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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Placement: Professional Practice (ARCH10031)

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 is part of the MA(Hons) Landscape Architecture programme. Placement refers to the period when you undertake work experience or related research into professional practice. The Professional Practice course involves reflecting upon aspects of profession practice and asks you to produce a 3,000-word Reflective Essay, as a personal articulation of a topic relevant to contemporary professional practice. The course is underpinned by a series of lectures and related resources that examine what it is to be a professional landscape architect, while offering the first steps toward the Landscape Institutes Pathway to Chartership.
Course description The work placement period is a significant component of the Landscape Architecture MA(Hons) curriculum, introducing you to concerns involved in professional practice and, more specifically, in landscape architecture design work carried out during placement and before full graduation.
The course assignment (see assessment section) asks you to focus on a particular aspect of professional practice and use your own judgement, in relation to learning resources, to produce a reflective study on that subject. The objective is to develop your ability for self-directed and reflective learning in relation to a professional context.
The course will be underpinned by lectures and related resources that cover issues pertinent to professional practice, including ethical and legal responsibilities, project management and implementation, technical documentation and quality management, client and stakeholder engagement, alongside broader contemporary practice and theory.
These aspects respond to the UK Landscape Institutes Pathway to Chartership, providing you with the first step in becoming fully chartered landscape architects. More broadly it allows you to understand what it means to be a professional.

The Aims of the Course are:
To develop an understanding of the professional context of landscape architecture;
To situate workplace experience within wider academic and intellectual frameworks;
To reflect upon working practices and methods in a rigorous and critical manner;
To observe emerging trends in the landscape architecture industry;
To strengthen individual awareness of personal development goals.

You will receive briefing lectures before going on placement in semester 2, and these will be supported through Online Distance Learning while you are on placement. You will be allocated a dedicated placement tutor to act as mentor and ensure that flexibility of contact is balanced with ensuring adequate support while you are studying off-campus.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students enrolled on the MA (Hons) Landscape Architecture programme.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 5, Online Activities 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 183 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In this course, you will produce a 3,000-word Reflective Essay, offering a personal reflection on a landscape architectural practice, regulatory or technical topic of your choice, which should be also relevant to contemporary professional practice. The submission is due in Week 12.

Students are marked against the Learning Outcomes. The assessment is based on all the Learning Outcomes, which are weighted equally.

Students who secure placements might select a topic that affords reflection on their own work-experience, while students conducting self-directed practice or research might select a topic that draws upon, supports or extends that activity.

The essay should formulate and express a reflective and critical opinion of the topic, while drawing on any relevant literature or data that supports your own perspective.

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
The report is graded directly against the Learning Outcomes of the course.
Students can still pass the course overall if they fail one Learning Outcome.
Feedback Week 3: submission on LEARN of a 600-word synopsis setting the context of an identified topic of study, contents summary and reading list or relevant data sources. This submission will be used by the allocated tutor only to organise and prepare a video tutorial with you the following week.

Week 5: submission of a draft of your reflective essay. You will receive short written formative feedback from your allocated tutor within 15 working days. You will receive online contact with the tutor for assignment development and placement support.

a) Summative feedback

After the submission of the 3,000-word Reflective Essay you will receive short written summative feedback.
Summative feedback will comprise grading based on the course learning outcomes. All of the learning outcomes will be weighted equally.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of how landscape architecture practices (or related practices) operate in a professional context with regards to practice, regulatory and technical aspects.
  2. Coherently and critically describe how you have reflected on and learned about a professional project you were exposed to or researched.
  3. Produce a verbally and visually refined, well-referenced and clearly structured document that represents your personal development in relation to a reflective study.
Reading List
Duffy, F. and Hutton L. Architectural Knowledge: The Idea of a Profession (1998)
Moser, C. Architecture 3.0: The Disruptive Design Practice Handbook (2013)
Basta, C., Dordrecht, S. M. (eds) Ethics, design and planning of the built environment (2012)
Garmory, N., Tennant, R., Winsch, C. Professional practice for landscape architects. London: Architectural (2007)
Chappell, D., Willis, C. J. The Architect in Practice (2005)
Essays, Reports and Dissertations: Guidance Notes on the Preparation and Presentation of Written Work. Russell, Terrence M, University of Edinburgh Library Guide No. 42 (1992)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course has a substantial capacity for contributing to the development of personal and professional attributes and skills across all SCQF characteristics of learning due to the undertaking of the placement itself. In addition, upon the successful completion of this course you will have:

- Improved evaluation and analytical skills with regards to personal working methods and self-directed learning
- Developed awareness of your own personal and professional development within a professional context
- Developed awareness of working with others, including professional engagement with clients and stakeholders
KeywordsWork Experience,Personal Development,Reflective Practice,Placement
Course organiserMr Ross McLean
Tel: (0131 6)51 5796
Course secretaryMr Brendan Sweeney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6329
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