DA6041 - Professional Practice 3

What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work-based learning as part of your academic programme in order to promote professional and personal development enhance interpersonal skills and reinforce Fundamental British Values.

It will help to prepare you for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). You will look at the RICS Mandatory Competencies, select the RICS Core Competencies applicable to the RICS APC Pathway that you have chosen, and reflect on the experience you have.

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 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.

Opportunities will also be provided for you to develop your understanding through peer and tutor interaction in discussion groups and research rich debates during live classroom or synchronous online seminars and workshops. You will be encouraged to draw on your own professional experiences to share best practice and contribute to debates.

Due to the nature of the Professional Practice modules, there is typically 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 live ‘Seminars’ (synchronous delivery, most likely all online via Blackboard Collaborate), 4 hours of recorded ‘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 for a Level 6 module. This is indicative and will vary between the Professional Practice modules.

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:
ML01: Demonstrate the ability to achieve a range of competencies specified in the RICS APC requirements.
ML02: Demonstrate the ability to select, develop and apply in a practical situation specialised technical knowledge in the chosen area of study, using prior and new discipline specific learning.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
ML03: Demonstrate competence in planning and implementing a learning strategy.
ML04: Demonstrate the ability to report on and evaluate a project, critically analyse and reflect on their own capability and effectiveness in the workplace.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
ML05: Demonstrate the capacity for independent, evidence-based thinking and decision making.

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 Assessment Guidance sessions.

Your summative assessment will provide you with the opportunity to translate your workplace learning into a coherent output that demonstrates that you have achieved the module learning outcomes.

This will be in the form of a written report (4000 words) which comprises reflective commentaries on how you have achieved each of the competencies through work-based learning experiences and where appropriate academic study.





Module abstract

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

The module facilitates the assessment of work-based learning in order to promote professional and personal development and enhance interpersonal skills. It will help to prepare you for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). You will look at the Mandatory Competencies, select the Core Competencies applicable to the RICS APC Pathway that you have chosen, and reflect on the experience you have.

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 quantity surveying role 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 City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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