DA7017 - Graduate Apprenticeship Architecture: End Point Assessment

What will I learn on this module?

You will consolidate all learning at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 into this final assessment, through the vehicle of a practice-based activity that has been agreed with your employer and tutor. This real-life activity should demonstrate your capacity to act as an autonomous architectural practitioner, identifying a problem to be resolved, gathering data and guidance from codes, regulations and consultants, critically evaluating issues of cost, time and quality, and demonstrating how you have resolved this design problem systematically. You will also critically evaluate your career to date, reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses as a student about to enter the profession as a chartered architect.

How will I learn on this module?

Independent learning, through your self-directed mapping of your professional experience to the joint ARB/RIBA Graduate Attributes and General Criteria and the associated Knowledge Skills and Behaviours of the Graduate Apprenticeship pathway in Architecture, will be form the basis of this module. The 20 % ‘off the job’ learning element of your apprenticeship provides the opportunity for this self-reflection on your professional and academic development to this point. This self-appraisal will influence your choice of an appropriate ‘design challenge’ as a vehicle to communicate the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of a graduate architect. Self-directed learning and autonomous inquiry are central to completion of this end point assessment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module team will provide support for students including answering student queries and providing guidance in relation to the aims of the module, professional body requirements, and the regulations for the End Point Assessment. An introductory workshop will help to frame the requirements and outputs of the end point assessment. You will be able to access key learning resources to support your assessment submissions, including the electronic learning portal holding relevant learning materials, and the University Library, containing a wide selection of relevant journals, books and databases, Access to Ask4Help will also be made available to support you with any required academic study skills and pastoral support.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

MLO1. Effectively source, evaluate and apply design thinking and knowledge towards resolution of an authentic design problem.

MLO2. Critically evaluate multiple sources of regulatory, technological and environmental data towards professionally justified applications.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO3. Demonstrate professional judgement in the resolution of conflicting and contradictory demands in professional practice.

MLO4: Express autonomous skills of reflective practice and professional judgement in a professional context

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO4. Evidence a personal and professional engagement with ethical, social and sustainable practice in the field of architecture

How will I be assessed?

a. Summative assessment for tasks

The end-point assessment will be assessed in two distinct parts:

Part A : Case Study Report + Design Challenge.. (MLOs 1, 2, 3). Production of a reflective case study report on an appropriate practice-based design challenge that demonstrates professional knowledge, skills and behaviours (3000 word equivalence)

Part B: Professional Interview + Career Appraisal : A reflective self-appraisal of professional and academic learning to date, including identification of areas of strengths and weaknesses (MLOs 1, 2, 4 and 5).

Formative feedback opportunities will be enabled through individual tutorials, however, the practice-based nature of the end point assessment demands that informal and formal feedback mechanisms within the office are employed extensively





Module abstract

This module completes your Graduate Apprenticeship in Architecture, providing a final gateway towards your professional accreditation as an architect. It is a stipulation of this pathway that Level 7 architecture apprenticeships conclude with an ‘End Point Assessment’ (EPA), comprising of a) a Case Study report and a focussed Design Challenge, and b) a Professional Interview and a Career Appraisal. You will work with your employer to select a small activity from a project within your office that evidences your autonomy in architectural practice, your capacity to make informed judgements, your ability to work as part of a wider team in the construction industry, and your capacity to identify areas for future development. Your ability to successfully communicate professional design thinking will be foregrounded, using written, visual and verbal methods.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 4 years part-time

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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