KA4029 - Professional Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to facilitate the assessment of work based learning as part of your initial first year on the programme in order to promote good professional and personal development. This will take the form of an introduction to academic, study and professional skills and will draw on your first year studies into an ongoing portfolio of work related knowledge and experience. It aims to reflect the interdependence of the different topic areas you will study at Level 4, in the context of the surveying profession. Within this module you will learn the relevance of key surveying skills such as measurement and inspection of property, together with what is expected of you in the role of the surveyor in the workplace in terms of professional ethics and work standards. The academic content and skills set acquired within the module will assist in personal development in terms of your current and future career aspirations. In this respect, the programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and will give you the opportunity to apply core knowledge of the RICS Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship in preparation for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) should you wish to do so.

How will I learn on this module?

The focus of the module is the application and synthesis of work based learning experiences. The module will be introduced by a workshop session to discuss the module syllabus, the role of the work based portfolio and assessment requirements. Following discussion with your module tutor and your workplace supervisor you will be required to produce an action plan identifying how you intend to achieve the competency requirements of the RICS Degree Apprenticeship.

At the start of semester 2 you will, together with your employer and tutor, agree a learning strategy and more specifically, pre-planned practical surveying tasks suitable to your role and position in the workplace. The choice of task e.g. survey and measurement is important and should be typical of the type of work with which you regularly engage in, albeit as a surveying assistant or part of a team. In this respect, your workplace will be the main learning environment, in effect acting as a framework for professional surveying practice. However, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period.

The eLP, telephone and email will be used as a means of communication once the initial briefings have taken place and work-based visits will be made by tutors if appropriate.

If you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, in effect acting as a framework for property practice. However, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period. If you are in employment it is recognised that there is the need for modes of blended learning delivery, experiential assessment, and opportunities to combine work and study through independent study, embedded learning opportunities, and relevant communications technologies. Lecture capture will be used to elaborate on the content contained in any teaching material along with audio recording and notes to support presentations on key topics.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

a. Summative assessment and rationale for tasks

You will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how each of the competencies has been achieved. For each competency a reflective commentary will be required synthesising work based learning experiences and where appropriate academic study. A diary of experience will supplement the portfolio. The rationale for this is to help assess your initial progress at work and prepare you for the demands of professional training with regards to the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). One portfolio submission for assessment will be in Semester 1, the other submission date will be in Semester 2.

b. . Additional formative assessment – detail of process and rationale

You will be required to submit evidence of work based skills and learning prior to the drop-in tutorials at university in which formative assessment and further guidance will be provided to you by your tutor.

In Semester 2 you will submit a Record of Progress on your learning together with evidence of your achievements in practical surveying skills and or IT skills as a formative assessment for both your tutor and employer. It is envisaged there will be a regular dialogue between yourself and your supervisor throughout the module allowing you the opportunity to gain feedback on your progress.

c. Indication of how students will get feedback and how this will support their learning

Written feedback will be provided to you on the portfolio parts submitted in Semester 1 and Semester 2 and issued via the eLearningPortal.


You will be assigned a Module Tutor whom you will be encouraged to make contact with for support throughout your first year of studies and especially ahead of the 2 submission points as part of the module assessments. In addition tutors will provide academic guidance and feedback on student performance following visits to their workplace. Finally, tutors will respond to any generic questions posed via the module’s eLearning Portal so that the whole student cohort can benefit.

If you are in employment your workplace will be the main learning environment, however, tutor support will be available via drop-in sessions throughout the module study period. The eLP, telephone and email will be used as a means of communication once the initial briefings have taken place and work-based visits will be made by tutors if appropriate.

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)

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors publications and Guidance Documents:

RICS Assessment of Professional Competence
http://www.rics.org/uk/apc/

RICS APC Pathway Guides
http://www.rics.org/uk/apc/apc-pathway-guides/

Isurv Assessment of Professional Competence
http://www.isurv.com/APC

RICS Rules of Conduct
http://www.rics.org/AboutRICS/RICSProfessionalRegulationandConsumerProtection/RICSRulesofConduct/

RICS Professional and Ethical Standards
http://www.rics.org/ethics

RICS Professional and Ethical Standards Decision Tree
http://www.rics.org/Global/Professional_and_Ethical_Standards_Decision_Tree.jpg

Isurv Professional Conduct
http://www.isurv.com/site/scripts/documents.aspx?categoryID=1235

Key skills online
http://northumbria.ac.uk/legacy_links/keyskills

Personal and organisational development
http://www.businessballs.com/

All reading lists from the other modules are relevant to this module. You will be expected to draw on your knowledge from other modules studied.

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of study skills including collecting and using appropriate information, referencing academic work and work planning.
• MLO2: Demonstrate an ability to personally reflect and measure how your academic study has assisted your role in a professional working environment
• MLO3: Produce a response to a brief that requires application and integration of knowledge and skills gained from specific practical surveying tasks carried out in the workplace.

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
Via an on-line portfolio (50% weighting) submitted electronically to your tutor containing a reflective summary of skills and knowledge you have acquired on work based tasks over the first eight weeks of your studies.

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

Semester 2
Via an on-line portfolio (50% weighting) demonstrating work based practical surveying skills. Prior to this portfolio submission you will receive support sessions, focusing on a particular professional surveying skill set.

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

The second project will assess MLOs 1-5.

Pre-requisite(s)

NA

Co-requisite(s)

NA

Module abstract

This module aims to introduce you to your chosen professional subject area; prepare you for other modules to be studied across level 4 of the programme; introduce you to a range of professional, academic and study skills essential to your success at university and beyond. Assessment is through two pieces of coursework that are supported by a module specific approach to research rich learning. The knowledge and skills developed will improve your technical surveying attributes alongside your inter-personal soft skills, significantly enhancing your future employability.

If you are in employment your workplace will act as a framework for professional practice to develop your skills and knowledge.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 5 years part-time

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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