Full Title:Professional Practice & Entrepreneurship
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:ENES E8017
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to develop the students understanding of the professional building surveying business environment.Students will also develop communication,intra/interpersonal, negotiation, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify professional services offered by the building surveyor and recognise the importance and role of effectively advising, instructing, organising and negotiating with clients using written and verbal communications.
  2. Discuss and recognise the basic entrepreneurial principles involved in setting up and running a sustainable building surveying business.
  3. Explain the importance of working with professional bodies in order to maintain high domestic and internationally regonised ethical standards within the building surveying industry.
  4. Discuss and examine the importance of giving evidence in formal situations including mediation, arbitration and court proceedings.
  5. Recognise and compare the importance of professional training as distinct from academic qualifications.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Overview of Professional Services
Introduction to professional services offered, professional letters, taking Instructions, agreeing fees/terms & conditions, advice and guidance.
Personal and Interpersonal skills
Personal & professional development, time management, working in groups, critical thinking and problem solving, conflict resolution, negotiation, organising, controlling and chairing various team meetings.
Introduction to Business Skills
Setting up a practice, preparing a business plan, raising finance, funding & taxation issues, professional indemnity insurance, book keeping- accountancy, financial statements, vat returns etc, e-business, marketing, communication & promotion, legal issues, quality assurance.
Professional Ethics & Standards
Ethical values and standards, confidentially issues etc.
Expert Witness
Qualifications and experience, giving evidence, documenting evidence, court appearances etc.
Assessment of professional competence
Professional training including general details and procedures, continued professional development details & procedures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Combination of preparation of professional letters/reports to advise a client on professional practice issues relevant to a given case scenarios and multiple choice question tests. 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 100 40 Every Second Week 0
Continuous Assessment Students will prepare a written entrepreneurship report 2 20.00 100 40 Week 10 0
Continuous Assessment Students will present findings of the written entrepreneurship report 2 10.00 100 40 Week 12 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam A 2 hour formal end of semester examination will be given to examine knowledge of all learning outcomes. 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 100 40 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Students shall be given the opportunity to re-attempt the recoverable elements of the CA. Students will be given an opportunity to remediate part or all of their CA

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory class 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Practical class (part of CA in class) 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study Including for preparation for exams 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading Including for completion of continuous assessment tasks 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • SCSI 2013, Chartered Building Surveyors Professional Services, SCSI
  • RICS 2008, Building surveyor services, RICS
  • SCSI 2013, SCSI Professional conduct rules & procedures, SCSI
  • SCSI 2013, A guide to Management Companies in Multi Unit Developments (MUDs), SCSI
  • RICS 2010, Pratice management guidelines, 3rd Edition Ed., RICS [ISBN: 9781842196250]
  • Thomas Cooney & Shane Hill 2002, Thomas Cooney & Shane Hill, 1st Ed., Oak Tree Press [ISBN: 1860762557]
  • Ron Immink and Brian O’Kane 2001, Starting Your Own Business, 2nd Edition Ed., Oak Tree Press [ISBN: 186076224]
  • Ronald E. Dulek 1990, Principles of business communication, Macmillan [ISBN: 0023307501]
  • Paul Watson, David Gibson et al 2008, Surveying and Engineering: Principles and Practice, Blackwell Publishing [ISBN: 9781405159234]
  • RICS 2008, Surveyors acting as expert witnesses - A Guide, 3rd Edition Ed., RICS [ISBN: 9781842194]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EARCT_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Technology 8 Mandatory
DK_EBSUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Building Surveying 8 Mandatory
DK_ECMGT_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Management 8 Mandatory