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AR50326: Practice and project management

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Paper 1 (EX 50% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Paper 2 (EX 50% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: To take this unit students must:
  • possess a recognised qualification at Part 1 and Part 2 in a school of architecture in the UK, have passed an assessment by the RIBA ARB Assessment Panel at Part 1 and Part 2 or have a qualification recognised under the EU Architects Directive. In the case of overseas candidates who hold unrecognised qualifications, evidence of a separate process of assessment and approval by the Architects Registration Board and the RIBA for equivalence of competence to those holding prescribed qualifications.
  • have completed a total of 24 months practical experience within an architectural practice.
  • have completed a minimum of 12 months practical experience within a UK practice registered with the Architect's Registration Board following achievement of qualifications giving exemption from the RIBA Part II examinations.
  • have attended the taught course of lectures offered in the March of the examination year.
Description: Aims:
To confirm the candidates' competence for the practice of architecture and through the demonstration of professional awareness, knowledge, understanding of the context for practice, and their ability in the management of architecture and the management of construction.

Learning Outcomes:
Candidates who have completed this unit should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as professionals to clients, employers, to the profession, to other members of the building team and to society, and to demonstrate competence and capability to practice within the profession.

Candidates are required to demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of professional practice and project administration, and to convey a clear ability to apply this knowledge in practice in a co-ordinated, accurate and relevant manner, and to demonstrate sound professional judgement in decision-making.

The unit will develop the candidates' knowledge and understanding of the overall structure and management of professional practice and the legal and legislative matters that impact upon the practice of architecture through the appreciation of the ethical, legal, legislative and practical attributes required for the practice of architecture and the administration of construction projects. The programme will deliver the following subjects to on which the candidates will be examined in two closed papers:
* The context for Practice: The Construction industry and the architect in practice; Health and Safety and the process of design and construction; the social and economic context for investment in the built environment; advisory and government agencies, quality and technical standards and the control of construction industry practices; Professional Practice and the Codes of Conduct; The architect and the Employer; design team structure and organisation.
* Contract form and application: Types of contract, Procurement, Warranties and Rights; Project Management, quality and cost control. Information flow, programme monitoring and management; post completion assessment and maintenance manuals.
* Constraints and Law: Legislation, Regulations and Dispute resolution; Risk management, control and the duty of care; Intellectual property and copyright.
* Professional Practice: Forms of Practice, funding and financial management. Practice administration, staffing and organisation; Project organisation, assessment, feedback and team structures; Insurances and Marketing; Appointments and fees; Insurances, payment and financial control.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50326 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering