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Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Master of Architecture Architecture, Level 7, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Master of Architecture Architecture
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Welcome to the Course

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 at Leeds Beckett University 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.

George Epolito, Course Director

Welcome to The Leeds School of Arts.

With a history that spans over 170 years is united by a common goal: to encourage individuality, to inspire creativity, and to create impact. Arts at Leeds Beckett University is an inspired laboratory where ideas are piloted, risks are taken, and equal emphasis is placed on the navigation of nourishing creative journeys and the realisation of formidable art works. There are over 3000 students in the Leeds School of the Arts, spread across over 40 courses, in subjects ranging from Architecture and Landscape, Creative Technology, Art and Design, through to Fashion, Film, Music and Performing Arts. Our aim is to instil in you the confidence, curiosity and commitment to thrive at University and beyond, and to give you the freedom and independence to both think, and to make.

We have an exciting and experimental approach to contemporary, creative practice – set in the heart of a culturally energised city. We draw artistic inspiration from the innumerable sources of university culture, including the research of our extraordinary academics and the energy, open-mindedness and intellect of our students. This is more than a School, it is a community of creators and collaborators; a united, artistic family, pushing boundaries with a variety of courses.

Our School's principle of learning through theory and practice is enabled by deep and meaningful links with industry, community and the professions. We have Leeds based, national and international partnerships to enable students learning to be enriched by industry collaboration. Our investment in a £80m creative arts building, state-of-the-art technical equipment, workshop support and studio spaces will allow you to immerse yourself in live design and development projects, supported by a team of experienced staff on hand to challenge, listen and encourage. Our school is a place of experimentation in the creative arts and the work we undertake, not only transforms industry, but is industry.

I wish you well and hope you have a rewarding, enjoyable and highly creative year with us.

Dr Lisa Stansbie

Dr Lisa Stansbie, Dean of School

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!

Here in the SU we’re here to support, connect and represent you! Whether it’s gathering feedback on how you’re finding Uni, running in an election to become a full-time officer or joining a society, the SU’s got your back! Below you can find information on a few of our services including the advice service, student voice and how to be a course rep. If you’ve any questions on what the SU is, how it can support you or want to share feedback and have a rant, please feel free to message us. You can follow us on social media by searching LeedsBeckettSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up to date information.

My role as your Education officer is to support and represent you. If you have feedback you’d like to pass on, want to chat about a campaign idea or about the many things on Disney+, then you’ve found your one stop shop gal! I’m a student just like you and study Speech and Language Therapy, for a fun fact, drop me a message, you can find me on Facebook by searching ‘Sherry Iqbal’
I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU

Introduction

This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. 

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions.  If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. 

The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis. 

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider. 

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.   

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.  

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement. 

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.  

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You 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. 

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you 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 and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.  

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course-specific information

In light of the Covid-19 situation, the course will be delivered in 2020/21 using blended teaching. All modules which are seminar or lecture based will be delivered on line. Studio based courses will meet in person, once per week, as usual but will include an additional online component earlier in the week. In this way, students will benefit from both the online and personal learning environments following strict health and safety guidelines.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

To be confirmed at enrolment.

Peter Gosling 0113 8123216
Architectureadmins@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Broadcasting Place - Arts Building, 114, City Campus

Please contact your course administrator

The Academic Librarians for this course are Karen Fisher, Rob O'Brien and Catherine Parkin.

Please contact them at: lsalibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.


Sarah Mills, Head of Subject, s.j.mills@leedsbeckett.ac.uk, 0113 81 29053

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook)

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. All modules use both MyBeckett and CAGD as a repository for documents and presentations for students to access. Both also facilitate communication with students through posting notices or sending group emails. Some modules, particularly Architectural Context, use the VLE for the submission and return of assignments.

For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

Course Overview

The principal aim of the programme is to offer a high quality, creative design education as a basis for qualification and practice as an architect whilst fulfilling Part Two requirements for Architects Registration Board Prescription; Royal Institute of British Architects Validation and the QAA Architecture Subject Benchmark for final award programmes.
The programme of studies seeks to develop and explore values, knowledge, skills and techniques appropriate to the development of creative, responsive professional architects.
The scope of the Master of Architecture programme will satisfy:

• The eleven professional education objectives set out in the EU Professional Qualifications Directive 2005 (Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and the Council for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications, article 46 1a-k).

• Architects Registration Board Criteria for Prescription of Qualifications for Part Two programmes in Architecture.

• Royal Institute of British Architects Validation Criteria for Part Two programmes in Architecture.

• QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Architecture Final Awards

A Knowledge & Understanding
Graduates of the Master of Architecture shall be able to demonstrate that they meet the 11 points of article 46 of Directive 2005/36/EC and the jointly held Criteria for qualification prescription by ARB and programme validation by RIBA for Part Two courses in Architecture, and the QAA benchmark standard of the ‘Final Award’ in Architecture, as stated below.

Graduates shall be able to demonstrate the following:

GC1 - Ability to create architectural designs that satisfy both aesthetic and technical requirements.

GC1 The graduate will have the ability to:

1. prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale and, complexity, and type in a variety of contexts, using a range of media, and in response to a brief;
2. understand the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive design project;
3. develop a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user.

GC2 – Adequate knowledge of the histories and theories of architecture and the related arts, technologies and human sciences

GC2 The graduate will have an adequate knowledge of:

1. the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings;
2. the influence of history and theory on the spatial, social and technological aspects of architecture;
3. the application of appropriate theoretical concepts to studio design
projects, demonstrating a reflective and critical approach.

GC3 – Knowledge of the fine arts as an influence on the quality of architectural design

GC3 The graduate will have knowledge of:

1. how the theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design;
2. the creative application of the fine arts and their relevance and impact on architecture;
3. the creative application of such work to studio design projects, in terms of their conceptualisation and representation.

GC4 – Adequate knowledge of urban design, planning and the skills involved in the planning process

GC4 The graduate will have an adequate knowledge of:

1. theories of urban design and the planning of communities;
2. the influence of the design and development of cities, past and present on the contemporary built environment;
3. current planning policy and development control legislation, including social, environmental and economic aspects, and the relevance of these to design development.

GC5 – Understanding of the relationship between people and buildings, and between buildings and their environment, and the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scale

GC5 The graduate will have an understanding of:

1. the needs and aspirations of building users;
2. the impact of buildings on the environment, and the precepts of sustainable design;
3. the way in which buildings fit into their local context.

GC6 – Understanding of the profession of architecture and the role of the architect in society, in particular in preparing briefs that take account of social factors

GC6 The graduate will have an understanding of:

1. the nature of professionalism and the duties and responsibilities of architects to clients, building users, constructors, co-professionals and the wider society;
2. the role of the architect within the design team and construction industry, recognising the importance of current methods and trends in the construction of the built environment;
3. the potential impact of building projects on existing and proposed communities.

GC7 – Understanding of the methods of investigation and preparation of the brief for a design project
GC7 The graduate will have an understanding of:

1. the need to critically review precedents relevant to the function,
organisation, and technological strategy of design proposals;
2. the need to appraise and prepare building briefs of diverse scales and types, to define client and user requirements and their appropriateness to site and context;
3. the contributions of architects and co-professionals to the formulation of the brief, and the methods of investigation used in its preparation.

GC8 – Understanding of the structural design, constructional and engineering problems associated with building design

GC8 The graduate will have an understanding of:

1. the investigation, critical appraisal and selection of alternative structural, constructional and material systems relevant to architectural design;
2. strategies for building construction, and ability to integrate knowledge of structural principles and construction techniques;
3. the physical properties and characteristics of building materials, components and systems, and the environmental impact of specification choices.

GC9 – Adequate knowledge of physical problems and technologies and the function of buildings so as to provide them with internal conditions of comfort and protection against the climate

GC9 The graduate will have an adequate knowledge of:

1. principles associated with designing optimum visual, thermal and acoustic environments;
2. systems for environmental comfort realised within relevant precepts of sustainable design;
3. strategies for building services, and ability to integrate these in a design project.

GC10 –The necessary design skills to meet building users’ requirements within the constraints imposed by cost factors and building regulations

GC10 The graduate will have skills to:

1. critically examine the financial factors implied in varying building types, constructional systems, and specification choices, and the impact of these on architectural design;
2. understand the cost control mechanisms which operate during the development of a project;
3. prepare designs that will meet building users’ requirements and comply with UK legislation, appropriate performance standards and health and safety requirements.

GC11 – Adequate knowledge of the industries, organisations, regulations and procedures involved in translating design concepts into buildings and integrating plans into overall planning


GC11 The graduate will have knowledge of:

1. the fundamental legal, professional and statutory responsibilities of the architect, and the organisations, regulations and procedures involved in the negotiation and approval of architectural designs, including land law, development control, building regulations and health and safety legislation;
2. the professional inter-relationships of individuals and organisations involved in procuring and delivering architectural projects and how these are defined through contractual and organisational structures;
3. the basic management theories and business principles related to running both an architect’s practice and architectural projects, recognising current and emerging trends in the construction industry.

With regard to meeting the 11 points of the European Union Architects’ Directive and the General Criteria; graduates of the Master of Architecture programme shall be required to demonstrate ARB/RIBA ‘Graduate Attributes for Part Two’.

GA2 The graduate shall demonstrate:

1. ability to generate complex design proposals showing awareness of current architectural issues, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, to test new hypotheses and speculations;
2. ability to evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals;
3. ability to evaluate materials, processes and techniques that apply to complex architectural designs and building construction, and to integrate these into practicable design proposals;
4. critical understanding of how knowledge is advanced through research to produce clear, logically argued and original written work relating to architectural culture, theory and design;
5. understanding of the context of the architect and the construction industry, include the architect’s role in the processes of procurement and building production, and under legislation;
6. problem solving skills, professional judgement, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances; and appropriate to qualification as an architect.
7. ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required to prepare for qualification as an architect.


The PSRB Outcomes satisfy the Learning Outcomes that the University requires of its courses at level 7:
• Demonstrate a critical awareness and systematic evaluation of Architecture (Design, Technology, Context and Professional Studies).
• Critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in Architecture.
• Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge and techniques to create and interpret knowledge in the area of Architecture including; Design, Technology, History and Theory (Context Studies and Professional Practice).
• The ability to undertake research activity relevant to the discipline of Architectural Design.
• The ability to communicate effectively and professionally using appropriate verbal, visual and written representation of the context, process and performance within a project.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment Balance

Level 7

Examination

14 %

Coursework

86 %

Practical

N/A

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.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

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.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; 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. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments. The studio-based nature of the course provides for on-going formative verbal and written feedback during one to one tutorials at the drawing board/computer and student presentation seminars. Students are alerted to the importance of this at the start of the course and encouraged to record the comments themselves as part of their reflective portfolios. Written summative feedback is provided at the end of a module. Students are encouraged to discuss with the relevant module tutor any clarification they require following feedback.

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) are available on the Results Online system: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online.htm.

Results will appear within Results Online 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.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

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 Results Online 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

The Learning and Teaching Strategies are formulated to give support, structure and coherence to the programme in developing the requisite professional skills and competencies and providing students with opportunities for personal and academic growth, in a responsive learning environment. Teaching and learning methods adopted by the Course reflect this approach.
The principal focus and core activity of the course is design which is delivered through Design Studio programmes integrated with, and supported by, related programmes in Context Studies; Technology and Professional Practice.
1.1.1 Design Studio
The educational benefit, in terms of skill development within a ‘studio’, are greatly superior to that which could be achieved by the individual student working alone. Teaching as part of the ‘design studio’ is the very direct relationship between student and tutor, involving frequent one-to-one and small group tutorials. Studio space is dedicated to architectural teaching and students who should, and do have access to it for long periods. The studio is the setting for the creation, display and discussion of design work in individual and group tutorials as well as in more public reviews and is increasingly used as a setting for the learning and teaching of theoretical, historical, professional and technological aspects of architecture.
Within the ‘Design Studio’ modules the student will prepare and present building design projects of diverse scale, complexity, and type in a variety of contexts. A range of media are used to develop an understanding of the constructional and structural systems, the environmental strategies and the regulatory requirements that apply to the design and construction of a comprehensive building. The modules develop a conceptual and critical approach to architectural design that integrates and satisfies the aesthetic aspects of a building and the technical requirements of its construction and the needs of the user.

The Learning and Teaching Strategies inherent in Design Studio can be summarised as:
1. the element of self-direction inherent in project–based design develops independence of thought and fosters critical judgement
2. design ability and learning is progressed by a constant cross-referral of ideas that are subject to peer group commentary and tutorial support
3. interaction between the peer group creates a forum for exploration, experiment and discussion. This is particularly appropriate for group-based learning
In Design Studio a ‘studio’ system operates within the design module offering thematic choice and a pluralist approach to design based on staff interests and expertise. Students select a studio programme according to their own personal interests or approach to architecture. All studios have the same learning outcomes, and each studio will explore the full range of issues which impact on the design process but start from different frames of interest. Design projects are either defined by studio-specific programmes which have generic briefs or those developed by individual students through a personalised Learning Agreements negotiated with the studio tutors. Studio programmes may be defined by individual students in relation to their own personal interest or focus providing they can be matched to the areas of expertise offered by staff.
The Master of Architecture course is a single level course carried out over a two-year period. Module pre-requisites and co-requisites allow for progressive development and integration in Design Studio. The increasing complexity in design projects is developed within the programme themes through a sequence of modules.
Within Design Studio 4, the Integrated Design and Practice Reports students present a coherent argument about the student’s work in Design Studio and inter-relating factors to show the design work is a complete and integrated thesis ranging from theoretical ideas, through the materiality, sustainability of the proposal, to professional issues regarding its development. A series of workshops on a range of issues linked to the relevant ARB Prescription Criteria are devised to contextualise the student’s work in the design unit. The report covers the integrative nature of architecture and summarises the main issues of the student’s portfolio relating to the production of coherent and integrated designs and summarises professional, ethical and regulatory issues which might arise in the development of the student’s design in relation to the context of current and possible futures of architectural practice.

1.1.2 History and Theory - Context Studies (A and B)
The modules promote an inquisitive historical and theoretical stance to architectural issues by setting up a framework that challenges given assumptions on architecture design, history and knowledge, while acknowledging architecture’s interdisciplinary and relation to social, political, financial and other context.
The module caters for the individual needs and interests of students; it develops in the form of lectures, workshops, seminars, individual students oral presentations in group setting in class, and individual tutorials in group setting in class; all the above aim to support the students’ individual choice of topic (preferably related to their studio design work) so that they become committed and able to produce substantial written work in semester 2 (Dissertation proposal STASIS 3.000 words 20 credits) and fully develop this in semester 3 (THESIS dissertation 9.000 words 20 credits). The allocation of same credits (20) to both the 3.000 and the 9.000 words text is an acknowledgement of the difficulty in setting up a dissertation proposal (STASIS); this is a short piece of writing that entails the student’s individual choice and stance towards a selected topic, assembling/investigating secondary sources and case studies, as well as examining possibilities for gathering material through primary research. Once the STASIS has been set up, it can be fully developed and turned into the 9.000 words dissertation (THESIS) which builds on a sound argumentation.
The module’s teaching content and techniques enable students to assemble their own conceptual toolkit for thinking and discussing architectural issues in ways that reinforce interchange between material -if they so wish. When students start Context B in semester 3 are well prepared to develop and discuss their argumentation in the process of writing their dissertation (THESIS) and connect it to their design studio work.

1.1.3 Professional Studies
The module comprises:-Student-led research and presentation of a range of topics relating to the role of the architect, the profession and the construction & development industry. Research is supported by seminars and each presentation is followed by a student-led seminar which allows informed debate on the topic.
A series of workshops and seminars led by visiting professional practitioners, covering current issues relating to the practice of architecture and the construction and development industry: each event is followed by a student-led seminar, which allows informed debate about the issue.
1.1.4 Technology
The modules, develop integrative thinking regarding the technical requirements and production issues of detailed building design:
The Technology 1 module consists of two components of assessment: Technology Futures and Design Studio Integrated Technology Part A. Technology Futures is a seminar-based module, where students research new technologies/methodologies their impact on the design of built form, and present their findings to the cohort. The production of a research report involving a detailed study of new technologies relevant to the design studio. Design Studio Integrated Technology Part A is co-requisite with Design Studio 2, and investigates the design and integration of an aspect of the project design proposition in greater detail. Students on the Degree Apprenticeship course have the option of substituting their Design Studio 2 project with a design project they are involved with in practice. The Technology tutor will determine whether the proposed substitution complies with the learning outcomes of the module.
The Technology 2 module consists of two elements of assessment linked directly with Design Studio, Design Studio integrated Technology Parts B and C. The two parts are co-requisite with Design Studio 3 and 4 respectively, and cover the integration of construction technology within the fabric of a complex building. Part B considers the analysis of site brief and suitable precedent. From this analysis design options are developed that can be assessed with regards to such factors as sustainability, performance, suitability and aesthetics at a strategic level. Part C considers the specific choice of tactics for the structural, construction and environmental design of the major design project, and creates a commentary and analysis of the decisions made. The teaching and learning strategy includes lectures, design workshops, including those by visiting consultants, and self-directed study leading to the production of a workbook/report.

In light of the Covid-19 situation, the course will be delivered in 2020/21 using blended teaching. All modules which are seminar or lecture based will be delivered on line. Studio based courses will meet in person, once per week, as usual but will include an additional online component earlier in the week. In this way, students will benefit from both the online and personal learning environments following strict health and safety guidelines.

Level 7

Teaching Block 1

Core

Design Studio 1 (Level 6)

Y

Technology 1 Component 1

Y

Professional Studies 1

Y

Teaching Block 2

Core

Design Studio 3

Y

Context Studies B

Y

Tech 2 Component 1

Y

Teaching Block 3

Core

Design Studio 2

Y

Tech 1 Component 2

Y

Context A

Y

Teaching Block 4

Core

Design Studio 4 (including Integrated Design Report)

Y

Tech 2 Component 2

Y

Overall Workload

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

227 hours

Independent Study

1673 hours

Placement

N/A

Details of School academic staff can be found on the Leeds School of Arts Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see www.ukcisa.org.uk or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website (www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/) or contact the International Student Advice Centre on internationalstudentadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

Architects Registration Board (ARB)
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

The course is prescribed by Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) and Validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). To meet RIBA/ARB professional body requirements the course includes the following exemptions:
1. Students must pass all components of all modules, as this is a requirement of RIBA/ARB external validation and prescription.
2. The MArch course structure departs from the 20 x 6 structure. The reason is that as a design course with a focus on ‘design studio’ project work it is necessary for modules to be large modules. This is common practice at other Schools of Architecture.

To meet RIBA/ARB professional body requirements the course includes the following exceptions:
1. ‘Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subject of Architecture from an ARB/RIBA accredited Part One course
or at least a second class honours degree in Architecture from a non ARB/RIBA Part One course and work experience,
or at least a second class honours degree in Architecture from a non ARB/RIBA Part One course with Part One awarded through the ARB Assessment Panel and work experience.’
Suitable candidates who meet the entry requirements will be asked to submit a portfolio of creative work to demonstrate creative ability and may be required to attend an interview. Portfolio would include examples from previous education, professional experience or personal work.
2. English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification.
The course is two full time years (or four part-time years) The course is three years in part-time mode as required for professional accreditation. To be able to satisfy the criteria of ARB for Prescription and RIBA for Validation students must pass all modules in both years one and two of the programme making a total of 240 credits at level H7 for the award of Master of Architecture (40 credits level 6 and 200 level 7).

Students may be awarded Master of Architecture with Distinction, Master of Architecture with Merit, Merit in Technology, Merit in Context Studies based on performance as follows:

For the award of Master of Architecture with Distinction a student must pass all the requisite modules for Master of Architecture and achieve an average of 70% in either Design Studio modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 or Design Studio modules 3 and 4.

For the award of Master of Architecture with Merit a student must pass all the requisite modules for Master of Architecture and achieve an average of 60 -69% in Design Studio modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.

For the award of Master of Architecture with Merit in Technology a student must pass all the requisite modules for Master of Architecture and achieve an average of 70% in Technology modules A, B, C and Technology Futures.

For the award of Master of Architecture with Merit in Context Studies a student must pass all the requisite modules for Master of Architecture and achieve an average of 70% in Context Studies modules Part A: Stasis and Part B: Thesis/Dissertation.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

With regard to meeting the 11 points of the European Union Architects’ Directive and the General Criteria, graduates of the Master of Architecture programme shall be required to demonstrate ARB/RIBA ‘Graduate Attributes for Part Two’.

The graduate shall demonstrate:
1. ability to generate complex design proposals showing awareness of current architectural issues, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, to test new hypotheses and speculations;
2. ability to evaluate and apply a comprehensive range of visual, oral and written media to test, analyse, critically appraise and explain design proposals;
3. ability to evaluate materials, processes and techniques that apply to complex architectural designs and building construction, and to integrate these into practicable design proposals;
4. critical understanding of how knowledge is advanced through research to produce clear, logically argued and original written work relating to architectural culture, theory and design;
5. understanding of the context of the architect and the construction industry, include the architect’s role in the processes of procurement and building production, and under legislation;
6. problem solving skills, professional judgement, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances; and appropriate to qualification as an architect;
7. ability to identify individual learning needs and understand the personal responsibility required to prepare for qualification as an architect.


You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

The Master of Architecture (Part 2) course includes teaching of critical urban practice, community engagement, ecological urbanism, post-capitalism, critical technology, critical history and theory contexts, and the prototyping and testing of manufactured objects in order to prepare graduates for a world dominated by social uncertainty and economic crisis. Students focus upon developing themselves as critically-informed designers with the ability to respond to the changing demands of the built environment. Within Professional studies and Management and Law reports students acquire an understanding of regulation, organisation, legal and economic aspects of architectural practice and construction procurement, and the related skills necessary to understand practice effectively. The module fosters the development of critical and independent judgement, and develops a critical awareness of current problems in the related subject areas by developing and extending the professional context of the practice of architecture as part of an interdisciplinary team.


The Master of Architecture course prepares students for further post-graduate studies in architecture and architectural studies at doctoral level (MPhil/PhD) and equips them for the beginning of an academic career in architecture (teaching and research). It provides a grounding for a PHD in Architecture with advanced research in in its different forms - academic writing, architectural design and practice and subjects, history, theory, criticism, design and urbanism.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

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.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)


They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., c1234567@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.

OneDrive

OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.


The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.

Email: suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:

Email: studentvoice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/officerteam

Resources

MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The Support tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Student’s Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/ registration.

The Opportunities tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union 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 such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

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 such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

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 Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. 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

Master of Architecture Architecture

Leeds Beckett University

Level 6
40 Credits

Level 7
200 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.

City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

Students must pass all components of all modules, as this is a requirement of RIBA/ARB external validation and prescription.

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:

Robert Sakula, Partner with Ash Sakula Architects London

Diana Periton, Independent Scholar. Managing co-editor of ‘Architecture & Culture: the Journal of the Architectural Humanities Research Association’


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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