DSGN08041 2013 Professional Studies 1

General Details

Full Title
Professional Studies 1
Transcript Title
Professional Studies 1
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Rowan Watson, Michael Roulston, Emmet O'Doherty, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Bernadette Donohoe
Programme Membership
SG_JINTE_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Architectural Design SG_JINTE_H08 201400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture RIBA 1

This module will develop the students understanding of the architects professional role and responsibilities in the provision of architectural services to contemporary society.

It is taught through lectures, workshops and seminars. The workshops/seminars are intended to provide an interactive environment for students to engage with subject areas covered in the module and to enhance the links with design studio.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Discuss and describe the structure and operation of building industry and allied professions, with particular reference to Ireland and the UK architectural practice


Discuss and apply the principles of business management and how to operate a small interior architectural/architectural practice


Discuss and Explain the architects role and responsibilities in the provision of interior/architectural services to a contemporary society


Manage and appraise their working methodologies independently and in groups, and to engage and participate in critical evaluation and debate

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes group and/or individual work mainly: written exam, case study, essays, projects, presentations, debate.

Seminar/Workshops: Through out the semester students will work in teams and produce 2 No. seminar papers/presentations

Personal Development

Indicative Syllabus

The Construction Industry: - Structure, operation and political economy of the building Industry

The Architect from Inception Stage to Completion of Project

Plan of Work RIBA 2013/ RIAI Stages

Introduction to Irish Legal System: - Courts, General Law, Contract Law, Tort including negligence; design liability

Introduction to Planning, Building Control, Health & Safety and EU Legislation

 General Office(Management Principles, Office Practice, Finance/Accounts, Insurance incl. Professional Indemnity, Architect as an Employee, Attracting Work)

Architectural Practice (Sole Principal, Partnership, Unlimited Liability, Limited Liability, Public Company, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnerships, Co-operative, Group Practice, Developer/Architect/Contractor)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation 1 No. seminar papers/presentations Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,3
2 Presentation 2 No. seminar papers/presentations Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 2,3,4
3 Performance Evaluation Personal Development Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Group seminar and project 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Projects 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Chappell, D., Willis, A. (2010), The Architect in Practice, 10th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell

Sinclair, D. (2013), Guide to Using the RIBA Plan of Work 2013, RIBA Publishing

Hudson, J.,(2012), Architecture: Commission to Construction, Laurence King

Ostime, N. (2013), Architect's Job Book: 9th Edition, RIBA Publishing

Wevill, J. (2013), Law in Practice: The RIBA Legal Handbook, RIBA Publishing

Linehan, M., Greaney, P., Foster, E. (2010), Management in the Built in Environment in Ireland, Gill and Macmillan

Good Practice Guides RIBA

Public Works Contracts

Suite of JCT contracts

The Irish Planning Acts

The UK Planning Acts

Building Regulations

GDLA Contract

Other Resources


Additional Information