Academic Year 2014/15





School of Architecture and Society



Degree Programme of:


Architecture and Building Construction
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)


Milano, Mantova Campus

1. General Information

School School of Architecture and Society
Code Reference Law1147
NameArchitecture and Building Construction
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeL-23 - Building Sciences
Degree level Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)
First year of activation 2008/2009
Official length of the programme 3
Years of the programme already activated 2,3
Official language(s) Italian
Campus Milano, Mantova
Dean of the School Ilaria Pamela Simonetta Valente
Coordinator of the Study programme Elena Germana Mussinelli
Website of the School http://www.arch.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
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Student Office (Study programme) - Milano
Reference office
Presidenza della Scuola di Architettura e Società
Address Via Ampère 2, 20133 Milano
Phone 02 2399 2602


Central Student Office - Milano
Address VIA C. GOLGI, 42 (MI)


Student Office (Study programme) - Mantova
Reference office
POLO TERRITORIALE DI MANTOVA
Address Piazza d'Arco 3, 46100 Mantova
Phone +390376317011
Contact http://www.polo-mantova.polimi.it/


Central Student Office - Mantova
Address P.ZZA D'ARCO, 3 (MN)

2. General presentation of the study programme

Within the framework of the educational activities offered by the School of Architecture and Society, this B.Sc. Programme offers a response to an emerging demand for skills in the areas of project management, facility management and quantity surveying.

The Programme aims to train specialists with skills that will open doors to a wide range of career opportunities in the construction industry, the business world, public administrations, professional organisations and property and real estate management services. This Degree Programme is classified as L23 “Building Sciences and Techniques”.

The Programme is offered on two Politecnico campuses – Milan and Mantua. While they both have a similarly structured B.Sc. programme bulletins, they also place specific emphasis on the socioeconomic and regional contexts of the area in which the courses are taught.

The Milan programme places emphasis on skills in production techniques and the management of projects, construction sites and built heritages. The main focus of the study programme in Mantua is urban renewal and building restoration.


3. Learning objectives

The Degree Programme aims to train specialists who are able to respond to the emerging needs of the world of design, building, the construction site and management. It has two main educational goals:

  • to provide students with basic knowledge (regarding both theory and application), with the aim of providing uniform and up-to-date training in various fields in which construction is carried out with a truly flexible response to the needs of the working world;
  • to provide students with specific knowledge to produce qualified professionals. Graduates in Architecture and Building Construction thoroughly analyse the historical, logical, formal, construction and technological aspects of architecture. They are able to take control of projects with an understanding of their relationships with the urban context; they are able to formulate and solve problems related to the technical, economic and production feasibility of construction projects using techniques and tools that can reduce the impact of the proposed solutions on the environment. Graduates offer support in the preliminary, definitive and executive design phase, including by using industrial components for buildings; and they are able to organise and supervise building sites, conducting surveys, managing the construction processes, preparing the relative cost estimates and providing technical and commercial support.

From a cultural and professional standpoint, the programme trains:

  •         professionals qualified to analyse and oversee the technical and economic aspects of the building construction process, beginning with the orders for construction and management of the works and with the ability to thoroughly analyse the technical and economic feasibility of new constructions and work on existing buildings, prepare cost estimates, work schedules and manage the projects;
  •         professionals that aid and support the client and the designer, with the ability to work on analytical, assessment and control processes, also in reference to safety issues during both the planning and construction phases;

The Programme includes a compulsory internship, to be completed before Graduation. In fact, the Programme particularly values knowledge and practical experience of the architectural construction process in order to facilitate career choices through a direct knowledge of the working world. The Degree Programme has ties with construction companies in the building industry through various levels of business and trade partnerships. In both Mantua and Milan, since the programme began, important connections have been made in the industry, resulting in internships and career opportunities in the professional world. The Degree Programme in Architecture and Building Construction, offered in Mantua since 1994, also operates in collaboration with the University of Mantua Foundation.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

4.2 Further Studies

The Bachelor of Science degree grants access to the "Laurea Magistrale" (Master of Science Degree), the "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level Master of Science Degree) and to postgraduate specialisation courses.

Graduates in Architecture and Building Construction have several options for continuing their studies:

-             Master of Science in Architecture, taught at the University or elsewhere. Admission is subject to policies of the respective schools and the fulfilment of any supplementary course requirements.

- Master of Science courses in engineering studies, taught at the University or elsewhere. Admission is subject to policies of the respective schools and the fulfilment of any supplementary course requirements. The Master of Science Degree in Construction Management is another potential option for the continuation of studies: while admission to this programme is subject to the policies of the relevant school (School of Construction Engineering/Architecture) it does not entail any supplementary course requirements;

- First level Master of Science Degree, taught at the University or elsewhere, on subjects of specific interest, with admission policies established by the facility offering the course;

- Postgraduate Specialisation Courses, taught at the University or elsewhere, on subjects of specific interest, with admission policies established by the facility offering the course.


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

This professional figure is trained to offer support in the fields of design, prevention, construction site management, building production, construction and urban maintenance and product marketing as well as inspection and technical and economic and control activities. The study programme, in addition to other activities chosen by the student, explores the subject areas provided in Annex V of Italian Legislative Decree 494/96, allowing students to earn the title of "Safety Coordinator".

After passing the State Exam, graduates may practice the following regulated professions (Decree no. 328 of the President of the Republic of 5 June 2001): junior architect, graduate surveyor, junior civil and environmental engineer, and graduate industrial expert.

For additional information, please visit the link listed on the University’s website (www.esamidistato.polimi.it)

5.2 Careers options and profiles

Graduates from this programme possess the skills they need to find employment with entities, public and private companies, professional firms and architecture and engineering companies, industries in the sector and building contractors, companies or public bodies engaged in construction and enhancing and managing properties. They may also work in their own private practice and as consultants. Additional career opportunities involve placement in technical positions with businesses and industries that develop, supply and distribute materials, products and components for the construction sector.

In particular, graduates possess technical skills that will offer them a wide array of opportunities for entering the labour market. In fact, these abilities correspond to professional skills already consolidated in the European context, also in relation to the roles recently defined for design and execution of public works.

The reference labour market consists of professional structures involved in design, construction management and those that offer services: from contractors (new buildings, maintenance, recovery and restoration) and companies that produce goods and services for the construction industry, to public administrations. These professionals will be qualified to comprehend and manage the complexities of the construction process and its primary technical and economic aspects, from the contract phase to the actual construction and management of the project. Graduates will also be qualified to elaborate on aspects concerning the technical and economic feasibility of both new and pre-existing constructions, preparing cost estimates at various stages of the project development process, and planning and managing the construction process throughout its various phases. Reference is made to professionals qualified to organise, monitor and manage the administrative, economic, technical and organisational direction of building processes of various types of complex constructions (new projects or the preservation/ transformation of existing buildings). At the same time, they are also complementary figures that offer support to designers, qualified to work on analytical, assessment, planning and control activities. During both the initial and final design phase, they are also able to report on the variables and make technical and economic evaluations relating to the various risk categories connected to the construction and its use (health, safety, environment, costs, etc.).

Additional skills are related to their ability to take an in-depth look at the technical, economic and organisational issues related to the industrial production of components for the construction industry, with particular attention to learning about and experimenting with the latest advances in products and processes. This refers to the ability to integrate skills which, although starting from the central theme of the development and marketing of components and subsystems in an industrial production context (production engineering), allows interaction and interfacing with the fields of architectural design and construction. Therefore, graduates can find jobs in the fields of industrial production and advanced process control, offering support to designers, managers and construction companies in their interactions with suppliers of components and subsystems, enhancing the proactive role of the latter.

University Assessment Commission reports
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=1910


Surveys of University Assessment Commission
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4150

6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

The activation of the B.Sc. Programme in Building Engineering and Technology for Architecture in academic year 2014-2015, which brings together in a single Degree Programme (L-23) the degree programmes in the same degree class currently offered at the Politecnico di Milano, involves the progressive deactivation of the Degree Programme in Architecture and Building Construction, which will end with the graduation of the current cycle in academic year 2015-2016.

Therefore, in academic year 2014-2015, new students will not be accepted for the B.Sc. Programme in Architecture and Building Construction and only the courses of the second and third years will be activated, as well as some tuition pro tempore required to enable repeating students to complete the courses included in the B.Sc. programme bulletin of the degree programme that was active at the time of their enrolment.

6.2 Requested knowledge

Detailed information on the entrance test, admissions and enrolment is available on the Orientation webpage

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=1990

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2950

6.4 Tutoring and students support

Student orientation and tutoring programmes are offered in the first and second semesters.

The dates of the meetings will be posted on the university website (www.arch.polimi.it) and will take place during the programme presentation.

 6.5 Transfer from one Programme to another

Students enrolled in the first year are not permitted to transfer internally to another study programme offered by the Politecnico in the same year of enrolment.

 The Faculty Council of 27 June 2012 has approved the admission of students after the first year without a new entrance test, under the following conditions:

  • the candidate must originate from the same Degree Programme for which admission is requested;
  • at least 60 credits must be recognised from previous studies;

in order to comply with the planned number of students accepted by the School, the number of transfer students cannot exceed 10% of the students enrolled in each Degree Programme.

To recognise the credits earned, the student’s previous career will be individually assessed by the Degree Programme and approved by the School.

 6.6 Change of degree system

 Students studying for degrees under the old educational system which are still valid (Regulation 509/99 and earlier) may apply to transfer to the new educational system via the website www.polimi.it -  Online services.



Polinternational
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2150

7. Contents of the study Program

7.1 Programme requirements

The final degree (Bachelor of Science) is awarded to graduates who have earned a total amount of 180 credits throughout the degree programme. Academic credits measure the academic work (including individual study) required of students to acquire the knowledge and skills envisaged by their B.Sc. Programmes. For all Degree Programmes at the School of Architecture and Society, one university credit corresponds to a total of 25 hours of work. The average volume of learning work performed in one year by a full-time university student is set conventionally at 60 credits. Individual study or other educational activities of an individual kind must account for at least half of each student's total annual commitment in hours. The credits related to each educational activity are earned by students by obtaining positive assessments of progress (examination, certification of activities performed). For each semester, students may choose Study Programmes with a number of credits that differ from those specified in the degree programme bulletin in order to tailor the progress of their studies to suit their individual needs. However, the total number of credits required to earn a degree will be 180. During the study programme, the contribution required is related to the number of credits entered each time on the student’s study plan. The minimum number of credits for which students can enrol is 30, unless they require a lower number of credits to complete their programme. In accordance with the precedence rules stated in the regulations, the maximum number of credits for which students can enrol in one year is 80.

The registration of credits must comply with the sequence of modules envisaged by the B.Sc. Programme Bulletin and the precedence rules indicated in section 14.7 below.

All of the elements in the study plan (including the internship and final exam) are considered when calculating tuition fees.

Tuition fees will be calculated based on the provisions of the Regulations (link: http://www.polimi.it/studenti/guide/). The 180 credits that make up this Degree Programme are listed in section 7.3. below and respect the minimum standard guaranteed by law for the basic educational activities of an L-23 Degree in Building sciences and techniques (Law 270/2004).

The minimum standard guaranteed by law for the various educational activities is as follows:

-  36 credits for basic educational activities (Disciplines: Mathematics, Computing, History, Architectural and Environmental Representation).

- 78 credits for specialised activities (Technology of Architecture, Architectural and Urban Design, Architectural Restoration Theories and Techniques, Analysis and Structural Design for Architecture, Urban Planning, Assessment Studies and Architectural and Urban Planning Law, Technical Physics and Plant Engineering, Economic and Topographic Studies );

- 32 credits for related activities;

- 18 credits for other activities;

- 16 credits for the internship and final exam.

7.2 Mode of study

The B.Sc. Programme includes participation in educational activities consisting of lectures and tutorials (single-subject and integrated courses), workshop activities, seminars and educational visits.

Workshops

Attendance at Workshops and Thematic Workshops is compulsory for all Degree Programmes. The attendance certificate, required in order to be admitted to the final exam, must be prepared by the lecturer in charge of the workshop. Any other compulsory attendance required for the programme will be established in accordance with the school's regulations. Such requirements are published on the school's website (www.arch.polimi.it) and communicated to students by the relative lecturers at the start of the course. The uniformity of the attendance rules for all sections of the same module is guaranteed. The lecturer teaching the course is responsible for ascertaining attendance based on criteria consistent with the organisation of the course, which will be notified to students when the course begins. These requirements may involve classroom attendance and active participation by students.

Single-subject or integrated courses

For these courses that do not require mandatory attendance, exam procedures reserved for non-attendees will be posted on the lecturer’s page and communicated at the start of the course.

The academic year is divided into two semesters, each consisting of a teaching session and multiple examination sessions. The calendar is divided up as follows:

 

1st Semester

- 06/10/2014 beginning of 1st Semester lessons from the 2nd year

- 26/01/2015 - 30/01/2015 week dedicated to: individual study, more detailed teaching, workshops etc. using consistent methods for each Degree Programme

- 23/01/2015 end of 1st Semester

- 02/02/2015 - 27/02/2015 examination session

 

 2nd Semester

- 09/03/2015 beginning of 2nd Semester lessons

- 22/06/2015 – 26/06/2015 week dedicated to: individual study, more detailed teaching, workshops etc. using consistent methods for each Degree Programme

- 19/06/2015 end of 2nd Semester

- 29/06/2015 - 31/07/2015 examination session

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

7.3.1 Study Plans Approved in Advance

The term “previously approved study plans”, used in the web applications refers to the approval of the manner in which the teaching is organised within the sections; it does not mean that the choices made by students when compiling their Study Plans are approved in advance.

When completing their study plans, each student must state a preference for the various third year workshops, which are led by different lecturers. Since the number of students applying for a workshop may exceed the total number of available places, assignment of places will be based on merit, as illustrated in section 14.6 below.


1 Year courses - Track: EMI - Architettura e Produzione Edilizia MI


2 Year courses - Track: EMI - Architettura e Produzione Edilizia MI


3 Year courses - Track: EMI - Architettura e Produzione Edilizia MI


1 Year courses - Track: EMN - Architettura e Produzione Edilizia MN


2 Year courses - Track: EMN - Architettura e Produzione Edilizia MN


3 Year courses - Track: EMN - Architettura e Produzione Edilizia MN


3rd year will be activated from A. A. 2013/2014

7.4 Foreign language

Knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite for admission to the University.

Different levels of proficiency may be required depending on the type of course (if taught in Italian or English). For further information, see the “Guide to the English Language”


Language courses
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3030

7.5 Degree examination

Information regarding the Bachelor of Science Degree examination process is available at:

http://www.arch.polimi.it/didattica/laurea/regolamenti_laurea.php?id_nav=8838

Information on the general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and the submission of theses is available at:

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2310


Information concerning general rules and regulations, session calendars, registration and consignment of theses is available at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3110

8. Academic calendar

Academic calendar
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3190

9. Faculty

 

The names of lecturers and the relative courses are listed in the degree programme bulletin published annually on the Politecnico di Milano website.


10. Infrastructures and laboratories

MILAN

Modelling Workshop

The Model and Prototype Workshop is for use by students of the Schools of Architecture and Society and Construction/Architectural Engineering at the Leonardo Campus. The workshop is equipped for building models using traditional and digital technologies. Before students may access the workshop, they must attend a safety meeting focused on occupational safety (Legislative Decree 626/94) and reserve a place in advance.

Address: Leonardo Campus, via Bonardi 3 - “ex sottomarino”

Opening hours: The workshop is open from Monday to Friday from 10.15 am to 5.30 pm.

Capacity: 40

Library

The Central Architecture Library contains approximately 60,000 Italian and international scientific works, mainly dedicated to architecture, art, urban planning, design, interior design, landscape, restoration and museology. One section in particular is devoted to works on the city of Milan. All texts used and recommended for B.Sc. Programme courses at the Schools of Architecture and Design are available at the library. In the reference section, it is possible to consult general and specialised encyclopaedias, as well as annuals and codes on the subjects of urban planning and construction. Approximately 1000 journals are also available, 400 of which are currently under subscription. Summaries of periodicals related to architecture and art, as well as a large collection of publications focusing on the same subjects are available for consultation on CD ROM. The library has a collection of dissertations (research doctorates) coordinated by the Departments of Architecture. Opening hours:  For opening hours and consultation procedures, visit the Library's website. Address: Via Bonardi, 3 – 20133 Milan Telephone: +39 02.2399.2684

Website: www.biblio.polimi.it

 

MANTUA

Cartography Service

This service allows students to consult of historical maps, land registry maps for the city and province of Mantua, urban plans, thematic maps of Lombardy and IGM Tables 

Address: Via Scarsellini, 15 (MN) Telephone: +39.0376.317017

 

Modelling Workshop

The workshop allows students to use machine tools such as milling and sanding machines, drills, jig saws and various manual tools for model making. Access to the modelling workshop and use of the tools in it is subject authorisation by the relevant lecturer. Application forms for authorisation can be collected from the Security Office at the following times: Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 1:30 pm. When the application form is handed in, the hours for access to the workshop will be booked. Address: Via Scarsellini, 15 (MN) Workshop hours:  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00 am to 1.00  pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Telephone: +39 0376.317020

 

Mantua Campus Library

The Library at the Mantua Campus belongs to the University Library System and therefore refers to the Service Charter. The facility is equipped with computer stations for browsing the internet, consulting the catalogue and the University’s digital resources and degree theses in electronic format. Wi-Fi coverage is provided for Politecnico di Milano users and, based on an agreement stipulated between the Greater Mantua Library System, the University of Mantua Foundation and the Politecnico di Milano Campus, interlibrary loans from the Province of Mantua Library System are organised locally by the travelling library. Students enrolled in Degree programmes taught at the Mantua Campus may apply directly to the staff of the Mantua Campus library to borrow books owned by libraries in the Province.

For opening hours and consultation procedures, visit the Library's website. Address: Via Scarsellini, 15 (MN) Telephone: +39 0376.317024 Website: www.biblio.polimi.it


11. International context

The Politecnico is currently conducting a series of comparative analyses with major international universities. Reports and studies will soon be available on the Politecnico di Milano website, in the B.Sc. Programme Bulletin section.


12. Internationalization

12.1 Study abroad programme (Erasmus)

All students intending to take part in an international exchange program are invited to visit their relevant Studesk during the month of January to receive information on study abroad opportunities. The Studesk provides students with information on available places suited to their degree programme, necessary requirements, application procedures, deadlines and selection criteria. Students may also consult the information material on partner universities.

For further information:

-    at the Milan Campus, visit Studesk 1 - Via Golgi 42,Milan        

-    at the Mantua Campus, visit Studesk 7 - Via Scarsellini 15, Mantua

        




13. Quantitative data

The University Assessment Commission conducts a periodic analysis of the overall results and the quality of the Degree Programmes, monitoring the learning activities and the employability of graduates. Reports are available for review at the following link:

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3590

and on the pages of the University’s website describing the University Assessment Commission’s activities:
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3510


14. Further information

14.1 Compulsory Additional Modules  - OFA

In light of the changes resulting from the discontinuance of the first year of the degree programme in Architecture and Building Construction, students enrolled in the degree programme up until Academic Year 2013-2014 who have not passed the Mathematics and/or English OFA at the time of submission of their study plan for academic year 2014-15 will, on a transitional basis for one year, have the chance to formulate their study plan in the second year subject to the understanding that they may not sit the exams until the previously identified OFAs have been passed.

 

14.1.1 Mathematics OFA

With regard to the Mathematics OFA – these compulsory additional modules must be passed by the end of Academic Year 2014-2015

There are two alternative methods for satisfying the requirements:

1) at least 70% of students are required to attend the remedial courses organised by the University. See the academic calendar and related notices for the beginning of the Mathematics OFA course. At the end of the remedial courses, students must take an assessment test (TOM)

2) by passing the final exam of the Mathematics course during the examination sessions scheduled in the Academic Calendar 2014-2015.

14.1.2 English OFA (TENG)

As of the 2008/2009 Academic Year, the University has established a minimum level of English proficiency that must be met in order to be admitted to the degree courses. If this prerequisite is not met, the student will be assigned an English OFA (Compulsory Additional Module) which includes limitations for the continuation of their university career. In order to take the Compulsory Additional Module for English, see the guides posted on the University website – link: http://www.polimi.it/guide

14.1.3 Deadlines for submitting plans after meeting OFA requirements

The Student Orientation Office assigns students who have met their OFA requirements to workshops or other equivalent courses based on merit and the number of places available. The deadlines for submitting hard copy Study Plans for students (with the exception of first-year students) who have met the OFA requirements for both mathematics and English, are:

  • no later than 14/11/2014 for the submission of the annual plan
  • no later than 06/03/2015 for the submission of 2nd semester plans only.

Students will not be allowed to submit Plans after the above dates, to allow lessons to be held normally and to prevent any changes in the balance between workshop sections allocated according to merit. Students are not allowed to attend workshops or courses that are not included in their study plans. In no case may assessments related to activities not included in study plans or attended at times not allocated in the sections be recognised or confirmed.

 

14.1.4 Submission of study plans

Each student is responsible for submitting an individual study plan. The School considers the plan to be a reference document for all intents and purposes. Its contents also attest to the conformity of the choices made by the student with the standards set by legal regulations and the provisions of the Rules of the B.Sc. Programme.

N.B.: Students are strongly encouraged to save and print the study plan submitted.

Requests for changes to study plans will not be accepted. The submission of the study plan is final and must be completed in accordance with the deadlines and procedures established in these Regulations.

 

14.1.4.1 First year

Students who have not passed their first year exams in Academic Year 2013-2014 should be advised that the courses included in the 1st year study plan will remain valid, however it will be necessary to re-enrol for the Workshops (Technological Architecture Design Workshop and Design and Representation of Architecture Workshop).

14.1.4.2 Subsequent years

Students enrolled in subsequent years must enter their study plans by the deadline stated on the Academic Calendar. Students that fail to do so will be assigned a study plan by the University (up to a maximum of 60 credits) which will include any courses that must be repeated, and will be enrolled in workshops for the 2nd and 3rd year with places allocated depending on availability.

14.1.4.3 Late fees

By resolution of the Board of Directors, a late fee of 100.00 Euros will apply for failure to submit a study plan by the due date stated in the Academic Calendar. The penalty will be applied to the second instalment of tuition fees.

14.1.4.4 Assignment of students to various course and workshop sections

Students will be assigned to various single-subject and integrated course sections in alphabetical order determined by the University. Workshops and courses chosen by students based on preference will be assigned using merit-based criteria (see section 14.6 “Assignment Criteria” below). Once established, assignments cannot be changed.

14.2 Changes to Study Plans

From 27/02/2015 to 05/03/2015 changes may be made to study plans using the Poliself stations. Changes may be made only to the courses offered in the second semester as follows:

  • change optional courses;
  • add single subject or integrated courses, sub-divided alphabetically
  • remove single subject or integrated courses, sub-divided alphabetically

It will not be possible to remove, add or modify Workshop sections.

14.3 “Available” Credits

Exams related to 2nd  semester courses that have been added to the plan again and passed in the February exam session during the last session for the previous academic year, will make credits “available” for inclusion in the change plan for the 2nd semester.

Since workshops cannot be entered on the 2nd semester change plan, students who think they may have available credits are advised to enter the workshops when submitting their plans in September, postponing the inclusion of single-subject or integrated courses until the 2nd semester change plan.

14.4 Additional courses

Students may enter additional courses to their study plans, chosen from the list of those offered by the Degree Programme in Architecture and Building Construction.

These courses are not included in the calculation of valid credits and are not taken into account when calculating the average score for admission to the final exam and for graduation.

The total number of valid and additional credits for each academic year must not exceed 80.

The addition of courses to the study plan is subject to compliance with the precedence restrictions.

Students are not permitted to add additional courses offered by the Master of Science Degree Programme in Architecture.

14.5 Individual courses

The University permits students to attend individual courses subject to payment of the enrolment fee for the course. Only non-Politecnico students may enrol in individual courses. Enrolment in individual courses is subject to the availability of places in the course itself. Admission to courses gives the right to attend lessons, take exams at the sessions envisaged during the academic year and obtain certification of the score of the exams passed and the corresponding credits earned. Enrolment for individual courses may be requested for a maximum of 30 credits per year for those who wish to extend their studies. Interested candidates should submit the enrolment application form and the payment form (available at www.polimi.it/modulistica during the appropriate period) to the Registrar’s Office.

The list of available courses will be published on the school’s website www.arch.polimi.it.

For the rules regarding the contribution of credits for individual courses towards the total credits required for a degree at the Politecnico, visit the following link:

http://www. polimi.it/studenti/guide

14.6 Criteria for assigning students to sections, optional courses and workshops

The preferences indicated by students with regard to sections and workshops will be allocated according to the following criteria:

 

First year

Result of the entrance test

Subsequent years

Sorting by decreasing parameter G values

        n

G=∑  Vi •Ci

       i=l

where Vi equals the marks obtained for the i-th exam, Ci is the number of credits corresponding to the i-th exam and n is the number of exams taken

 

A score of 30/30 with honours will be calculated as equal to 33/30. The available places will be assigned according to a merit classification based on the student’s first stated preference. Students that still have not been assigned places after the first evaluation will be included in a second evaluation using the same method based on the number of places still available for the workshops. To avoid any possibility that delays in registration or recognition of the exams taken may penalise students, parameter G will be calculated on the student’s academic career as at the summer session. First-year students in the second phase of enrolment will be assigned to workshops based on availability, not on merit.

 

14.6.1 Erasmus

Marks earned by students returning from the Erasmus programme will not be accepted for courses other than those previously approved in the student’s study programme.

14.7 Precedence of courses and conditions for progression to the next stage of the B.Sc. programme based on successful completion of examinations

In addition to the progression of studies listed in the B.Sc. Program Bulletin, the B.Sc. Programmes may apply the following types of precedence approved by the Academic Senate:

Recommended Order

 

 

Does not define any formal restriction. Its purpose is to provide useful information to students regarding course sequence but has no influence on the study plan or the recording procedure.

 

Study plan Order

 

 

Defines a restriction that must be observed when choosing courses for entry in study plans. Course B may not be entered in the study plan unless course A is also entered (even if it has not been completed). It has no influence on the recording procedure.

 

Recording Order

 

Defines a restriction that must be observed both when choosing the courses for inclusion in the study plan and when ‘positive’ results (passed courses) are recorded. Course B cannot be recorded as ‘passed’ unless course A has also recorded as ‘passed’.

 

 

The following instructions have been provided for the Degree Programme in Architecture and Building Construction:

- recommended precedence: the courses in the Degree Programme are organised in a sequence that offers students a path for progressively acquiring the necessary skills and abilities. Since this progression is the condition for obtaining the best education, students are strongly discouraged from participating in Workshops before they have taken the single-subject and integrated courses that provide the basic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain the most out of the study programme. Students are also strongly encouraged to take all 1st  year exams and those in the first semester of the 2nd year before taking any 3rd year courses.

 

14.8 Attendance requirements and certification methods

The B.Sc. Programme includes participation in educational activities consisting of lectures and tutorials (single-subject and integrated courses), workshop activities, seminars, educational visits.

Workshops

Attendance at Workshops, including Thematic Workshops, is compulsory for all Degree Programmes. The compulsory attendance must be at least 70% The attendance certificate, required in order to sit the final exam, must be prepared by the lecturer in charge of the workshop. Any other compulsory attendance required for the programme is established in accordance with the school's regulations. Such requirements will be posted on the school's website (www.arch.polimi.it) and communicated to students by the relative lecturers at the start of the course. The uniformity of attendance rules for all sections of the same module is guaranteed. The lecturer teaching the course is responsible for ascertaining attendance based on criteria consistent with the organisation of the course, which will be notified to students when the course begins. These requirements may involve classroom attendance and active participation by students.

Single-subject or integrated courses

These courses do not require student attendance and exam procedures reserved for non-attendees will be posted on the lecturer’s page and communicated at the start of the course.

 

14.9 Assessment of learning

Suitable forms of coordination are used to guarantee the uniformity of the learning assessment methods and their scheduling between all sections of the same course, according to the directives of the Degree Programmes. The main rules in this regard are as follows:

  • lecturers may schedule interim tests. Such tests may be used as an assessment method or they may contribute to the final assessment. Such methods will be posted on the school's website and notified to students by the relative teaching staff once the courses begin. In any case, students that fail or do not take interim tests will not be prevented from taking subsequent exams in the three examination sessions.
  • in workshops for which attendance is compulsory, interim tests will be considered an additional contribution to the final assessment and will consist of an assessment of the progress of the design activity. Students that fail to meet the attendance requirements will not be admitted to the examination sessions and will have to repeat the workshop.

Students are always required to enrol for the exam sessions. Students are not allowed to take examinations for courses or workshops for which they have not been properly registered. Based on their learning assessments, students may:

  • pass the course, with the assignment of marks;
  • be required to resit the exam, with a subsequent assessment;
  • be required to repeat, if they have not met the Programme requirements or passed the exam by the third examination session; in this case attendance of the module is no longer valid and to continue their studies students must attend the module again.

Three exam sessions are planned for each module (courses and workshops). Each exam session will be held on at least two dates, both at the student’s disposition.

Final year students must take the exam on the first date to allow enough time for graduation registration procedures to be completed within the planned deadline.

14.10 Self-certification of passing of examinations

If, when submitting a study plan, an exam has already been taken (for which the marks are already known) but has not yet been recorded in the student’s career record, the student may issue a self-certification stating that the exam has been passed.

N.B. In order for the examination result to be deemed valid, the student must be officially enrolled in the course or workshop and registered for the relevant examination session. Students are not permitted to self-certify courses for which the exam has not yet been taken when compiling their study plans. Students who provide false statements will be prevented from registering for the exam session for which the self-certification was made and will not be allowed to include the course or workshop on their study plan until the next academic year.

 

14.11 Conclusion of the study programme and Graduation

In order to obtain their Degree, students must earn credits for the courses listed in the B.Sc. Programme Bulletin and fulfil the requirements of the Degree Programme, including:

• activities chosen by the students;

• internships;

• final examination (see section 7.5).

 

14.11.1 Activities chosen by the student

These activities may be chosen from those offered as part of, or outside, the B.Sc. Programme. The former are considered to be automatically approved. Any other choices must be authorised in advance by the school which, once their relevance and consistency has been assessed, will assign a number of credits for each specific case. In order for students to earn credits for other activities chosen by them, a certain number of optional courses are offered for each Degree Programme. Students are allowed to substitute optional courses with the workshops offered by the School of Architecture and Society for up to 8 credits and only if the student’s study plan meets the minimum requirements established by current regulations.

N.B. Before selecting optional courses, students must confirm that there are no scheduling conflicts with other activities on their plan.

14.11.1 Workshops

As of the 2013/2014 academic year, students may add 1 course identified as a workshop.

All regularly enrolled students can add up to 2 workshops for a maximum of 8 credits.

Repeating students are only allowed to add one workshop for 4 credits.

 

14.11.2 Internships

The School cooperates with professional associations, public administrations, regional bodies and businesses to organise outside internships in order to provide students with an opportunity to earn the credits required by the regulation. The rules for the length of the internship will be defined by the Degree Programmes, according to the School's regulations. Further information is available from the Internship Office of the School of Architecture and Society and in the appropriate section of the school's website: www.arch.polimi.it

The University also organises grants for Erasmus internships abroad. For more information, visit:

https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2469

 

14.12 Access to the Master of Science Degree Programmes

 

Admission regulations for the Master of Science Degree Programme in Architecture can be downloaded from the special section of School of Architecture and Society website www.arch.polimi.it.

Admission regulations for the Master of Science Degree Programme in Construction Management can be downloaded from the special section of School of Construction Engineering/Architecture website www.ingeda.polimi.it.

 

14.12.1 Knowledge of English

 

As of the 2006/2007 academic year, knowledge of English is a prerequisite for admission to the Master of Science Degree Programme. Admissible certifications can be downloaded from the website https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2229

N.B. - Important change

English Proficiency Certificates must be submitted by the application submission deadline:

  • 08/09/2014 for admission in October
  • 02/02/2015 for admission in March

 

Students are advised to obtain certification well enough in advance since sessions are never held more than once a month and at least 20 days are required to obtain the results.


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