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Bachelor of Arts with Honours Housing Studies, Level 6, Asian Institute of Built Environment, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Bachelor of Arts with Honours Housing Studies
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Welcome to the Course

Dr Andre Pusey

This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a Module Handbook for each module you study on your course.

The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us is both enjoyable and successful.

On behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies.

Whether you are joining us as a new student or returning to continue your studies, and whether your course is on-campus, distance learning, degree apprenticeships or you are on one of our UK and overseas collaborative and franchise courses, we hope you will enjoy your experience and find your studies interesting, challenging and relevant to your development and future career plans.

Our aim is to provide students with a research informed, innovative and relevant curriculum that is linked to current industry practices and standards. Our courses are highly valued by employers, professional bodies and other stakeholders. Our School has a strong tradition of delivering programmes that provide students with the opportunity for academic and practical experience. This approach, coupled with our close involvement with employers, produces graduates who are highly regarded in the workplace.

Through our approach to student support and to teaching and learning we aim to place you, our students, at the heart of everything we do. You will experience a diverse range of teaching approaches. We also use a variety of different methods of assessment and attach considerable importance to providing you feedback on your assessments.

The School curricula encompasses sustainability embracing broader social, economic, and environmental issues fundamental to understanding, preserving, and enriching the built, natural and digital environments.

As a School we strive to be student-centred and value your opinions and feedback. We want to hear about the things you enjoy and that you think we do well, but also want to know when you think there are ways in which we can improve your experience. There are many ways in which you can provide feedback including through your student academic representatives, through written or on-line module evaluation feedback forms and through student open meetings, forums with staff and student representative meetings with me.

We maintain a strong commitment to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and our facilities are well equipped for each major area of our course provision. Our Built Environment, Planning, Human Geography and Civil and Building Services Engineering courses are situated in the heart of the City at Northern Terrace Building, with the Computing and Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses located in Caedmon Building at our Headingley Campus.

If you are studying on campus, where possible, the majority of your teaching will take place at the School’s buildings; however, some teaching sessions may be scheduled in other buildings on our City Campus and Headingley Campus. The City Campus library is located in the Leslie Silver Building, which is adjacent to Northern Terrace, while the James Graham Building houses the library at our Headingley Campus.

This academic year, because of the need to maintain social distance as a result of Covid-19, thereby keep both students and staff safe, the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing will be using a blended learning approach. All essential delivery will take place online and this will include lectures, seminars and virtual drop-in sessions. Some limited face-to-face sessions (for example tutorials/seminars/workshop) will be delivered onsite to provide additional small-group learning opportunities. For those who are unable to visit us on campus, these face-to-face sessions will be recorded and made available electronically. In addition, courses that have laboratory work and practical sessions, where these cannot be delivered in any alternative way will be arranged for students to come to Campus for the sessions. The delivery methods will be reviewed as we know more about Covid-19 through Government advice and directives.

I would like to wish you well in your chosen studies and hope you have an enjoyable and successful year.

Professor Akin Akintola

Professor Akintola Akintoye, Dean of School

This document probably includes the most important steps for you to understand your course which is operated by the Asian Institute of Built Environment (AIBE) on behalf of Leeds Beckett University. Certainly, you have made the right choice. Here, you will be able to learn and apply your knowledge to the work place. Please read through this whole document. To draw your attention, I would like to stress three points. First, commitment is of course the first directive of yourselves as you will need to sacrifice your free time to focus on your studies in order to successfully get the award. Class attendance is of utmost importance because only by attending classes that you could really learn from the lecturers, or otherwise, you may have a high probability of failing the modules. The consequences may be re-examination, retaking the module or the worst of all, termination. So, please work hard and try your best! Listening to the oral explanation and taking notes are two key activities when you attend a lecture. Such notes will certainly help you a lot with your preparing your coursework and the final examinations. Second, we are here to support and help you make your dreams come true. Please ensure that you remain in contact with us at the AIBE, and all my colleagues are very happy to provide guidance and advice as appropriate to help you successfully complete your studies. Finally, I do hope that you will enjoy studying in AIBE and please feel free to contact me or other administrative staff regarding your concerns and needs. Once again, please remember that you are a student of both Leeds Beckett University and the Asian Institute of Built Environment. We are your bridge linking Hong Kong and The United Kingdom. This handbook provides you with information that you will need to succeed in completing your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time when you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a module guide, for each module you study in your course, which will detail the module objectives, content and means of assessment. The course team is looking forward to working with you in the coming year(s) and we hope that your time studying with us at the Asian Institute of Built Environment and Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful. On behalf of our Institute and the University and the whole course team, I would like to wish you all the best in your studies. Albert So Director, Asian Institute of Built Environment

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

Mr. Raymond Ha

Ir Dr Albert So (Chief)

Mr. Michael Leung

Reached by:
online: Please leave in the pm to https://www.facebook.com/aibe.edu/
by phone - +852 23761933
Whatsapp 55085538 (mainly for application enquiries)
Email: general@aibe-edu.org

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course-level, in course forums and in meetings with academic and support staff. Details about being a Course Representative are available at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/course-representatives.htm. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available at www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk.

The Library and Student IT Advice Service is available by online chat, email or phone, and provides support on using the University’s online and digital services, finding information, borrowing, Office, MyBeckett, online meetings, saving your work, passwords, etc.

• online: Please leave in the pm to https://www.facebook.com/aibe.edu/
• by phone - +852 23761933
• Whatsapp 55085538 (mainly for application enquiries)
• Email: general@aibe-edu.org

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails from AIBE. Any quick notices will also be made via social media e.g. AIBE’s Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/aibe.edu/ ).

Timetable Information

Please refer to your timetable from Moodle (AIBE student portal).

Course Overview

Students will examine the latest housing policy, take part in debates with local professionals and expand work related research skills by contributing to research seminars, helping out in partnership meetings with housing employers or taking part in an international field trip.

The BA (Hons) Housing Studies will enable students to:

• foster a critical and reflective understanding of contemporary housing policy and practice;

• develop an appreciation of the inter-relationships between the professions and specialisms involved in the built environment;

• equip students to engage in creative and innovative thinking about society using appropriate techniques, knowledge and skills;

• develop independent learning habits, promoting a commitment to lifelong learning for housing practitioners through a student-centred approach and to allow personal and career development;

• critically understand the rationale for housing policy, including considerations of effectiveness, diversity and difference, social justice and community engagement.

1

Critically evaluate and assess the social, economic and political nature of housing;

2

Analyse the pursuit of community participation,development and theories of community action, class and marginalisation in neighbourhoods and communities;

3

Develop an awareness of the socially constructed ways housing and society is represented and interpreted at local and global levels

4

Understand the research processes and appropriate traditional and digital analytical/methodological skills that help interrogate society and public policy environments

5

Understand technical aspects of law, finance and construction in relation to the built environment

6

Demonstrate critical understanding about the ethical or vocational role of the modern housing professional


1

To develop specialist knowledge in selected areas of housing policy and practice (including law, finance and construction)

2

To analyse and evaluate information and generate policy

relevant solutions

3

To reflect upon the processes and issues involved in multi

disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and inter-professional activity

4

To gain an understanding of a wide range of traditional and

digital skills and be able to apply one or more of these in the

course of carrying out a sustained piece of research


Assessment & Feedback

Level 4 is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments

Level 5 is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments and examinations

Level 6 is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some examinations

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Contact the Course management team - Coordinator: Ting Cheung – tingcheung@aibe-edu.org

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.11 of the Academic Regulations at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/public-information/academic-regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

Most assessment submissions will make use of Turnitin. When you submit your work through Turnitin it will 'match' your work with a massive global database of books, e-books, journals, websites and other students' work. You can see if parts of your work 'match' work in the database and you can see if you have attributed this to the source. Turnitin can only help you if you submit drafts of your work a reasonable length of time before the submission deadline.

Turnitin cannot detect plagiarism, it can only 'match' text. If you are not sure how to interpret the 'originality report' which Turnitin makes available to you please ask your module tutor.

Further information on Turnitin is available here: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mybeckett/turnitin

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. But note that this does not include periods of time when the University is closed, e.g. around Christmas and New Year. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive this. The Course Specification explains how feedback will be provided on both formative and summative assessments.

Feedback can be in written form or verbal, formal or informal, and it is important that you understand what it can involve. Some key features of this are:

  • Feedback is normally written on the work submitted and a separate feedback sheet providing typed comments relating to the assessment’s specific marking criteria provided
  • Feedback should be constructive and include an indication of how a piece of work could be improved
  • Group feedback is often provided which summarises the key strengths and weaknesses of the assessment overall. This provides you with an opportunity to learn directly from your peers.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) will be notified via email.

Results will be notified in five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via email of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

Students will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus, online, and digital content, teaching and learning. The proportion of activities will be adjusted referring to HKSAR Government/ Authorities (e.g. Centre for Health Protection of Department of Health)/ Education Bureau’s announcement and the current situation in Hong Kong.

We are working to 1.5 metre social distancing guidelines for Teaching Block 1, and therefore are not planning to deliver teaching to large groups on campus for this period. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching (this will be reviewed on a regular basis).

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so students can access this if they are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded.

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies.

Level 4 Core Modules

Study Skills

The Context for Housing Organisations

Legal Frameworks and Regulation

Reflective Practitioner

Leadership in Practice

City and Society

Level 5 Core Modules

Research Methods

Housing Markets

Neighbourhood Planning and Design

Level 5 Option Modules

The following option modules are indicative of a typical year. There may be some variance in the

availability of option modules

Finance and Accounting for Housing Management

Fire Regulation and Safety in Domestic and Commercial Property

International Field Trip

Housing Needs

Social Justice

Level 6 Core Modules

The Housing Professional

Housing Policy

Dissertation (40 credits)

Level 6 Option Modules

The following option modules are indicative of a typical year. There may be some variance in the

availability of option modules

Legal Studies for Housing Management

Geographical Imaginations

Housing Difference and Diversity

Facilities and Maintenance Management

Urban and Social Contexts

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

164 hours

267 hours

224 hours

Independent Study

1036 hours

933 hours

976 hours


Attendance & Absence

Students are required to sign off attendance sheet for each module.

Please refer to Academic Regulations Section 8.

Please inform AIBE before class for absence due to illness and provide sick leave certificate issued by doctor. For more details, please refer to Academic Regulations Section 8.

If you are considering withdrawal from your course you should speak to your personal tutor / academic advisor to discuss your reasons. If there is a problem, staff at your delivery provider or the University may be able to help. It may be possible to arrange suspension of studies from your course.

If you are considering withdrawing, permanently or temporarily, you must complete a withdrawal form, which you can obtain from the administrative staff at your delivery provider. This form must be submitted as soon as possible as withdrawals cannot normally be backdated. For further details see the Student Regulations.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

During the course you will gain a range of employability and personal skills such as team-working, research, critical thinking and evaluation, presentation and independent learning. Many of these skills are linked to the development of Graduate Attributes which are assessed as part of the course.

There are three Graduate Attributes for Leeds Beckett University and these are tailored to suit your course. The three attributes you should achieve by the end of the course are for you to be digitally literate, have a global outlook and for you to be enterprising. Learning about these attributes and being assessed on them as part of your modules will provide you with capabilities which are essential for your future career and wider life as you move on from your studies here. You will be formally assessed on all the attributes in some of your modules at each academic level in each year of your course. For more information on graduate attributes please visit https://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/local/graduate_attributes/category_homepage.shtml

Information on your assessment is included in your Module Handbooks.

The Course Specification includes details of any accreditations, career paths, further study options and other opportunities for graduates.

Learning Support

BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering / BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering courses – Gary Fong – garyfong@aibe-edu.org

MSc Building Services Engineering – Jamie Wong – jamiewong@aibe-edu.org

BA (Hons) Housing Studies – Michael Leung – michaelleung@aibe-edu.org

General email: general@aibe-edu.org

General hotline: (852) 23761933

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

Team leader: Ting Cheung – tingcheung@aibe-edu.org

General email: general@aibe-edu.org

General hotline: (852) 23761933

Contact: Ting Cheung – tingcheung@aibe-edu.org

Librarian: Michael Leung – michaelleung@aibe-edu.org

IT Support: general@aibe-edu.org

Contact: Ting Cheung – tingcheung@aibe-edu.org

This is temporarily not applicable in Hong Kong as AIBE’s part time students are not keen on this. AIBE is glad to support when there is any request from student(s).

There are student representatives and all students are invited to attend student focus group in each semester. They can express their opinions anytime.

Resources

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and nominated Student Representatives to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your course representative or directly with your personal tutor / academic advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about your course, you should initially follow the complaints procedure of your delivery provider.

If this does not resolve the matter, then you should make a formal complaint under the University's Student Complaints Procedure. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages.

General Information

Bachelor of Arts with Honours Housing Studies

Certificate of Higher Education Housing Studies

Diploma of Higher Education Housing Studies

BA Housing Studies

Leeds Beckett University

Asian Institute of Built Environment

Level 6

360 credits

Part-time delivery is usually at half the intensity of the FT equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence to that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent.

This document probably includes the most important steps for you to understand your course which is operated by the Asian Institute of Built Environment (AIBE) on behalf of Leeds Beckett University. Certainly, you have made the right choice. Here, you will be able to learn and apply your knowledge to your work place. Please read through this whole document. To draw your attention, I would like to stress four points.

First, the curriculum has been revised with the addition of two new elective modules and changes in the specification of several modules with effect from the 2020-21 academic year. This is to bring the course closer to the local industry here in Hong Kong to meet the requirements of PMSA (Property Management Services Authority) and CIH APB (Asian Pacific Branch of Chartered Institute of Housing).

Second, commitment is the key factor of success as you will need to sacrifice your free time to focus on your studies to get the award. Class attendance is of utmost importance because only by attending classes that you could really learn from the lecturers and your fellow classmates because extended in-class discussion is absolutely necessary in social science study. So, please work hard and try your best! Listening to the oral explanation and taking notes are two key activities when you attend a lecture. Such notes will certainly help you a lot with your preparing your coursework and the final examinations.

Third, we are here to support and help you make your dreams come true. Please ensure that you remain in contact with us at the AIBE, and all my colleagues are devoted to providing you with appropriate guidance and advice to help you successfully complete your studies.

Finally, I do hope that you will enjoy studying at AIBE and please feel free to contact me, your Course Leader, or other administrative staff regarding your concerns and needs. Once again, please remember that you are a student of both Leeds Beckett University and the Asian Institute of Built Environment. We are your bridge linking Hong Kong and The United Kingdom.

This handbook provides you with information that you will need to succeed in completing your course. You will also receive a module guide for each module you study in your course, which will detail the module objectives, content and means of assessment.

The course team is looking forward to working with you in the coming year(s) and we hope that your time studying with us at the Asian Institute of Built Environment and Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful. On behalf of our Institute and the University and the whole course team, I would like to wish you all the best in coming years.

Ir Dr Albert So

Director, Asian Institute of Built Environment

Asian Institute of Built Environment (plus location of any work placement, if applicable).

Please refer to admission letter.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

There are no additional or non-standard regulations which relate to your course

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

The details of the External Examiner for this course are as follows:

Professor Paddy Gray

Professor Emeritus of Housing

School of Architecture and the Built Environment

Ulster University

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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