Employability - ARCH5400

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Peter Wislocki checkmark-circle


.This module will have a taught lecture, seminar and tutorial format. Students use their parallel design module (or exceptionally a design project already completed in a previous MArch design module) as vehicle for a production of a detailed report in which they assess their design of a building as though it were a live project, in terms of appointment, procurement, planning permission, statutory permissions, fee biding, information scheduling, resourcing and cost etc.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20 hours
Private study hours: 130 hours
Total study hours: 150 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Professional Practice Report (100%)

Reassessment methods

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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Chappell, D & A Willis. (2010). The Architect in Practice. Wiley
Chappell D. (2008). Standard Letters in Architectural Practice. Wiley.
Clamp, H. (2012). Which Contract? Choosing The Appropriate Building Contract. RIBA.
Dalziel B. & N Ostime (2008). Architect's Job Book. RIBA.
Royal Institute of British Architects. (2008). The Plan of Work (Outline). RIBA.
Speaight A. (Ed). (2010). Architect's Legal Handbook: The Law for Architects. Architectural Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 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
2 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
3 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.
4 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.
5 Skills to understand the cost control mechanisms which operate during the development of a project.
6 An understanding 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
7 An understanding 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
8 An understanding of the basic management theories and business principles related to running both an architect's practice and architectural projects, recognising
current and emerging trends in the construction industry
9 Understanding of the context of the architect and the construction industry, including the architect's role in the processes of procurement and building production and
under legislation.
10 An ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required to prepare for qualification as an architect.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

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


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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