DSGN09009 2013 Professional Practice

General Details

Full Title
Professional Practice
Transcript Title
Professional Studies Masters
N/A %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Emmet O'Doherty, Cliona Brady, Bernadette Donohoe
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_M09 201100 Master of Arts in Interior Architecture SG_DINTE_M09 201300 Master of Arts in Interior Architecture

The Professional Studies module prepares students for employment in the industry and enables them to expand their potential to function and to practice as a professional Interior Architect. Through collaboration and engagement with regional and international based practitioners students define their professional goals. The programme emphasises course-work, workshop sessions and group working with particular focus on the individual’s professional development.

Learning Outcomes

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


Systematic knowledge of the structures and resources required for effective architectural practice


Understanding of the legal, professional and statutory responsibilities of the architect, relevant laws and legal principles , industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in translating and integrating design concepts into planned built environments


Systematic and critical understanding of local, regional, national and international planning and development contexts


Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the planning and heritage legislation that effects the alteration of buildings and cities.


Demonstrate a complete understanding of the Level 9 standard for Interior Architecture and recognition of the limitations of one’s learning


Scrutinise and reflect on the accepted responsibilities of architects to clients, to building users and to all involved in the design and construction process and act to change these where appropriate

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative assessment modes using a range of techniques which includes individual work, mainly essays, projects, tests presentations, seminars and debate

The module requires a large proportion of self-directed study.A systematic understanding and critical awareness of Interior Architectural practice underlies this module.In this regard the preparation, dissemination and reflection of seminar papers and essay are designed to help develop a range of professional and interpersonal skills.

Task 1 -Students must prepare a series of joint seminar papers accompanied by written outline synopsis based on topics discussed in the course of the module.Prepare case-study for presentation in class

Task 2 –Students must prepare an essay to critically analyse either a topic from seminar papers or a research topic  from elsewhere in syllabus


Indicative Syllabus

The following headings indicate the broad thematic areas to be addressed in the module.

The Construction Industry in Ireland and UK:Enables the student to develop a critical understanding of factors which control the structure and operation of the construction industry and the procurement and management of construction projects. Students examine and discuss possibities for future methods of practice.

Construction Contract Law: introduces the students to concepts of construction law and dispute resolution, standard and non standard forms of contract, appropriate methods for their administration and the managing of related risks in particular those related to alterations and additions to existing buildings.

Project Management: examines methods of project planning, project management and quality control of small to medium scale construction projects from inception through to occupation: specifications, contract documents, tender procedures, permits, project management, delivery and completion, pricing strategies, resource selection and green issues in the design and building process 


Professional Services: Examines the role and status of the interior architect professional : professional liability and professional indemnity insurance.

 Practice Management: Explores methods of management of architectural practices of various sizes and forms, including the management of its financial and human resources, and the legislation related to these, to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to manage a practice, and contribute to the management of a larger practice.

 Business Processes: Explores marketing, strategic planning, and accounting procedures, certification, licensing and registration requirements. Examines Ethical Business practice. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Seminars/Essay Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Design Studio Professional Studies 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Projects 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Chappell, D., (2008), Standard Letters in Architectural Practice, 4th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell

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

Hyde, R., (2012) Conversations from the Edge of Architecture, Routledge

 Brookhouse, S., (2013) Professional Studies in Architecture: A Primer, RIBA


 Emmitt, S., (2007), Design Management for Architects, Wiley-Blackwell

 Franck, K.,A., Von Sommaruga Howard, T.,( 2009), Design through Dialogue: A Guide for Architects and Clients, Wiley.

 Littlefield, D.,(2009)  The Architect's Guide to Running a Practice , Architectural Press

 Mann, T., ( )Time Management for Architects and Designers, W. W. Norton & Company

 Ostime, N., Stanford, D.,  (2010), Architects Handbook of Practice Management: 8th Edition, RIBA Press    

 Piotrowski, C., M.,(2007),   Professional Practice for Interior Designers, 4th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell


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