Award: 5 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: 09/09/2013 (Semester 1) or 20/01/2014 (Semester 2)

ARCT40800 Architectural Practice


This module is for students in Semester 1 or Semester 2 of the Professional Diploma (Architecture). It is also available as a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) module.

What will I study?

This module covers the issues relevant to current architectural practice in Ireland. 

Topics include:

  • the Architectural Profession & History of Professionalism
  • EU Practice & Policy
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Registration of Title
  • Forms of Practice
  • the Construction Industry in Ireland
  • Architectural Services & Appointments (public and private)
  • Management (Theory, Forms of Practice, Functions and Internal Organisation)
  • Financial Management
  • Professional Liability
  • Record-keeping
  • Communication skills

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.
  • Screen recordings to demonstrate reference material
  • Online multiple-choice quizzes
  • 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):  24 hours
  • Specific related reading: 12 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning: 84 hours

How will I be assessed?

Essay submission at the end of the Semester: 100%

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

Having successfully completed this module, students will 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 the role of a professional architect within this context.
  • 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.

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. This module is also available as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) without the requirement for a primary qualification.