Academic Year 2014/15





School of Architecture and Society



Degree Programme of:


Environmental Architecture
Laurea (Equivalent To Bachelor Of Science)


Milano, Piacenza Campus

1. General Information

School School of Architecture and Society
Code Reference Law1150
NameEnvironmental Architecture
Reference LawOrdinamento 270/04
Class of degreeL-17 - Architecture
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, Piacenza
Dean of the School Ilaria Pamela Simonetta Valente
Coordinator of the Study programme Carlotta Fontana
Website of the School http://www.arch.polimi.it
Website of the Study programme
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Student Office (Study programme) - Milano Leonardo
Reference office
Centro Orientamento Studenti Scuola di Architettura e Società
Address Via Ampère 2, 20133 Milano
Phone 02 2399 2622


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


Student Office (Study programme) - Piacenza
Reference office
POLO TERRITORIALE DI PIACENZA
Address Via Scalabrini 76, 29121 Piacenza
Phone 0523 35 6800
Contact http://www.polo-piacenza.polimi.it/


Central Student Office - Piacenza
Address VIA G. B. SCALABRINI, 76 (PC)

2. General presentation of the study programme

The aim of the Degree Programme is to provide graduates with a sound cultural and technical grounding that allows them to approach architectural design on different scales, giving priority to environmental quality and the sustainability of the processes of transformation of the built environment, with a complete awareness of social, economic and production needs. The skills acquired in the Degree Programme allow graduates to directly enter the world of the various design professions in the building industry. These skills also represent the necessary qualification for admission to the Master of Science Programmes that provide training of architects or architectural engineers in compliance with EU standards.

The Degree Programme offers courses at two University campuses, in Milan and Piacenza. While the programmes are the same at both campuses, they place a different focus on certain subject areas:

     In Milan, the main focus is on sustainability and technical and typological innovation in architecture with the aim of reducing consumption and promoting the sustainable use of environmental resources. This approach is applied on various scales – from single buildings to urban contexts – considering opportunities for both the renewal of the urban fabric and the upgrading and re-use of existing buildings. The study programme is supplemented with intensive workshops and educational trips.

     In Piacenza, the study programme focuses on themes related to the environment and public spaces, paying special attention to the design of architectural, urban and rural landscapes and offering methods, tools and strategies on different levels and scales of intervention: from local areas and the general environment, to the city and buildings. The study programme is supplemented with international initiatives (workshops, summer schools, educational trips etc.), which deepen the student’s knowledge of specific disciplinary themes.

http://www.archpolopiacenza.polimi.it


3. Learning objectives

The Degree Programme trains architects who are particularly oriented towards the sustainability of the processes of transformation of the built environment. They must have the necessary cultural background and skills to anticipate and assess the nature and extent of the environmental processes implemented within the scope of design activities and the impact that these processes have on the overall physical, social, cultural and economic conditions concerned. For thousands of years, mankind has built habitats, changing the landscape in many ways in an ongoing exchange between natural elements and those produced by human activity. The quality of the environment in which we live depends upon our ability to harmonise the forces and resources of the environment with the projects that change it. Design involves manipulating materials, spaces, shapes, heat and light to improve the habitat. Environmental architects must know how to use tools and methods to control and integrate environmental variables in relation to the typological, morphological, structural, technological and economic characteristics of the project, with the aim of rebuilding a positive and vital relationship between buildings, places, settled communities and their contexts.

With this in mind, the courses seek to provide students with:

  • basic knowledge of the ecological culture of the human habitat (energy, matter and information) and of the rapidly evolving national and international regulations on environmental sustainability;
  • knowledge of the analysis of the contexts and the morphological, typological and technological aspects of architectural design on various scales of the construction systems, building structures and urban spaces;
  • knowledge of the criteria and methods for evaluating the implications of projects in relation to economic factors, life cycles and the eco-sustainable properties of materials, products and systems;
  • knowledge of environmental control tools (heat, lighting, acoustics, etc.);
  • knowledge related to identifying and analysing the cultural, historic and social values of architecture and the built environment.

The aim of this theoretical and operating knowledge is to acquire the following design skills:

  • definition of the design problem in contextual terms: description and survey of the physical environment, needs analysis, the assessment of environmental risk and various constraints (environmental, regulatory, economic, etc.) and the building of transformation scenarios;
  • analysis and assessment of the impact of the design alternatives, with special focus on the environmental, economic and social sustainability of all of the processes used;

the development of projects that successfully combine technological and environmental innovation to satisfy the emerging demand for a sustainable habitat.


4. Organization of the study programme and further studies

4.1 Structure of the study programme and Qualifications

4.2 Further Studies

4.2 Access to 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 post-graduate specialisation courses.

Graduates in Environmental Architecture have several options for continuing their studies:

-             Master of Science  in Architecture at the School of Architecture and Society. Admission is granted no with supplementary course requirements in accordance with the rules established by the University and the School.

This degree offers a qualification that is consistent with European Union requirements;

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

- 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, with admission policies established by the facility offering the course.


5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

Graduates in Environmental Architecture work for public and private institutions, promotional and design companies and professional firms operating in the areas of design, construction and the transformation of urban and rural landscapes. Environmental Architecture graduates may register with professional associations – such as the Board reserved for junior architects – after passing the relevant state professional examination. For additional information, see the link on the University’s website (www.esamidistato.polimi.it).

5.2 Careers options and profiles

A degree in Environmental Architecture provides graduates with diverse professional opportunities within professional firms, architecture and engineering companies, businesses and government agencies. The roles performed include:

- collaborating on the design and management of construction projects, including public works;

- direct and instrumental surveys of contemporary and historic constructions;

- design and management of construction work on simple civil constructions and the maintenance and upgrading of buildings, using standardised methodologies.

Due to their specific approach to architectural projects, graduates in Environmental Architecture are particularly qualified to handle issues related to cultural, production and regulatory changes in Italy and Europe, where the sustainability of the built environment is gaining growing importance.

University Assessment Commission reports
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=1912


Surveys of University Assessment Commission
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4152

6. Enrolment

6.1 Access requirements

Italian secondary school leaving qualification or other comparable foreign qualification (level 4 EQF)


The activation of the B.Sc. Programme in Architecture in academic year 2014-2015, which brings together in a single Degree Programme (L-17) the four degree programmes in the same degree class currently offered at the Politecnico di Milano, involves the progressive deactivation of the Degree Programme in Environmental Architecture, 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 Environmental Architecture 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 concerning deadlines and available places are provided in the enrolment guide https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=539

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

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How to become a student at Politecnico di Milano
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2952

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.


Students enrolled in the second or third years may be admitted to the Degree Programme without taking a new entrance test under the following conditions:

-          students originating from a Degree Programme included in Degree Class L-17 without an entrance test if at least 60 credits have been recognised for Architectural Science courses completed;

-          students originating from a Degree Programme included in Degree Class L-17 WITH an entrance test if at least 60 credits have been recognised for Architectural Science courses completed;

-          students originating from a Degree Programme not included in Degree Class L-21 are required to take the entrance test

Transfer between campuses

As the first year of the degree programme has been discontinued, students are only permitted to transfer between the Milan and Mantua campuses in the second year if they have completed their 1st year study plan and acquired the necessary marks

 

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.

Guidance and Counselling Office website


Polinternational
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2152

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.

In particular, the minimum standard guaranteed by law for basic educational activities is 44 credits (Disciplines: Mathematics, Engineering physics and Plant Design, History of Architecture and Architectural and Environmental Representation). For specialised activities, the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 64 credits (Technological disciplines for architecture and construction, and Valuation disciplines for architecture and urban planning   Architectural and Urban Design, Theory and techniques for architectural restoration, structural analysis and design for architecture, and urban design and regional planning). For related activities, the minimum standard guaranteed by law is 18 credits; 16 credits are assigned to other activities and 12 credits for the internship and final exam.

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 are 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-17 Degree in Architecture (Law 270/2004).

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

-  44 credits for basic educational activities (Disciplines: Mathematics, Engineering physics and Plant Design, History of Architecture and Architectural and Environmental Representation).

- 64 credits for specialised activities (Architectural and Urban Design, Theories and Techniques of Architectural Restoration, Architectural Analysis and Structural Design, Urban design and rural planning, Technological disciplines for architecture and construction, and Valuation disciplines for architecture and urban planning);

- 18 credits for related activities;

- 16 credits for other activities;

- 12 credits for the internship and final exam.

7.2 Mode of study

The Degree Programme is a full-time course and 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 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.

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 

- 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

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 certain number of preferences (maximum of three) for Workshops. Various workshops are offered, 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: AMI - Architettura Ambientale MI


2 Year courses - Track: AMI - Architettura Ambientale MI


3 Year courses - Track: AMI - Architettura Ambientale MI


1 Year courses - Track: APC - Architettura Ambientale PC


2 Year courses - Track: APC - Architettura Ambientale PC


3 Year courses - Track: APC - Architettura Ambientale PC

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”

Information on English language skills


Language courses
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3032

7.5 Degree examination

Information regarding the Bachelor’s Degree examination process is available at:

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

 

Information concerning 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=2312


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=3112

8. Academic calendar

Academic calendar
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3192

9. Faculty

The names of lecturers and the relative courses will be available in  the B.Sc. programme bulletin from September each year.
The B.Sc. programme bulletin is 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 for  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

 

PIACENZA

Library

The Piacenza Campus library, located at Caserma della Neve and the Arata Campus, holds all of the texts adopted and recommended in the bibliographies of the courses offered as part of the degree programmes. The library’s continuously expanding collection includes approximately 3000 books, including scientific works by Italian and international authors on Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Economy, Transport, Logistics, Energy systems, Architecture, Urban Planning and Environmental Sustainability. It is also possible to consult the Politecnico's electronic periodicals and online databases at the workstations provided. In both locations, the library facilities consist of four adjoining rooms for reference, reading and studying.

The reference room provides desks for students’ use. The area is reserved for individual consultation and is equipped with two PCs to access the online catalogue.

The study room, which seats 35, is reserved for students and group study is permitted.

All students of the Politecnico di Milano and approved users may take out materials on loan.

Opening hours: For opening hours and consultation procedures, visit the Library's website.

Address: Via Scalabrini, 76 and 113 Piacenza

Telephone: +39 0523.356871

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 programme 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 information, visit Studesk 1 - Via Golgi 42,Milan.   

 


13. Quantitative data

The Didactic Observation Unit and the University Assessment Commission conduct a periodic analysis of the overall results and the quality of the Degree Programmes with the support of educational observers within the faculty, monitoring the learning activities and the employability of graduates. Reports are available for review on the Politecnico di Milano’s website.
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 on:
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=3592

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=3512


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 Architectural Science and Environmental Architecture, starting from Academic Year 2014-2015 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) by taking an online mathematics test, with a test with attendance in accordance with the schedule announced on the University’s website (http://www.polimi.it/studenti/avvisi/);

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

An online course will be made available to support the student’s preparation to fulfil the OFA requirement.

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/guide14.1.3

 

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 Second and third year students

Students who have not passed their first year exams in Academic Year 2013-2014 should be advised that, in Academic Year 2014-2015:

- the courses (single-subject and integrated courses) included in the first year study plan will remain valid and students will be able to register for the exam without retaking the course;

-  they will need to retake the Design 1 workshop, for which a dedicated section will be activated, in order to pass the exam.

In accordance with the previous Academic Regulations of the B.Sc. Programme, for all first year students enrolled as of Academic Year 2012-2013, the precedence of examinations listed in section 14.7 below remains valid.

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.

14.1.4.2 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.

14.1.4.3 Assignment of students to various course and workshop sections

Students will be assigned 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, these 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 2nd semester change plan.

Since workshops cannot be added to the 2nd semester change plan, students who think they may have available credits are advised to add 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 add additional courses to their study plans, chosen from the list of those offered by the Degree Programme in Environmental Architecture.

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 on 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 of the summer session.

 

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. Programme 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’.

 

 In accordance with the provisions of the Academic Regulations, for the B.Sc. Programme in Environmental Architecture, the following examination precedence requirements shall apply:

The following indications apply to the Degree Programme in Environmental Architecture:

- recording precedence:

- the examination for the course “Instituzioni di Matematiche” (1st year, 1st semester) must be recorded prior to the third year examinations;

- the examination for the course “Statica e principi di progettazione delle strutture” (2nd year, 1st semester) must be recorded before the course “Scienza delle costruzioni” (3rd year, 1st semester). When preparing their study plan, students will be allowed to add “Statica e principi di progettazione delle strutture” and “Scienza delle Costruzioni” to the same plan at the same time, however, the examination for the course “Statica e principi di progettazione delle strutture” must be recorded before the examination for “Scienza delle Costruzioni”;

- in Milan: the integrated course “Fondamenti di Tecnologia” (1st year, 2nd semester) must be recorded before the examination for “Laboratorio di Costruzione dell’architettura”(2nd year, 2nd semester) can be taken. When preparing their study plan, students will be allowed to add “Fondamenti di Tecnologia” and “Laboratorio di Costruzione dell’architettura” to the same plan, however, the examination for the course “Fondamenti di Tecnologia” must be recorded before the examination for “Laboratorio di Costruzione dell’architettura”.

- in Piacenza: the integrated course “Sistemi tecnici per l'architettura eco-compatibile” (1st year, 2nd semester) must be recorded before the examination for “Laboratorio di Costruzione dell’architettura” (2nd year, 2nd semester) can be taken. When preparing their study plan, students will be allowed to add the integrated course “Sistemi tecnici per l'architettura eco-compatibile” and “Laboratorio di Costruzione dell’architettura” to the same plan, however, the examination for the course “Sistemi tecnici per l'architettura eco-compatibile” must be recorded before the examination for “Laboratorio di Costruzione dell’architettura”.

-          recommended precedence:

The courses in the B.Sc. Programme are organised in a sequence that offers students a path for progressively acquiring the necessary skills and abilities. Since this progression is a 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 the 1st year exams and those in the first semester of the 2nd year before taking any 3rd year courses and workshops, subject to the precedence provisions established in the section below.

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 and 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 a mark;
  • 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 envisaged 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.

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 exam 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; the course or workshop will be cancelled from their study plan and students will not be allowed to include it 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 selected 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 the credits associated with the learning activity, students enrolled in the B.Sc. Programme in Environmental Architecture may choose from optional courses and workshops that the School of Architecture will activate from Academic Year 2013-2014. Regular students may choose up to 2 workshops (max 8 credits), while repeating students may choose one workshop (4 credits). In any case, when choosing between workshops and elective courses, students need to ensure that that their study plans meet the minimum standard required by current regulations for the different learning activities (see section 7.1).

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

 

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 at 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 announces 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

The B.Sc. in Environmental Architecture provides access to the “Laurea Magistrale” (Master of Science Degree Programme), the "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level Master of Science) and to postgraduate specialisation courses.

Students of the School of Architecture and Society that graduate within 4 years of first registering and who, as of 30 September of the 2nd year of registration, have met the required N/V parameter (credits/average marks taken from the study plan) may gain admission to the Master of Science Degree Programme in Architecture.

The required parameters, based on the student’s year of admission, are as follows:

-         First year students enrolled from the academic year 2003/04 up to the academic year 2009/10: N/V 104/25

-         First year students enrolled from the academic year 2010/11: N/V 104/27

Students who do not meet the required parameters will be selected based on the Admission Regulations that can be downloaded from the appropriate section of the School's website www.arch.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. Recognised 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 result.


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