ARCT40130 Architectural Practice

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is a broad introduction to architectural professional practice at post-graduate level, and includes the subjects of: the architectural profession & professionalism; ethics and codes of conduct; registration & regulation of architects; forms of practice, entrepreneurship and professional relationships; the context of the construction industry in Ireland; current and future issues for the architectural profession; dealing with clients, appointments and architectural services; professional responsibility and liability; communication, documentation and dispute resolution; management and financial management.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this Module the student should be able to
-Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, social, environmental, legislative and economic context in which the built environment is procured.
-Demonstrate an understanding of broader issues of climate change, social and ethical challenges, technological innovation and sustainable development, as they relate to the future directions of architectural practice.
-Demonstrate an understanding of the role and responsibilities of a professional architect within these contexts.
-Demonstrate an ability to identify the architect's role, responsibilities and potential liabilities in the context of providing a professional service and operating a business.
-Demonstrate an ability to advise and represent a client, to clearly identify the service to be provided and to formalise the appointment.
-Demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of the effective operation and management of an architectural practice.
-Demonstrate an ability to research a selected subject and to produce a professional written document.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be delivered on campus or online/blended in the Spring Trimester. Lecture recordings, learning material and readings will be available to students for flexible learning, supported by live lectures over four days of the trimester. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Architectural Practice (O/L) (ARCT40800)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Assignment (3,000 words or equivalent alternative, subject to approval ) Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Multiple choice examination 1 hour End of Trimester Exam n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students can request written feedback and breakdown on their assessment results.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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