cultural contexts of practice and the workplace.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively and rigorously the process of your practice period.
Reading List
Architect's Handbook of Practice Management, RIBA (2001)
The Architect in Practice, David Chappell & Christopher J Willis, Blackwell (2005)
Architecture 3.0: The Disruptive Design Practice Handbook, Cliff Moser (2013)
The Reflective Practitioner, Donald Schon (1983)
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 record and reflect on work experience in a rigorous and critical manner
Be able to articulate and then communicate about employment and career development in a critical way
KeywordsWork based learning,Architecture,Reflection
Course organiserMs Laura Harty
Tel: (0131 6)58 2319
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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