AAMPS2-Professional Skills 2

Module Provider: School of Architecture, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: AAMPS1 Professional Skills 1 and AAMRM1 Research Methods 1
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Micro placement
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Ms Sarah Ernst

Email: s.e.s.ernst@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Drawing upon all other modules in the programme,  this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore diverse modes of architectural research in a practical application. Alongside developing professional skills, students will understand professional practice in relation to their chosen specialism/research topic. Engaging in a range of forms of architectural practice, including academic research and teaching, will allow students to develop a broader understanding of the context of the architect and the construction industry as well as workplace requirements. 


Aims:

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to apply and further develop integrated design and professional skills gained during the first year of the postgraduate course with a particular focus on applied research. 




  1. To equip students with the skills necessary to undertake effective communication and presentation, organisation, self-management, reflection and autonomous working.  

  2. To equip students with the necessary skills to demonstrate professionalism and competence. Behaving with integrity, in the ethical and professional manner appropriate to the role of architect.   

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

  4. To provide students with 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. To provide students with 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. Have problem solving skills, professional judgment, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances; GA2.6

  3. Have ability to identi fy individual learning GA2.7


Additional outcomes:


  1. To equip students with the skills necessary to undertake effective communication and presentation, organisation, self-management, reflection and autonomous working; GA2.7

  2. To equip students with 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. To broaden students knowledge of practice management and entrepreneurship to equip them for a career in Architecture; GC11.3


Outline content:

This module includes a three-month period of practical training integrating research, design methods and professional skills in the work place. Students will demonstrate personal responsibility in the application of subject knowledge to live projects or problems. Students will record their experience and progress in a diary/Logbook similar to the RIBA's Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR). 


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:

This is a worked-based learning module which develops and tests practically, skills and knowledge acquired in the first year of the Masters course. Contact with the University will be maintained throughout the placement to assess progress. 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 6
Work-based learning 90
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Preparation for presentations 5
    Preparation for seminars 5
    Preparation of practical report 24
    Carry-out research project 50
       
Total hours by term 0 0
       
Total hours for module 200

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

N/A 


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Upon return to the university, students will submit a reflective critical analysis of their time in practice, supported by a Professional diary/ Logbook  as well as a presentation showcasing their experience.  


Formative assessment methods:

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: 17 August 2020

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

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