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Evaluate critical issues and challenges facing the design and construction industry and assess the capabilities and resources available to contribute to economic and social well being.

ADA: Assessment Brief

Course Title  

BSc(Hons) Surveying (Quantity Surveying)

BSc(Hons) Surveying (Building Surveying)

BSc(Hons) Construction Project Management

BSc(Hons) Architectural Technology

Module Title Professional Practice Module Code THA1030
Module Credit 20 Assessment Number 1 % weight 100%

Learning outcomes (to be assessed)


Knowledge and understanding A.    Recognize an individual’s strengths and weaknesses to enable a development to take place from career development to professional development

B.    Evaluate critical issues and challenges facing the design and construction industry and assess the capabilities and resources available to contribute to economic and social well being

C.    Recognize the concepts of ethics, sustainability and social responsibility which guide professional and commercial conduct and the operation of organizations.

D.    Evaluate corporate strategies, business management concepts and accounting procedures related to organizations.

E.    Conceptualize of the role of innovation, global citizenship, entrepreneurship in the built environment context and establish how these forces may be harnessed to achieve beneficial change and progress.

F.    Roles, significance, rules of conduct and conduct regulations of relevant professional organizations.

Abilities G.    Produce a personal professional portfolio that aligns the aspirations of the individual with the requirements of a professional practitioner.

H.    Demonstrate the capacity to innovate and entrepreneurial skills

Ability to make informed judgements on ethical matters and to practice accordingly.



Submission Date




Submission location


Bright space

Return Date to Students 3 term time weeks after date of submission Return


Bright space
Internal moderator  
Date the assessment brief was moderated by the External Examiner  TBC


Assessment Strategy

Formative assessment


You will receive feedback on your portfolio of work/performance/oral presentations within the module on a regular basis through individual/group tutorials.


Summative Assessment

Assessment tasks (including assessment weightings)


You are expected to produce a Professional Development Portfolio in which you must reflect your learning throughout your course and the module. In the Portfolio, you are required to write 5500 words addressing the two tasks noted below. In the Portfolio, you are encouraged to write about the topics under each task separately. (Learning outcomes A-I) (100%)



Task 1 – Learning Outcomes (A, B, C, D, E, H, I)


  • Explore the most critical contemporary issues and challenges in built environment development and management (5 points), and in light of those critical contemporary issues, propose a personal development plan, identifying your strengths and weaknesses as a construction project manager or surveyor (10 points). (15 points)
  • Explore the main elements of strategic management theory (2 points) and consider their relevance to the contemporary business practices in construction (3 points). (5 points)
  • Discuss the accounting practices in the construction industry. (5 points)
  • Explore how to develop a proactive approach to the management of key organizational resources that are essential to attain organizational objectives (5 points). (5 points)
  • Identify the steps towards improving performance in construction projects in order to support employees work as effectively as possible in line with the needs of the organization. (5 points)
  • Analyze the similarities (4 points) and differences (4 points) between ethics and compliance, and corporate social responsibility. (8 points)
  • List the main legal requirements for health and safety (3 points), briefly explain their content (3 points) and also explore in detail regulations under Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002 (3 points). (9 points)
  • Analyze how entrepreneurial behaviour is distinguishable from managerial behaviour (3 points), identify the nature of innovation (3 points) and examine its role in entrepreneurial activity (3 points). (9 points)


Task 2 (Learning Outcome F, G)


  • Choose a professional body suitable for your field. Investigate the routes (pathways) to become a Chartered Construction Manager or a Chartered Surveyor. (5 points)
  • Identify in detail the competencies required by the chosen professional body in your field. (8 points)
  • Analyze the knowledge that you have already gained throughout your course (4 points) and map them and discuss them against the competencies expected from the chosen professional body (4 points). (8 points)
  • Explore the competencies you are still to gain to become a Chartered Construction Manager or Chartered Surveyor and demonstrate your action planning to gain those competencies within the next five years. (8 points)

Clarity and professionalism of content, style, visuals and communication skills. Sources must be referenced in accordance with the University’s preferred choice of referencing system (APA 6th edition) (10 points).


Anonymous marking is not available for this module.

Work is available for tutor re-assessment.


Assessment Criteria


  1. Evidence the professional roles and responsibilities of built environment professionals and their relationship with related professional bodies (RICS and CIOB).
  2. Understanding of the critical issues and challenges facing the design and construction industry
  3. The ability to communicate and present information in a professional and appropriate manner


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