KA6015 - Work Based Practice Management and Law

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the procurement and administration of construction projects; contractual, legal and statutory frameworks; the Architect’s professional duties and responsibilities; contractual, managerial and financial aspects of construction project procurement; the wider arena of personnel involved in the construction industry; and the principles of running both professional practices and architectural projects. Learning will be predicated upon your critical consideration of the relevant professional body criteria and graduate attributes, through a reflective mapping of your professional and academic experience to date.

How will I learn on this module?

Learning is delivered through academic tutorials and employer guidance/ mentoring. You will utilise your professional working environment, your experience of building procurement, and your self-directed inquiries as the basis for learning and assessment. This learning will be supported by electronic and library resources provided by the institution. You will agree your proposals for mapping and reflection with the module tutor at the start of the academic year, and you will be supported through tutorials at timely intervals. Summative assessments will demonstrate knowledge acquired in the workplace, combined with self-directed learning, towards the mapping of your learning and experience against the professional body criteria.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Formative feedback will be provided verbally at face to face tutorials, or virtually via e-mail, Skype etc., providing advice for further development and critical appraisal of your work and performance. Project material will be available to you on the eLearning Portal (ELP) so that you can access information when necessary. Negotiated drop-in sessions or communications (telephone, Skype etc.) will be enabled through our ‘open door’ policy, offering support for your learning when necessary. An electronic reading list will be accessible to provide access to key materials at all times. The university library also offers support including study skills development for all students 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. 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 in group seminars and individual tutorials to provide ongoing developmental guidance and reflection. You will be encouraged to take part in critical discussion and debate with your cohort to promote peer learning.

Summative Assessment

You will self-evaluate your professional practice to date through mapping your experience and knowledge acquired in the workplace against the professional body criteria for Practice, Management and Law elements of the Part II syllabus. You will provide a critical reflective commentary on your relevant experiences, identifying gaps in your knowledge and evaluating your practice’s global approach to project procurement.

Critical Mapping Portfolio (100%)





Module abstract

This module will build upon your prior academic learning and your current Professional Practice, towards satisfying the professional body criteria for practice, management and law at Part II. You will draw upon case studies, professional experience, and your employer’s practice to assemble a critically-curated portfolio to evidence compliance with the required criteria and the graduate attributes of architects. Key themes addressed within this module are concepts of professionalism; legislative, statutory and regulatory frameworks; the role of the architect with wider design teams and the construction industry; financial factors and cost control; consents, approvals and standards; the procurement processes of architectural projects, and basic principles of running professional practices and architectural projects. Critical inquiry and self-directed study will be employed towards the evaluative and reflective mapping of your practice to professional body criteria.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 4 years part-time

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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Module Information

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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