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AR50327: Professional practice

[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: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
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: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Professional CV (CW 5%)
  • Career Appraisal (CW 10%)
  • PEDR (CW 40%)
  • Case Study (CW 45%)
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 successfully completed AR50326 (Practice and project management).
  • 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 a completed and endorsed Professional Experience and Development Record or Certificate of Professional Experience.
Description: Aims:
To provide, through evaluation, appraisal and research, a Documentary Submission comprising a professional curriculum vitae, a professional experience evaluation and a Case Study, appropriate evidence of professional judgement, conduct and ethics in the context of an on-going evaluation of the candidate's professional experience. To further provide through the completion and submission of the Professional Experience and Development Record, evidence to demonstrate that the candidate has achieved the appropriate breadth and level of practical experience that confirms their competence for the practise of architecture.

Learning Outcomes:
Candidates who have completed this unit will be able to demonstrate appropriate professional, analytical and communication skills, knowledge of the administration and management of professional practice, the appropriateness of their professional experience in the work place, the application of theoretical knowledge, professional judgement and ethics, and the demonstration of the capability to practice architecture.

Independent research, analysis and assessment of the practical issues involved in the structure and management of architecture, the management of construction and the procurement of building projects.

The content of the Unit is composed of four key elements:
1. The professional curriculum vitae: A formal record of the candidate's educational and professional career, including non-architectural work, summarising the candidate's experience in architectural practice.
2. The professional experience evaluation: An analytical and reflective appraisal setting out the candidate's experience in architectural practice, with particular reference to projects upon which the candidate has been engaged, supplemented with drawings, site photographs, relevant project correspondence and testimonials.
3. The Case Study: An analytical and critical evaluation of at least one construction project undertaken by the candidate during their recorded professional experience, with which the candidate has had direct experience in a design and administrative capacity, to supplement the Professional Experience and Development Record and professional experience evaluation.
4. The Professional Experience and Development Record: A record of the candidate's professional experience, development and competency in the practice of architecture that demonstrates that the candidate has achieved the required minimum duration of professional experience in appropriate locations and of sufficient complexity and standard in compliance with the professional experience regulations.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR50327 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering