AA3IPP-Industry and Practice – Career Development

Module Provider: School of Architecture, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: AA31PA Industry and Practice – the Business and Practice of Architecture
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mrs Louise Humphreys

Email: louise.humphreys@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module builds on the full range of other modules taught over the three years of the undergraduate architecture course at Reading, notably the compulsory Industry, Policy and Practice modules within the programme. It includes a summer placement, which will normally be within an architectural practice, or within another type of organisation offering experience related to construction and the build environment and/or to design activites.

This module aims to provide students with hands-on experience within an architectural practice or another relevant workplace.

It also aims to enhance student employability and career development by developing transferable skills and encouraging personal reflection.

It also aims to enhance students’ learning in third year of the programme by bridging the gap between academic study and the world of work.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of this module, students will be able to demonstrate in their assignment that they have developed:

1. Their understanding of a work environment relevant to the discipline of architecture; GC 6.1; GC 6.2; GC 6.3; GC 7.3
2. An ability to evaluate work placement roles;
3. An understanding of relationships between graduates and employing organisations;
4. Self-confidence and inter-personal skills;
5. An awareness of the relationship between academic study and practice;
6. Their ability to prepare a structured portfolio submission.

Additional outcomes:
Students will also be expected to have developed:
1. Enhanced employability prospects on graduation;
2. A clearer perspective on graduate opportunities and on a management of their personal career development.

Outline content:
The taught component of this module is structured into several topic areas, as follows;

1. Personal development;
2. Preparation of CVs and job/placement applications;
3. Interview techniques;
4. Reporting skills.

Tutors support students through the process of securing placements, and normally visit them during the placement. Students will prepare a structured portfolio including an element of personal reflection during the placement, for submission early in the Autumn term of the start of their third year.

Global context:
The placement may be anywhere in the world: learning outcomes have universal application.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be delivered via lectures and seminars/tutorials. Students will be supported by a visit during the placement.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5 5
Practicals classes and workshops 5
External visits 85
Total hours by term 10.00 90.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:
Students will prepare draft CVs and applications, and will practice interview techniques: feedback will be provided in relation to these activities. The draft portfolio will be reviewed informally at the tutor visit.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment will be by coursework to be completed by August/September of the year following.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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