KA6008 - Practice Management and Law

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the procurement and administration of a construction project; the contractual, legal and statutory framework; and information on an Architect’s professional duties and responsibilities. You will learn about enterprise; formulation of a business plan and how to prepare a financial forecast.

How will I learn on this module?

Material is delivered by lectures, supported by case studies, seminar presentations and where possible visits to offices and sites, and students are asked to research case study material using their year out experience and where possible their links with practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Feedback on formative and summative assignments will be offered verbally and in written form which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of your work and performance. Project material will be available on the eLearning Portal (ELP) so that you can access information when you need to and we operate an open door policy to help support student learning when it is needed most. The university library offers support for all students through its catalogue and an Ask4Help Online service.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

KU 1. Demonstrate an understanding of and critical perspective on the constraints and influences on architectural practice through study of related theories, processes and legislative controls; and their appropriate application.

KU 2. Evaluate, propose and use appropriate visual, verbal and written communication methods and appropriate media to represent the testing, analysis, critical appraisal and resolution of complex design problems.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Apply the principles of management and demonstrate a critical appreciation of legislation to the design process.

IPSA 2. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of design-thinking to ensure an appropriate response.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

PVA 1. Develop and articulate an understanding of, and personal engagement with the ethical, professional, financial and social responsibilities of a design professional within a multi-disciplinary environment.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

Will take place at interim reviews to provide ongoing developmental guidance and reflection. You will be encouraged to take part in critical discussion and debate to promote peer learning.

Summative Assessment

Is of the 2 submitted components

1. Scenario Questions (50%)

2. Business Plan and Financial Forecast (50%)





Module abstract

This module will give an insight into Professional Practice, the legislative and administrative environment for starting a practice and architectural job-running. It addresses the Architect’s professional obligations and responsibilities and design-thinking in entrepreneurial and creative application of practice.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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