The DT175b BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology RPL progression programme comprises a single stage or academic year, which is divided into two 15 week semesters. Each semester comprises 12 teaching weeks, 1 review week, and 2 weeks of self directed learning and assessments.
Each semester equates to 30 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits totalling 600 learning hours per semester and 1200 learning hours per year for full time mode, and 15 ECTS credits totalling 300 learning hours per semester and 600 learning hours per year for the part time RPL mode. RPL learning hours are limited to 300 accepting that all RPL students have a minimum of two years practice experience in combination with a Level 7 qualification prior to admission.
The RPL programme is centred on four modules which provide the focus for demonstrating practice-based prior learning and for applying new learning to a combination of RPL assignments and technical design research projects.
RPL Module 1
RPL Module 1 ‘’Professional Development Dossier’’ provides for the compilation of three professional development dossiers which record the extent of the students prior learning under the headings of Profession Management & Systems (PMS), Procurement Coordination & Cost Control (PCC), and Legislation Regulation & Contract (LRC).
Learning deficits are identified under the supervision of the RPL coordinator, and assignments agreed in consultation with the student to achieve the required learning outcomes. As an alternative to any or all the professional development dossiers in RPL Module 1 students may complete the full time progression modules of Profession Management & Systems (PMS), Procurement Coordination & Cost Control (PCC), and Legislation Regulation & Contract (LRC).
RPL students will be required to attend the Semester 1 PMS, PCC and LRC lectures in parallel with and as a means of informing the development of their Professional Development Dossiers.
RPL Module 2
RPL Module 2 ‘’Technical Design Project: General Arrangement’’ provides for the compilation and critical reappraisal of sketch, planning, fire safety, building regulation and general arrangement design documentation for a selected architectural design project developed by the student in practice on which to base a technical design and research project.
RPL students will be required to attend the Semester 1 Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Technical Design Dissertation (TDD) tutorials along with Building Technology & Structures (BTS) lectures as a means of informing the reflection on and development of their Technical Design Project.