KA5034 - Management Principles and Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

Within this module you will develop your knowledge of the wider professional and regulatory context of architecture and interior architecture practice. The taught content will also discuss aspects of business and management as related to design professionals. You will acquire an overview of the interrelated functions, professions and practices which professional designers must engage with in the realisation of their projects. The production of a management report which links to your studio design project enables the practical application of taught content to your learning. You will develop an appreciation of:

- the Construction Industry and its Professional Roles & Functions
- Professional Institutions within the Construction Industry and their functions – eg ARB, RIBA, RICS, CIOB
- the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in the many aspects of design and development
- the challenges and opportunities in the developing role of the architect and interior architect
- procurement routes and the workstages of construction projects (including the RIBA Outline Plan of Work)
- concepts of professionalism
- ethical practice (including sustainability, practice, and health and safety)
- organisational structures and management
- consents, contracts and law

How will I learn on this module?

The lecture programme will introduce you to the wider professional context of architecture and interior architecture by reference to authentic practice and current procurement processes. You will be expected to critically evaluate and apply this material in supporting the development of your personal and professional knowledge base. Taught content will be supplemented by your own independent research, whereby you will seek to apply this knowledge to your studio design project. You will be expected to develop the relevant professional and academic communications skills to express key points and choices within the module assignment

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures will provide you with a comprehensive introduction and overview of architectural practice. Lecture content, codes, regulations and professional body guidance 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, as well as to apply management and practice principles to your own studio projects. 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?

Knowledge & Understanding:

KU 1. Identify and evaluate Built Environment professional roles and responsibilities throughout design and construction projects

KU 2. Critically consider the management role of the architect and interior designer and analyse the work and influence of a professional designer

KU 3. Apply principles of construction procurement methods and project organisational structures

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

IPSA 1. Identify, evaluate and communicate key management issues in the design and delivery of design and construction

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

PVA 1. Develop and communicate awareness of the wider context and ethical position of the architect/ designer in the process of design and construction.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within seminars where verbal feedback will be provided on student work in progress.

Summative assessment will take the form of a reflective report on principles of management and practice.

1. Reflective Management Report (100%) KU1, KU2, KU3, IPSA1, PVA1

Feedback will provide guidance towards the analysis and application of knowledge and principles provided by the lecture and seminar programme. Written summative feedback will be provided after the submission of the management report.





Module abstract

This taught module aims to develop your understanding of management, principles, practice and communications with relation to the procurement of buildings and projects in the construction industry. You will be expected to demonstrate your engagement with this module through the development of a reflective management report which will evidence your application of this knowledge to your studio design project and to your professional development. You will analyse precedents and evidence self-directed research in order to develop the themes of this report. You will also employ relevant professional communication skills and literacies in order to produce a professional report. Lecture content shall be supported by seminars at which you will be encouraged to apply this knowledge to your individual practice and personal development.

Course info

UCAS Code W251

Credits 10

Level of Study Undergraduate

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

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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