ARC7070 : Professional Development and Reflection

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
Semester 3 Credit Value: 40
ECTS Credits: 30.0


•To develop an understanding of the role of architects and their obligation to society
•To develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required for the practice of architecture with respect to the delivery of services to clients and other stakeholders, the management of an architectural practice and the procurement of buildings within the legal framework, and processes that underpin such activities.
•To develop students ability to demonstrate authorship, knowledge, effective communication skills, and reasoning and understanding in relation to the professional practice criteria to qualify as architects in the UK
•To allow students to reflect on, and articulate how their practical experience has contributed to the development of the knowledge, professional skills and competencies necessary to undertake the duties and obligations of an architect.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module covers all aspects of the RIBA/ARB professional practice criteria, which are:
Professionalism (PC1)
Clients, users and delivery of services (PC2)
Legal framework and processes (PC3)
Practice and management (PC4)
Building procurement (PC5)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning1280:00280:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1190:00190:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching23:006:00Half day seminars/workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00Tutorial supprt for revwing practl experience and drfts of submitted work.6hrs/student x 50 students
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion110:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students undertaking this module are based in practice and attend the university on certain days; the majority of their learning will therefore come from their practical experience. The mix of teaching methods is designed to support and enhance this process. The lectures will be used to introduce core concepts and also help with guidance on study and writing skills. Small group teaching (via seminars) will allow students to exchange experiences and learn from each other. By engaging with expert speakers and exchanging experiences in practice, students are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of specific areas of architectural practice. Dissertation/project related supervision is in the form of tutorial support to review students’ practical experience (submitted quarterly) and drafts of summative assessments (i.e. the personal appraisal and case study – see below). The guided independent study activities will ensure that students continue to frame their employer-based learning (away from the University) against the learning outcomes of the module.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination603A25To test students' overall competence with respect to their submitted work
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log3A252000-word Personal Appraisal which is assessed with reference to the submitted portfolio of practical experience
Case study3A506000-word Case Study on a project that the student has had direct first-hand experience of
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
PortfolioARecord of relevant practical experience (min of 24 months) in an acceptable format e.g. PEDR sheets
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment instruments for this module are designed to comply with the requirements of the RIBA/ARB, with each allowing the assessment of different aspects of a student’s learning, as below:
-The portfolio of relevant practical experience, which should be presented in an acceptable format (e.g. Professional Experience and Development Record – PEDR sheets), is not assessed, but candidates must have a minimum of 24months relevant practical experience (in accordance with RIBA/ARB requirements and guidelines) to complete the course. The record of students’ practical experience is monitored throughout the year through their submission of quarterly PEDR sheets which are reviewed by the School’s designated Professional Studies Advisor (PSA). This assessment largely addresses a quantity issue (i.e. required minimum experience) but also allows for the assessment of how students have dealt with quality issues in their experience (e.g. how they have supplemented first-hand experience with other ways of developing professional competence).
-The Reflective Log (Personal Appraisal) is a critical reflection of the students’ practical experience and career journey, which is mainly informed by their portfolio of practical experience. Through this appraisal, students provide an overview of their careers, and critically reflect on how their practical experience has contributed to the development of the knowledge, skills and competencies embodied in the learning outcomes for this module.
-The written case study is normally based on a detailed study of a project (or related projects) that the student has had direct first-hand experience of. Through the description and critical reflection on the events on this project (or projects) students should demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of all aspects of professional practice (as reflected in the ARB/RIBA criteria). The case study will also allow the assessment of student's ability to exercise professional judgement in the application of theoretical concepts to various issues relating to architectural practice.
-The Oral Examination (professional interview) is a key requirement for the professional practice (Part 3) examination. It is the final element in this process where candidates have the opportunity to develop and comment upon their documentary submissions and other aspects of the professional practice criteria. It serves as a comprehensive exam where students are provided the opportunity to demonstrate, through a structured conversation with two Professional Examiners (architects working in practice), their competence is all aspects of the professional practice criteria (e.g. knowledge, judgement, attitude), and readiness to practice as Architects in the UK. The oral examination draws primarily from students’ submitted Personal Appraisals and Case Studies (i.e. exploring issues and questions arising from them). It can also draw from work submitted for other modules and any topic within the syllabus for the module.
-The Personal Appraisal and Case Study will be submitted and marked before the Oral Exam, but the marks for these (and the whole module) will only be confirmed after the Oral Exam, which is also separately marked. The outcome of the oral exam will not affect the marks on other modules (i.e. ARC7068 and ARC7069).
-All three pieces of assessment for this module are externally assessed by Professional Examiners approved by the RIBA.
- All assessed components of this module have to be passed to pass the module overall.
- Failure of the pass/fail component (i.e. portfolio of experience) will not lead to a failure of the module, but to a deferral in the award of the Diploma in Architectural Practice and Management, until it is passed. The deadline for when this component has to be passed will be determined by the Board of Examiners.

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