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: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: AA3IPA Industry and Practice – the Business and Practice of Architecture
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Mrs Louise Humphreys

Email: louise.humphreys@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module compliments notions of practice in schools of architecture gained from core first and second year modules, augmenting notions of practice, alternative practice and of potential future directions in practice.


The module aims to explore the territory between academic study and the world of work, testing the definition of design work within a school of architecture. It will also consider the qualities of reflective practice and ways that this can develop research expertise and definition within practice.  More clearly defining understanding of the positive complimentary qualities of the two environments will enhance student understanding of the role of their work and the transferability of research questions between practice and school, school and practice.

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 understanding of the nature of expertise.

  2. A clearer sense of where their interests might best be realised.

Outline content:

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

  1. Design Skills in the Professional Context

  2. Understanding Opportunities in relation to Different Strengths

  3. Emerging Skills, the role of Experience

  4. Motivating Forces in the Studio (School) and Studio (Workplace)

  5. Reflective Writing: Defining Personal Aspirations in these Contexts

  6. Describing Aspirati ons: Interview Techniques

The module is structured to support students to develop their awareness of differing routes into the Architectural profession and be encouraged to think critically and reflectively about the experience they have gained.

Students will develop an awareness of their own skills and strengths and how their aspirations, prioritisations and presentation of these could relate to their future identities in the workplace.& nbsp;

Global context:

While the module is focused on UK practice, the themes around employability and career development have wider relevance and applicability to most countries where architecture is an established profession/discipline.

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 7.5
Tutorials 10
Practicals classes and workshops 3.5
Work-based learning 14
Guided independent study: 65
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 80
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Students will prepare  a draft portfolio, and will practice interview techniques: feedback will be provided in relation to these activities. 

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres 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 (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: 11 January 2021


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