KA4027 - Professional Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn how to develop a client brief on a real project and then progress a professional surveying assignment through to the production of a concluding report. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw students’ first year studies into a holistic project experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas studied at Level 4, in the context of the surveying profession. You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team and be able to assess your own and others role, responsibilities and contribution via reflective practice.

You will study a range of topics to support the above including:

Semester 1
The roles of different Built Environment professionals, including introductory presentations from different professionals and practitioners.
An introduction to academic, study and professional skills
Walking tours to identify key buildings and aspects of the sites to be examined within the assessment.
Semester 2
Teamwork to produce solutions to a project related problem/ scenario and working to tight deadlines.
Presentation skills for surveyors.

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your discipline specific programme. The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The academic content and skills development within the module is aimed at developing you both in terms of your current and future career aspirations.

How will I learn on this module?

Semester 1
You will learn through a combination of lectures, practical and I.T. based workshops, site visits and presentations.
Lectures will be used to reinforce and focus key issues, concepts, techniques, tools and topics, in effect acting as a framework for professional surveying practice.
Semester 2
Part of your learning is by participating in in-class presentations made by all of the various groups within your cohort. This group learning ensures an exposure to the communication skills required by modern day surveying graduates in the workplace.
The module will provide students with an early opportunity to engage in some individual assessed activity, thus allowing them to get early feedback and support on the types and levels of assessment expected at Level 4 on a degree programme.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your main support is via formative feedback to the groups presenting on their projects during the timetabled classes. Support will also include formative feedback from tutors during seminars and smaller tutorial meetings held within the core teaching times. During the first 2 weeks of study, students will be assigned a Guidance Tutor who they will be encouraged to make contact with for support on the project report assignment. In addition tutors will provide detailed feedback on the project report and group presentations. Finally, tutors will respond to any generic questions posed via the module’s eLearning Portal so that the whole student cohort can benefit.

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 study skills including collecting and using appropriate information, referencing academic work and work planning.
• MLO2: Demonstrate an ability to reflect upon your own skills.
• MLO3: Produce a response to a brief that requires application and integration of knowledge gained from modules studied during the year.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO4: You will research and evaluate data, identify solutions, demonstrate judgement and communicate findings.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO5: You will develop and apply a reflective approach to learning and personal development.

How will I be assessed?

Semester 1
The first project requires you to compile a report on a property within Newcastle upon Tyne and to identify other key properties in the vicinity and discuss these in relation to the site. You will also submit a reflective summary of skills and knowledge acquired on the task over the first two weeks of your studies.

The first coursework will assess MLO1, MLO2, MLO4 and MLO5.

Semester 2
Students will work in small groups of 3 or 4 on an interdisciplinary project. Prior to the project students will receive lecture sessions and workshops, as well as seminar support sessions, focused on a particular professional surveying skill set. There will be additional lectures and a site visit in preparation for the assessment, which will comprise a presentation to a panel of staff.

The two tasks will contribute equally to 100% of the overall module assessment.

The second project will assess MLOs 1-5.





Module abstract

This module aims to introduce students to their professional subject area; prepare them for other modules to be studied across level 4 of the programme; introduce them to a range of professional, academic and study skills essential to their success at university. The module allows students walking tours of the city centre to identify key buildings and aspects of Newcastle as a regional capital. Students will start to mix and work together as a team in preparation for their final presentation delivery which whilst daunting to many students, always produces rewarding results in terms of students confidence in this key communication skill. Assessment is through two pieces of coursework that are supported by a module specific approach to research rich learning. The first is via a formal report requiring a prescribed business format whilst the second assessment allows the student a degree of creativity to express their ideas. The knowledge and skills developed will improve your technical surveying attributes alongside the inter-personal soft skills, significantly enhancing future employability.

Course info

UCAS Code K240

Credits 20

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 2020

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