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

ARCT40810 Practical Experience


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

What will I study?

The student is required to spend a minimum of 24 months (certified and approved professional practical training under the supervision of an architect).

This professional experience must be in paid employment for min. 21 hours/ week. During this time the architectural graduate gains experience of all aspects of architectural practice.

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
  • Professional Experience in Practice (incl. autonomous learning): 100 hours

How will I be assessed?

Oral Examination (1): 40%

Oral Examination (2): 40%

Assessment of Professional Experience (1,500 word submission, incl. Certificates of Experience): 20%

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

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

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, competence and professionalism required for independent practice as an architect in Ireland.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply the `body of knowledge' acquired in Modules ARCT 40130, ARCT 40140 and ARCT 40090 in response to specific issues and scenarios.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply judgement, integrity and impartiality in their professional role.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their personal professional responsibilities, skills, competences, limitations and on-going CPD (continuous professional development) requirements.
  • Demonstrate good communication, organisational and leadership skills in managing the development and procurement of a project.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, social, environmental, legislative and economic context in which the built environment is procured. 
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and comprehensively.

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.