Assessment of Prior Learning through Professional Experience in Construction
This process is designed to assess the level of professional experience that has been gained in construction and to establish if the learning outcomes outlined in modules CONS3007 or 3011 have been achieved through the work experience of the applicant. The process comprises two parts, namely;
The Professional Experience Report, and;
The Assessment Interview.
Professional Experience Report
Purpose of the Report
The purpose of the report is to enable the Applications Panel to assess the quality of the Applicant's experience and technical knowledge and the level of personal duties and responsibilities. It also provides an indication of the ability to communicate in writing.
Nature of the Report
The report should be objective and:
- cover concisely a minimum two year period preceding the date of application
- be no more than 1500 words in length
- provide evidence of the applicant's personal development and career progression
- identify and analyse the particular technological or managerial problems which the applicant has faced and describe briefly the personal contribution to their solution
- include examples, where applicable, of the range, type and cost of projects in which the applicant has been personally involved
- be endorsed by the applicant's supervisor to indicate that the contents of the report are factually correct.
Note:A CV confined to a list of tasks and responsibilities will not be acceptable.
Preceding the report, but not part of it, a chronological table must be provided giving details, with inclusive dates and appropriate qualifications, of the applicant's:
- general education
- vocational training - stating any qualifications and awards gained.
- employment history (date/employer/job title)
Note: The chronological table should not be included in the number of words allowed.
The report should be concerned with the experience that the applicant has received to date in a technical, supervisory, and administrative or management position in construction. It is important to highlight the contractual, cost and technical nature of projects with which you have been involved and the specific responsibilities that for that you have had in the period being assessed. Examples of particular technological and managerial problems faced, and the personal contribution made to solving them, should be given.
The report as a whole should flow, be well structured and interesting. Conclude with a paragraph on why progression through the DT117 BSc in Construction (Management) is important to you.
The report must be typewritten on A4 size paper and bound on the long side. Present in double line spacing on one side of the page only. Pages should be numbered centrally at the bottom. Margins should be 40mm on the left and at least 25mm on the right.
The title page of the report should be set out as follows:
Dublin Institute of Technology
DT117 B.Sc in Construction (Management)
Advanced Entry Application to Stage 4
Report on Professional Experience
The second page of the Report must contain the following wording and be endorsed by the applicant's supervisor.
I confirm that the contents of the report are factually correct.
Applicant's Name: ____________________________
Supervisor's Name: _________________________
The report must be presented before the 31st May in the year of application.
The applicant will be informed in writing of the acceptability of the report and, in due course, advised of the date, time and place of the assessment interview.
The Assessment Interview
Purpose of the Interview
To assess the applicant's professional experience, level of duties and responsibilities, especially during the two years immediately preceding the date of application.
In particular, the assessment interview will establish the applicant's ability to:
- Demonstrate a strong understanding of how the construction industry operates;
- Use theoretical knowledge to analyse and evaluate work-based problems;
- Demonstrate decision-making skills in the application of knowledge to real construction problems;
- Justify the actions taken in arriving at decisions in real work situations;
- Plan and organise his/her own work to meet deadlines imposed by a real work problem.
Nature of the Interview
The interview will be a formal discussion of about 30 minutes between the applicant and the interviewing panel usually comprising two members of the DIT lecturing staff. The discussion will be based upon the applicant's written report. The submission of examples of the applicant's work may be brought to the assessment interview if it is thought they will assist the panel. These items must be relevant and capable of inspection within the time available.
The applicant will be contacted by telephone, by the School of Surveying and Construction Management Office, with details of the venue, date and time of the Interview: written confirmation will follow.
Notification of result
The applicant will be notified of the result of the assessment at the end of the interview. Confirmation of a successful result will be attached to the applicant's application form and the application will proceed to the next stage of the applications process.
If the applicant has been unsuccessful, the applicant will be counselled by the panel and advised when to re-apply.
Confirmation of the unsuccessful outcome will be attached to the applicant's application form and the result will be confirmed by post.