AAMPS1-Professional Skills 1

Module Provider: School of Architecture, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: AAMAD1 Architectural Design 1 and AAMRM1 Research Methods 1 and AAMAT Architectural Technologies
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Prof Lorraine Farrelly

Email: l.farrelly@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The Professional Skills 1 module offers an overview of professional  landscapes, examining roles of the architect and built environment professionals as well as the nature of professionalism. The module will enable students to develop a grounded understanding of processes, techniques  and mechanisms of practice organisation and management, including legal frameworks, financial management, construction procurement processes as well as current policies and legislation. The module will also examine the value of research and its impact upon the practice of architecture and the built environment industry.


Aims:

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of legal, professional and statutory responsibilities of the architect and their role in delivery of projects.



In addition, the module aims to develop career awareness and professional skills as well as a



greater awareness of the value of research relevant to architectural practice and built environment industry.



Intended learning outcomes:



At the end of this module, students will have:




  1. The skills necessary to undertake effective communication and presentation, organisation, self-management, reflection and autonomous working; GA2.7.

  2. The necessary skills to demonstrate professionalism and competence. Behaving with integrity, in the ethical and professional manner appropriate to the role of architect;  GA2.6.

  3. A knowledge of Practice management and entrepreneurship to equip them for a career in Architecture.

  4. An understanding of the legal context within which an architect must operate, and the processes undertaken to ensure compliance with legal requirements or standards.

  5. An understanding of project delivery from procurement to completion and handover.


Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of this module, students will:




  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of professionalism and the duties and responsibilities of architects to clients, building users, constructors, co-professionals and the wider society; GC6.1

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the architect within the design team and construction industry, recognising the importance of current methods and trends in the construction of the built environm ent; GC 6.2

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the contributions of architects and co-professionals to the formulation of the brief, and the methods of investigation used in its preparation GC7.3

  4. Demonstrate the skills to critically examine the financial factors implied in varying building types, constructional systems, and specification choices, and the impact of these on architectural design; GC 10.1

  5. Demonstrate the skills to understand the cost con trol mechanisms which operate during the development of a project; GC 10.2

  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental legal, professional and statutory responsibilities of the architect, and the organisations, regulations and procedures involved in the negotiation and approval of architectural designs, including land law, development control, building regulations and health and safety legislation; GC 11.1

  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the professional inter-relationships of individuals and organisations involved in procuring and delivering architectural projects, and how these are defined through contractual and organisational structures; GC 11.2

  8. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic management theories and business principles related to running both an architect’s practice; GC11.3

  9. Understanding of the context of the architect and the construction industry, including the architect’s role in the processes of procurement a nd building production, and under legislation; GA 2.5



 


Additional outcomes:

At the end of this module, students will have:




  1. The necessary skills to undertake effective communication and presentation, organisation, self-management, reflection and autonomous working; GA2.7

  2. The necessary skills to demonstrate professionalism and competence, behaving with integrity, in the ethical and professional manner appropriate to the role of architect;  GA2.6

  3. Knowledge of practice management and entrepreneurship to equip them for a career in Architecture; GC11.3

  4. An understanding of the needs and aspirations of building users; GC 5.1

  5. An understanding of the need to appraise and prepare building briefs of diverse scales and types, to define client and user requirements and their appropriateness to site and context; GC7.2

  6. Problem solving skills, professional judgment, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances; GA 2.6


Outline content:

Students will explore topics such as:




  1. Community & Architect Relations; Law, Planning Policy, Building Regulations.

  2. Client & Architect Relations; Appointments, Brief writing, Programming, Cost.

  3. Design Team & Architect Relations; Procurement, Contracts, Collaboration.

  4. Contractor & Architect Relations; Building Contracts, Contract Administration, Health and Safety.

  5. End User & Architect Relations; Inclusive Design, Learning from design.

  6. Creative Practice - Practice Management, entrepreneurship and Identity.

  7. Value of research in practice and the built environment industry.


Global context:

The skills and knowledge which the student will acquire from this module have universal application, however the legislative and policy based information will be based in the UK. 


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Through a series of lectures and workshops students will work on topics that are essential to the practice of architecture. This module will be  taught by practising architects and industry professionals who have first-hand experience of the issues under discussion. 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 6
Tutorials 1 1
Supervised time in studio/workshop 6 6
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 5 5
    Wider reading (directed) 5 5
    Preparation for seminars 3 3
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 16 16
    Essay preparation 10
    Reflection 3 3
       
Total hours by term 40 45 15
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

N/A 


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Report of approximately 2.500-3.000 words


Formative assessment methods:

This module includes formative assessments from both lecturer(s) and peers participating in seminars, tutorials and group discussions. 


Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A mark of 50 % overall 


Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will be by coursework to be completed August/September 


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 8 October 2020

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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