DA6037 - Professional practice 3

What will I learn on this module?

Building on previous Professional Practice modules, you will learn about the benefits of and process for professional qualification, the most relevant for Construction Quantity Surveyors being the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) or the Quantity Surveying and Construction pathway of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). You will prepare for your end point assessment (EPA) for the Degree Apprenticeship, evidencing the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours that you have been developing throughout your Degree Apprenticeship. This will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration, so this module will also support you in working towards this.

You will build on your understanding and application of the Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards relevant to industry’s recognised professional bodies, and explore additional topics such as:
• Modern slavery and its issues and laws in the context of the construction industry
• Managing client expectations and Quality Management Systems

How will I learn on this module?

Most of your learning on this Degree Apprenticeship module will be in your workplace. You will gain a theoretical understanding of the topics through live (online or face-to-face) university sessions and online resources such as recorded lectures, videocasts, podcasts, electronic books, journal articles and websites. Your involvement in construction quantity surveying tasks will enable you to put the theory into context, thereby cementing your understanding. You will agree with your Workplace Mentor a Module Learning Plan (MLP) designed to achieve the Module Learning Outcomes via a series of directed workplace learning activities, such as shadowing a colleague, visiting a site or producing a poster.

Due to the nature of this module, there is a greater proportion of work-based learning (estimated at 120 hours) and a smaller amount of scheduled activity than for the technical modules. This is estimated at 4 hours of ‘Seminars’ (synchronous delivery, most likely all online via Blackboard Collaborate), 4 hours of ‘Lectures’ (asynchronous online delivery via Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate), and 2 hours ‘Tutorials (1-to-1 support from your Workplace Mentor and Workplace Coach). The remaining hours in the Notional Student Workload for the module are attributed to independent learning, with the estimated ratio of tutor-guided to student independent learning at 1:2, as appropriate for a Level 6 module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your Module Tutor(s) will deliver an online module induction session and lead live sessions that enable you to interact with your tutor and peers. They will provide and direct you to essential and recommended online resources available via the University’s eLearning Portal and University Library. Outside of live sessions, they will provide advice and respond to questions via the eLearning Portal.

Your Workplace Mentor will support you in developing your Module Learning Plan. You will be provided with a guidance document that outlines the principles of workplace learning and provides examples of a large and diverse range of potential workplace learning activities. You may also discuss your Module Learning Plan with your Workplace Coach.

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:
MLO1: Demonstrate awareness of the process for professional qualification

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

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

MLO2: Demonstrate an advanced understanding and application of the Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards relevant to industry’s recognised professional bodies

MLO3: Demonstrate knowledge and ability to manage client expectations and identify improvements

MLO4: Demonstrate professional behaviours in all contexts, as required by the Degree Apprenticeship Standards, including team working, communication, ethics, commitment to Codes of Conduct and Continuing Professional Development.

How will I be assessed?

You will be formatively assessed by the completion of the workplace learning activities identified in your Module Learning Plan. You will receive informal, often verbal, formative feedback from your Workplace Mentor, and sometimes from other colleagues and your Workplace Coach. You will also have the opportunity for formative feedback from your module tutor(s), particularly during the assessment guidance sessions.

Your summative assessment will be a written portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your progress towards meeting the knowledge, skills and behaviour requirements in the Degree Apprenticeship Standard.

The portfolio provides you with the opportunity to translate your workplace learning into a coherent output that demonstrates that you have achieved the module learning outcomes and is ideal preparation for the Professional Discussion element of your End Point Assessment.





Module abstract

This module is an integral part of your Degree Apprenticeship programme, designed in collaboration with employers to meet the requirements of the Construction Quantity Surveyor Apprenticeship Standard and provide a solid skills base for career progression and professional qualification in the construction industry.

Building on previous Professional Practice modules, you will learn about the benefits of and process for professional qualification, and prepare for the End Point Assessment (EPA) of your Degree Apprenticeship. You will build on your understanding of the Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards and explore topics such as modern slavery, client expectations and quality management systems.

You will gain theoretical understanding through university sessions and online resources but as a Degree Apprentice, you will do most of your learning in the context of your role in the construction industry via a series of workplace learning activities agreed with your Workplace Mentor.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years Part Time

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location Various Locations

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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