KA6037 - Architectural and Design Project Management

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What will I learn on this module?

This module prepares you for entry into professional practice. You will critically appraise aspects of management on the procurement of design projects, with consideration of the wider professional and regulatory context of the construction industry. Presentations will also discuss the varieties of practice management and business models. The production of a management report which links to your studio design project encourages the critical application of taught content to your learning. The production of an employability portfolio bridges the link from the academy to professional practice, and demands your active consideration of potential areas of employment. You will develop an appreciation of:

- funding mechanisms and procurement methods
- the regulatory roles of professional bodies within the Construction Industry
- wider opportunities in the developing role of the architect and interior architect
- principles of the workstages of traditional construction projects (RIBA Outline Plan of Work, etc.)
- ethical practice (including sustainability, practice, and health and safety)
- business models and types of practice
- consents, contracts and law
- employability, marketing and promotion
- critical evaluation of current practices, models and sectors

How will I learn on this module?

The lecture and presentation programme will introduce you to a critical overview of the professional context of architecture and interior architecture using case studies of standard and alternative practices. This will be underpinned with reference to the legal, contractual, managerial and regulatory processes that influence procurement of design projects. You will be expected to critically evaluate this array of information towards the development of a critical and evaluative approach to the realisation of built projects, as well as to shaping your own future career path. Taught content will be supplemented by your own independent research, in order to propose a critically argued procurement method to your studio design project. You will also be expected to develop the relevant professional and academic communications skills to produce a comprehensive employability portfolio in preparation of your practical experience.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the complexity of procurement methods and managerial and business models. Lecture presentations, as well as supporting documentation, will be made available on the eLearning Portal (eLP), allowing constant access to these learning materials. Seminars will offer opportunities for you to discuss and contextualise this knowledge, and an open door policy will address individual queries. Feedback through seminars and lecture discussions will provide guidance for further development of your learning and critical appraisal of your application of the module content. Case studies will provide current examples of relevant practice, supported by a series of lectures from internal and external speakers from the construction industry. The University Library will provide you with recommended texts for this module, as well as comprehensive academic skills support through the 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?

Lectures will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the complexity of procurement methods and managerial and business models. Lecture presentations, as well as supporting documentation, will be made available on the eLearning Portal (eLP), allowing constant access to these learning materials. Seminars will offer opportunities for you to discuss and contextualise this knowledge, and an open door policy will address individual queries. Feedback through seminars and lecture discussions will provide guidance for further development of your learning and critical appraisal of your application of the module content. Case studies will provide current examples of relevant practice, supported by a series of lectures from internal and external speakers from the construction industry. The University Library will provide you with recommended texts for this module, as well as comprehensive academic skills support through the Ask4Help online service.

How will I be assessed?

Lectures will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the complexity of procurement methods and managerial and business models. Lecture presentations, as well as supporting documentation, will be made available on the eLearning Portal (eLP), allowing constant access to these learning materials. Seminars will offer opportunities for you to discuss and contextualise this knowledge, and an open door policy will address individual queries. Feedback through seminars and lecture discussions will provide guidance for further development of your learning and critical appraisal of your application of the module content. Case studies will provide current examples of relevant practice, supported by a series of lectures from internal and external speakers from the construction industry. The University Library will provide you with recommended texts for this module, as well as comprehensive academic skills support through the Ask4Help online service.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module prepares you for entry into professional practice. You will critically appraise principles and practices of management in the procurement of design projects, with consideration of the wider professional and regulatory context of the construction industry. Presentations will discuss the varieties of practice management and creative business models. The production of a management report encourages the critical application of this taught content to your learning. The production of a digital employability portfolio bridges the link from the academy to professional practice, and demands your active consideration of potential areas of employment following graduation. As such, this module encourages interrogation of a range of alternatives to your personal and professional development, as well as providing practical measures for your entry into professional practice.

What will I learn on this module?

This module prepares you for entry into professional practice. You will critically appraise aspects of management on the procurement of design projects, with consideration of the wider professional and regulatory context of the construction industry. Presentations will also discuss the varieties of practice management and business models. The production of a management report which links to your studio design project encourages the critical application of taught content to your learning. The production of an employability portfolio bridges the link from the academy to professional practice, and demands your active consideration of potential areas of employment. You will develop an appreciation of:

- funding mechanisms and procurement methods
- the regulatory roles of professional bodies within the Construction Industry
- wider opportunities in the developing role of the architect and interior architect
- principles of the workstages of traditional construction projects (RIBA Outline Plan of Work, etc.)
- ethical practice (including sustainability, practice, and health and safety)
- business models and types of practice
- consents, contracts and law
- employability, marketing and promotion
- critical evaluation of current practices, models and sectors

Course info

UCAS Code W251

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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