KA5040 - Business and Professional Development

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will teach you about the surveying profession, the governing bodies and give you an understanding of the skill set required to succeed within the profession to allow you to consider the direction of your future career. You will learn how to develop your professional CV and how to conduct yourself within an employment interview through a mock interview.. Within semester 2 you will worth within an interdisciplinary team for the week long interdisciplinary project. Within this you will learn some of the skills required of a building surveyor, quantity surveyor and real estate surveyor within this environment, you will draw upon the skills and knowledge gained from the modules taught within your second year to develop a client brief into a feasibility design which you will present with your group to a panel of industry experts.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, practical workshops, practical surveys, individual interview and a group presentation.
Lectures will be used to reinforce and focus key issues, concepts, techniques, tools and topics. You will learn how to work both individually and as part of a team.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your main support is via formative feedback from coursework submission, interview and group presentation. There will be an opportunity for you to provide reflective feedback on the group work. Support will also include formative feedback from tutors during informal group meetings held within the project week. Finally, tutors will respond to any questions posed via the module’s discussion board at the University’s eLearning Portal so that the whole group 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

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: You will undertake survey, appraisal and feasibility studies in a justifiable and professional manner.
• MLO2: You will critically assess the differing needs of clients and other stakeholders.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO3: You will research and evaluate data and communicate results to a range of stakeholders.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO4: You will develop an understanding of global professional ethics and the rules of conduct for building surveying.
• MLO5: You will develop and apply a reflective approach to learning and personal development.

How will I be assessed?

You will be required complete three components within this module assessed both formatively and summative. The first assessment is the completion of a CV and covering letter to support your job application for a hypothetical placement position, this will be followed by a mock interview. This will assess MLO3 and 5.

The final assessment is an interdisciplinary
project, whereby you will work within a team on a client brief based and complete a technical feasibility design over a 5 day period at the end of which will you will present with your team to a panel of experts.

This will assess MLO1,2 and 4.





Module abstract

This module is designed to allow students to develop business awareness and opportunities for building surveyors, quantity surveyors and real estate surveyors to reflect on their career aspirations and current skills level. It aids the identification and development of the key skills required by employers and seeks to develop these transferable business skills. Consideration is given to potential areas and sectors of employment and it provides students with the skills to apply for professional employment, undertake selection processes, and to meet workplace and professional requirements. Seminars will be interactive encouraging students to demonstrate their communication, negotiation and interview skills. The knowledge and skills developed will improve your surveying attributes alongside the inter-personal soft skills, significantly enhancing employability.

Course info

UCAS Code K440

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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