Award: 10 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: 20/01/2014 (Semester 2)

ARCT40790 Case Study


This module is for students in Semester 2 of the Professional Diploma (Architecture).

What will I study?

The student prepares a Case Study (Dissertation) of 9-11,000 words (excl. appendices) based on their personal experience, practical involvement, assessment and analysis of an approved construction project, while under supervision in an architectural practice.

The student records their experience and commentary on the progress of the project and analyses each stage. In addition, the student records and comments on the practice structure and management, the client relationship and professional appointment, the design team, the construction team, the relevant statutory authorities and other parties.

How will I study?

The Online Professional Diploma (Architecture) will be delivered through the UCD Blackboard system and will consist of:

  • Interactive learning including lecture notes, powerpoint presentations, linked external reading/ video and interactive learning including reinforcement quizzes etc.
  • Interactive discussion boards.

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the course. However, they are expected to attend for one day at the end of the semester to take the exam of the module.  Students are expected to spend a total 120 hours workload during the semester consisting of:

  • Lectures, videos and other online learning materials (throughout the semester):  20 hours
  • Preparation of Case Study Dissertation (incl. autonomous learning): 100 hours

How will I be assessed?

Written Dissertation: 80%

Presentation of Dissertation at Oral Examination: 20%

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

Having successfully completed this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their personal professional experience gained throughout the development and construction of the selected project.
  • Demonstrate an ability to comprehensively identify and reflect on the critical issues at each stage of the selected construction project from inception to the operation of the completed building.
  • Demonstrate a clear and comprehensive understanding of the architect's role and responsibilities in relation to society, the client, design team, specialist consultants, local authorities and agencies, contractors, suppliers and building users.
  • Demonstrate an ability to clearly analyse the successes and failures of the project and to form a critical judgement on their personal contribution, professional abilities and competences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the effective operation and management of an architectural practice in the context of providing professional services.
  • Demonstate a detailed understanding of standard practice (and to clearly identify differences, where a selected Case Study project deviates from `typical' or `best' practice).
  • Demonstrate an ability to write a professional report, including undertaking research, formatting the structure and presentation, accrediting references and assembling appendices.

Am I eligible?

Students must have a primary qualification in architecture (B.Arch or equivalent approved 5-year qualification) in order to enter the Professional Diploma (Architecture) programme.