Academic Year 2015/16





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 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 Programme's goal is to provide graduates with a solid cultural and technical grounding, enabling them to deal with architectural design on different scales, with the primary objective of ensuring the environmental quality and sustainability of the processes for transforming the built environment, fully aware of the area's social, economic and production needs. The skills acquired with the Programme directly address the various design professions relating to the construction industry; these skills are also a prerequisite for accessing the Laurea Magistrale programmes (equivalent to Masters of Science) aimed at training architects and architectural engineers, in accordance with European directives.

The Programme offers two training paths at the Politecnico Milan and Piacenza sites. The training programme is the same in both cases, and is only set apart by the specific focus on certain contents.

In Milan, the issue of sustainability and technical/typological innovation in architecture, aimed at reducing consumption and at the sustainable use of natural resources, is addressed on different scales - from single buildings to an entire urban context - with regard both to renewing the local construction fabric and to redeveloping or reusing the existing built environment. The training is supplemented by intensive workshops and study trips.

In Piacenza, training is geared towards the environment and public spaces, with particular attention to designing architectural, urban and regional landscapes, proposing methods, tools and strategies at different levels and on different scales of intervention: from the extended territory and environment, to the city and individual buildings. The training is supplemented by international initiatives (workshops, summer schools, study trips) aimed at studying specific themes in greater depth.

http://www.archpolopiacenza.polimi.it


3. Learning objectives

The Programme aims to train architects who are particularly oriented towards sustainability in built environment transformation processes. This figure must have the necessary culture and expertise to anticipate and assess the nature and extent of the project processes involving the environment and the resulting impacts on its physical, social, cultural and economic conditions. Over thousands of years, mankind has built its habitat by modelling the territory in a continuous juxtaposition of natural and man-made elements. The quality of our surroundings depends on our ability to balance the environment's strengths and resources with our transformation projects. Designing means manipulating materials, spaces, forms, heat and light as a function of habitat improvement. 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 aspects of a project, with the aim of recreating a positive and vital relationship between buildings, places, communities and settlements.

In this framework, the courses involve:

  • basic knowledge of the ecological culture of the human habitat (energy, material, information) and of international and national legislation, which is rapidly evolving in terms of environmental sustainability issues;
  • knowledge regarding the analysis of contexts and the morphological, typological and technological aspects of architectural design on different scales: construction systems, building structures and urban space;
  • knowledge of the criteria and methods for assessing the implications of architectural designs in relation to economic factors and the life cycle and eco-sustainable character of materials, manufactured goods and systems;
  • knowledge of environmental control instruments (temperature, light, sound);
  • knowledge of how to recognise and analyse the cultural, historical and social values of architecture and the built environment.

 

The Programme's theoretical and applied elements aim to provide the following project skills:

  • setting the design project in relation to the local context: description and survey of the physical environment, needs analysis, assessment of environmental risks and constraints (environmental, regulatory, economic), construction of transformation scenarios;
  • analysis and evaluation of the impact of design alternatives, with a special focus on the environmental, economic and social sustainability of all processes;
  • development of projects that integrate technological and environmental innovation as a function of the habitat's emerging demand for sustainability.

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

Qualification provides access to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science), to the first-level Specializing Master and to Post-graduate programmes.

In terms of further studies, graduates in Environmental Architecture can choose among the following:

-         Laurea Magistrale programme in Architecture of the School of Architecture and Society; admission without educational obligations; access subject to the Politecnico's and the School's current Regulations; 

Acquisition of this degree provides a title consistent with the requirements imposed by the European Union;

-         Laurea Magistrale programmes of the Politecnico or other Universities on subjects of specific interest; access regulated by the facility providing the programme;  

-         First-level Master of the Politecnico or other Universities on subjects of specific interest; access regulated by the facility providing the programme;

-         Post-graduate programmes of the Politecnico or other Universities on subjects of specific interest; access regulated by the facility providing the programme;

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5. Professional opportunities and work market

5.1 Professional status of the degree

Environmental Architecture graduates will have career opportunities in institutions, public and private companies, promotion and design companies, and professional firms operating in the fields of design, construction and transformation of the city and the territory. Graduates in Environmental Architectural may register in professional associations, in particular the association of Junior Architects, subject to passing the state professional examination. For further information, please refer to www.esamidistato.polimi.it.

5.2 Careers options and profiles

Environmental Architecture graduates will have diverse career opportunities in professional firms, architectural and engineering companies, enterprises and public bodies, with the following tasks:

- collaborate in design and management activities with regard to construction works, including public works;

- direct and instrumental interventions on contemporary and historical constructions;

- design and supervision of works related to simple civil constructions and the maintenance and upgrading of the built environment, applying standardised methodologies.

Environmental Architecture graduates, through their unique approach to projects, are especially prepared to deal with the ongoing cultural, productive and regulatory changes at European and Italian level, which attach increasing importance to sustainability issues and policies with regard to the built environment.


Reports of the Assessment Commission
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=4050


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 in academic year 2014-2015 of the Programme in Architectural Design, which pools together all 4 L-17 programmes currently offered by the Politecnico di Milano in one, involves the progressive deactivation of the programmes in Environmental Architecture until the end of the current cycle in academic year 2015-2016.

Therefore, in academic year 2015-2016, only third-year Environmental Architecture courses will be offered, and new enrolments are not allowed. A few pro-tempore courses will be offered, to enable repeating students to complete their training process according to the Degree Programme Study Plan in force at the time of enrolling.

6.2 Requested knowledge

As the Programme is being disabled, no new enrolments are allowed.
For detailed information on the entrance test, admission and registration, see the Guidance website
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=1992

6.3 Deadlines for admission and number of places available

As the Programme is being disabled, no new enrolments are allowed.
For detailed information concerning deadlines and available places, see the enrolment guide at
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=542

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

The School organises student guidance and tutoring during the first and second semester.

The School's website (www.arch.polimi.it) will post the dates of the meetings organised during the presentation of the Study Plan.

 

6.5 Programme transfers

 

Transfers between campuses
- Transfers between the Piacenza and Milan campuses are only allowed in the third year, as the first and second year have been disabled; therefore, students must have completed the first and second year study plan and acquired the relating credits (score).


6.6 Changing educational system

Students from the old educational system who have not yet lost student status (up to and including educational system 509/99) may ask to be transferred to the current educational system at the Online Services section of the website www.polimi.it.


Guidance website
https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2072


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 requirements for graduation (Laurea) is based on the acquisition, during the programme, of 180 Credits (ECTS).

In particular, for basic training activities, the minimum credits guaranteed by law are 44 (architectural mathematics, architectural physics and plant engineering techniques, history of architecture, representation in architecture and the environment); For characterising activities, the minimum credits guaranteed by law are 64 (architectural and urban design, architectural restoration theory and techniques, structural analysis and design in architecture, urban planning and design, architectural and town planning techniques). Moreover, the minimum credits guaranteed by law are 18 for similar activities, 16 for other activities, and 12 for the placement and final examination.

These credits measure the level of learning, including individual study, required of a student to acquire the knowledge and skills underlying the programme and taught during the courses provided. For all programmes of the School of Architecture and Society, one credit corresponds to 25 hours of work. The average yearly workload for a full-time student equates to 60 credits. The time to be devoted to the student's personal study or other individual learning activities cannot be less than half the total time. Credits related to each educational activity are acquired by the student upon achieving a positive assessment mark (examination, certification of work performed). Students may choose courses that, for each semester, provide a number of credits differing from that provided by the Degree Programme Study Plan, so as to progress their studies according to need. The total number of ECTS required to graduate is 180. During the training, the fees payable will be related to the number of ECTS included case by case in the individual study plan. The minimum number of ECTS that a student can enter in the study plan is 30, unless the credits required to finish the programme are fewer in number. The maximum number of ECTS that a student can enter in the study plan, respecting the priorities set by the Regulations, is 80.

The registration of ETCS must respect the sequence of courses laid down by the Degree Programme Study Plan and the precedence rules set out in paragraph 14.7 below.

All elements of the plan (including the placement and final exam) are considered and calculated for the purposes of determining the fees.

The fees will be calculated according to the rules laid down in the Regulations (link: http://www.polimi.it/studenti/guide/).

The 180 ECTS characterising the content of this programme are listed in paragraph 7.3, and meet the minimum legal requirements established for the training activities of the Degree Category L-17 - Architectural Sciences (Law 270/2004).

The minimum legally guaranteed for the various training activities are as follows:

- 44 ECTS for basic training activities (architectural mathematics, architectural physics and plant engineering techniques, history of architecture, representation in architecture and the environment);

- 64 ECTS for characterising activities (architectural and urban design, architectural restoration theory and techniques, structural analysis and design in architecture, urban planning and design, architectural and construction techniques, appraisals in architecture and urban planning);

- 18 ECTS for similar activities;

- 16 ECTS for other activities;

- 12 ECTS for the placement and final examination.

7.2 Mode of study

The programme is full time; it includes participation in training activities consisting of lectures and exercises (single-subject courses, integrated courses), laboratory activities with compulsory attendance, seminars and study visits.

Laboratories

In all programmes, attendance at laboratories, including optional themed laboratories, is mandatory. The certificate of attendance, required to access the relating assessment test, is provided by the professors in charge of the Laboratory. Any other attendance duties will be indicated by the Programme's Degree Council in line with the School's guidelines. Such obligations will be published on the School's website (www.arch.polimi.it) and communicated to the students by the professors at the start of the courses. The same attendance rules apply for all sections of the same course. Attendance is verified by the professor responsible for the course based on criteria consistent with the organisation, which will be announced at the beginning of the course. These criteria may relate to the presence in the classroom and the active participation of the student.

Single-subject or integrated courses

For these courses, for which attendance is not compulsory, the examination procedures reserved for non attending students will be published on the professor's page and will also be notified at the start of the course.

The academic year comprises two semesters, each consisting of a teaching session and an exam session. The calendar is organised as follows:

1st Semester

 - 05/10/2015: start of 1st semester lectures

- 22/01/2016: end of 1st semester

- 25-29 January 2016: week of individual study, in-depth teachings

- 01/02/2016 - 27/02/2016: examination session

Week dedicated to study trips and workshops from 09/02/2016 to 04/03/2016

Week dedicated to MIAW from 27/02/2016 to 05/03/2016

 2nd Semester

- 07/03/2016: start of 2nd semester lectures

- 17/06/2016: end of 2nd semester

- 20-24 June 2016: week of individual study, in-depth teachings

- 27/06/2016 - 30/07/2016: examination session

7.3 Detailed learning objectives

7.3.1 Previously approved plans

 

The wording "previously approved study plans", used in the web applications, refers to the approval of the basic training content; it does not mean that the choices made by the student when compiling the Study Plan are have been previously approved.

Upon completion of the individual study plan, each student must choose a number of Laboratories (at most three), which include various sections entrusted to different professors. Since a laboratory may be chosen by a number of students exceeding the available places, the students will be allocated to the laboratories based on merit criteria, as detailed in paragraph 14.6.


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

The degree examination procedures are available at:

http://www.arch.polimi.it/generalehome1/laurea-triennale/esami-di-laurea/ 


 


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

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

9. Faculty

The names of the professors involved in the Programme and its courses will be available on the Degree Programme Study Plan as from September.
The Degree Programme Study Plan is published annually on the website of the Politecnico di Milano.
The names of the professors involved in the Programme and its courses will be available on the Degree Programme Study Plan as from September.
The Degree Programme Study Plan is published annually on the website of the Politecnico di Milano.


10. Infrastructures and laboratories

MILAN

 Modelling laboratory

The Models and Prototypes Laboratory, intended for Leonardo Campus students of the School of Architecture and Society and the School of Architectural Engineering, is a space equipped for the production of models, in plastic or otherwise, using traditional and CNC technologies. The only conditions for admission are participation in a meeting on the subject of work safety (as per Legislative Decree 626/94) and booking of a session.

Address:Leonardo Campus, Via Bonardi 3 - "former Sottomarino building"

Opening hours: The Laboratory is open Mondays to Fridays from 10:15 to 17:30.

Places: 40

 Library

The Central Architecture Library (Biblioteca Centrale Di Architettura) has about 60,000 Italian and foreign scientific works, mainly dedicated to architecture, art, urban planning, design, interior design, landscape, restoration and museology. There is a special section on works about the city of Milan. The textbooks adopted and recommended for the programmes of the schools of architecture and design are all available in the library. In the reference section, you can consult the main specialised and general encyclopaedias, as well as yearly reports and regulations relating to urban planning and construction. There are also about 1,000 journals, including 400 current subscriptions. Excerpts of the main periodicals on architecture and art and a wide set of publications on these themes are also available on CD ROM. The library holds the doctoral dissertations of PhDs coordinated by the Departments of Architecture. Opening hours: The opening hours and consultation procedures are specified on 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, present in both the Caserma della Neve and Campus Arata locations, holds the reference books recommended and used in the degree programmes offered.  The library, which is continuously expanding, currently holds approximately 3000 Italian and foreign scientific works regarding Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, Economics, Transport, Logistics, Energy Systems, Architecture, Urban Planning and Environmental Sustainability. Library users may also consult the Politecnico’s electronic periodicals and online databases from computer workstations. The libraries in both locations are made up of four adjoining consultation, reading and study rooms.

The consultation room has a seating area. It is reserved for individual consultation and has two personal computers to access the online catalogue.

The study room, featuring 35 seats, is reserved for students and allows study groups.

Home loans are reserved for Politecnico di Milano users and affiliated users.

Opening hours: The opening hours and consultation procedures are specified on the Library's website.

Address: Via Scalabrini, 76 and 113, Piacenza

Telephone: 0523.356871

Website:www.biblio.polimi.it


11. International context

The Politecnico is conducting a comparative analysis with leading international universities. The reports and studies will shortly be available on the website of the Politecnico di Milano, under the Degree Programme Study Plan.


12. Internationalization

12.1 Study abroad programme (Erasmus)

 

All students wishing to participate in a foreign study programme are invited, in January, to visit their studesk for information about the possibility of studying abroad. At the studesk, students receive information about the locations available and suitable for their degree programme, the prerequisites, the application procedures with the relating deadlines, and the selection criteria. Students may also consult the literature on partner institutions.

For information, contact Studesk 1 - Via Golgi 42, Milan


13. Quantitative data

The University Teaching Observatory and the University Assessment Commission, also with the support of the faculty teaching observatories, periodically analyse the overall results and the teaching quality, monitoring education activities and graduate placement in the job market. The reports and studies are available on the website of the Politecnico di Milano.


14. Further information

14.1 OFA - Obblighi Formativi Aggiuntivi [additional educational obligations]


In light of the changes resulting from the cancellation of the first and second year of the Environmental Architecture programme, students enrolled in the programme until academic year 2013/2014 who have not passed the mathematics and/or English OFAs at the time of presenting the study plan for academic year 2015/16 will, as a transitional measure, be able to prepare the third year plan, on the understanding that they cannot take the relating exams before passing the previous OFAs.

 

 14.1.1 Mathematics OFA

Mathematics OFAs may be taken in two ways:

1) by taking the on-line mathematics test (TOM) and the on-campus test according to the calendar that will be published on the University website (http://www.polimi.it/studenti/avvisi/)

2) by pass the final examination of the Mathematics course in the exam sessions for academic calendar 2014-2015.

An online course will be available to help students prepare for the OFA.

14.1.2. English language OFA (TENG)

As from academic year 2008/2009, the University has established the minimum level of English language proficiency for access to degree programmes. If this prerequisite is not met, an English OFA (additional educational obligation) is assigned, which leads to limitations to the student's university career. In order to make up for English OFAs, please refer to the guides published on the University's website - link: http://www.polimi.it/guide14.1.3. Deadline for submitting the study plan after fulfilling OFAs

14.1.3. Deadline for submitting the study plan after fulfilling OFAs

The allocation of students who have fulfilled their OFA requirements to parallel laboratories or other courses will be established by the COS office according to availability and based on merit. The deadlines for submitting the study plan on paper for students of the second and subsequent years who have passed both the English and the Mathematics OFA are:

• by 09/11/2015 to submit the annual plan

• by 03/03/2016 to submit the plan for the 2nd semester alone.

Students cannot submit the study plan after the dates listed above, to allow the normal progression of lessons and so as not to alter the balance between laboratories allocated on merit. Students cannot attend workshops or courses that are not included in their study plan. Furthermore, evaluations relating to activities not included in the study plan or attended without respecting the allocations made will not be recognised or validated under any circumstance.

 14.1.4. Presentation of the study plan

Students are required, under their own responsibility, to submit an individual study plan. The plan is taken by the School as a supporting document for all intents and purposes. The study plan also certifies compliance of the choices made by the student with the rules specified by the current educational system and by the provisions of the Programme Regulations.

N.B.: We suggest students save and print their study plan.

We will not accept requests to change the study plan. The submission of a study plan is final, and must occur within the timeframe and following the procedures established by these Regulations.

14.1.4.1 Third Year

Students who have not yet passed exams in the first and second years (2013/2014) should note that:

- courses (both single-subject and integrated) included in the first-year study plan will not lapse; students can register for the exam without re-attending the course;

- they will need to re-attend the second-year Laboratory, for which a special section will be activated, in order to pass the related exam.

Students enrolled in the third year should submit their study plan by the deadlines stated in the Academic Calendar. Students who do not submit their study plan in time will be allocated a standard study plan (for a maximum of 60 ECTS), which will take account of any mandatory ongoing courses, and will also be registered for the third-year laboratories subject to availability.

 14.1.4.2 Default

By resolution of the Board of Governors, students who do not submit their study plan by the deadlines stated in the Academic Calendar will be charged a €100.00 default fee. Payment will be requested with the second instalment.

 14.1.4.3 Allocation of students to different Course and Laboratory sections

Students are allocated to different course sections - single-subject and integrated - in alphabetical order; instead, for Laboratories and courses that envisage allocation based on merit, the allocation is based on the options expressed by the students themselves (see paragraph 14.6 of these Regulations: "Criteria for allocation in..."); once established, these allocations cannot be changed.

 14.2 Changes to the Study Plan

In the period from 25/02/2016 to 03/03/2016, students will be given the opportunity to change their study plan through the Poliself desks. Such changes can only relate to second semester courses, as follows:

  • change elective courses
  • add single-subject or integrated courses split in alphabetical order
  • remove single-subject or integrated courses split in alphabetical order

You cannot remove or add Laboratories, or change section.

 14.3 "Freed" credits

The exams for the second-semester courses, re-entered on the study plan and passed in the February session (the final exam session for the previous academic year), will "free up" credits that may be included in the changed study plan.

Since changes to the study plan cannot include changes to the laboratories, we suggest that anyone thinking of freeing up credits should include the laboratories when submitting the plan in September, putting the entry of single-subject or integrated courses off to the time of making the above changes.

 14.4 Courses that provide credits in excess of requirements

Students can include in their study plan courses that provide credits in excess of the Environmental Architecture programme's requirements.

These courses are not taken into account in the calculation of useful credits and do not contribute to the exam score average for the purposes of being admitting to the final examination and graduating. For each academic year, the sum of actual plus surplus credits should not exceed 80 ECTS. The inclusion of courses in the study plan is subject to rules of precedence.

Students cannot include courses providing credits in excess from the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science) in Architecture.

 14.5 Individual courses

The University allows students to follow individual courses, subject to payment. Only non-Politecnico students may register for individual courses. Registration for individual courses is subject to availability. Admission to these courses gives the right to attend classes, sit exams in the established sessions, and obtain a certificate attesting to the exams passed (with score) and the corresponding ECTS acquired. Registration for individual courses may be required, up to at most 30 ECTS per year, by those wishing to supplement their training. Interested parties must hand in the application form and payment slip (available on the site www.polimi.it/modulistica in the relevant period) to the Registrar’s Office.

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

To have individual courses recognised for the purposes of graduating from the Politecnico, see the link:

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

 

14.6 Criteria for allocation in sections, elective courses and laboratories

Students must make a number of selections equal to the number of sections available.

Students will be allocated to laboratories based on their place on the ranking list and on their selection sequence.

Students who do not make their selections on time will be automatically allocated to the emptiest section, compatibly with a balanced distribution of the educational load.

The section and laboratory selections made by students will be sorted according to a ranking list calculated based on the following criteria:

 

Years after the first

Sorted by decreasing value ¿¿of the parameter G

       n

G=Σ  Vi•Ci

       i=l

where Vi is the score obtained for the ith examination, Ci is the number of credits corresponding to the ith examination, and n is the number of exams taken

 

A score of 30/30ths with honours will be calculated as 33/30ths.  To avoid students being penalised by any delays in the registration or validation of exams, the parameter G will be calculated based on the academic records registered in the summer session.

14.6.1 Erasmus

For all students returning from an Erasmus programme, scores will not be taken into account unless already validated on the study plan before the allocation.

 14.7 Course precedence and progression conditions related to passing exams

In addition to the course progression dictated by the Degree Programme Study Plan, the following types of precedence may be resolved by the Academic Senate:

 

Recommended precedence

This is not a formal constraint. It provides students with useful information on the sequential nature of the courses, but does not affect either the composition of the Study plan or the registration of exam results.

Precedence on the Study Plan

This is a constraint that must be respected when choosing courses at the time of submitting the Study Plan. Course b cannot be inserted in the Study Plan without course a (even if this has not yet been passed). It does not affect the registration of exam results.

Precedence in the registration of exam results

This is a constraint that must be respected both when preparing the Study Plan and when registering a positive exam result (pass). Exam b cannot be registered if exam a has not been registered.

In line with the provisions of the previous Educational Regulations, the following exam precedence indications are provided with regard to the Environmental Architecture programme:

The following indications are provided with regard to the Programme in Environmental Architecture:

- Exam recording precedence:

- the Elements of Mathematics exam (1st year, 1st sem.) must be recorded before the third-year exams;

- the Statics and principles of structural behaviour exam (2nd year, 1st sem.) must be recorded before the Building Science exam (3rd year, 1st sem.). Conditionally, when formulating their study plan, students may simultaneously enter the courses Statics and principles of structural behaviour and Building Science, but the exam score for the course Statics and principles of structural behaviour must be recorded before that for the course Building Science;

- Milan: the exam for the Integrated Course Elements of Technology (1st year, 2nd sem.) must be recorded before the exam for the Laboratory Building Design Construction in Architecture (2nd year, 2nd sem.); when formulating their study plan, students may simultaneously enter the integrated course Elements of Technology and the laboratory Building Design Construction in Architecture, but the exam score for the integrated course Elements of Technology must be recoded before that for the Laboratory Building Design Construction in Architecture;

- Piacenza: the exam for the Integrated Course Technical systems for eco-compatible architecture (1st year, 2nd sem.) must be recorded before the exam for the Laboratory Building Design Construction in Architecture (2nd year, 2nd sem.); when formulating their study plan, students may simultaneously enter the integrated course Technical systems for eco-compatible architecture and the laboratory Building Design Construction in Architecture, but the exam score for the integrated course Technical systems for eco-compatible architecture must be recoded before that for the Laboratory Building Design Construction in Architecture.

 

 -    Recommended precedence:

the Programme courses are arranged so as to enable students to acquire skills and abilities gradually and progressively. Following this progression will provide the best possible preparation. Consequently, we strongly recommend that you do not attend Laboratories before following the single-subject and integrated courses that precede them, which provide the basic knowledge required to be able to take part in the activities at best. We strongly advise students to ensure they take all the exams of the first year and of the first semester of the second year before attending third-year courses and laboratories, subject to the above exam recording precedence.

  14.8 Obligation and verification of course attendance

The programme includes participation in training activities consisting of lectures and exercises (single-subject courses, integrated courses), laboratory activities, seminars and study visits.

Laboratories

In all programmes, at least 70% attendance in laboratories, including themed laboratories, is mandatory. The certificate of attendance, required to access the relating assessment test, is provided by the professors in charge of the Laboratory. Any other attendance duties will be indicated by the Programme's Degree Council in line with the School's guidelines. Such obligations will be published on the School's website (www.arch.polimi.it) and communicated to the students by the professors at the start of the courses. The same attendance rules apply for all sections of the same course. Attendance is verified by the professor responsible for the course based on criteria consistent with the organisation, which will be announced at the beginning of the course. These criteria may relate to the presence in the classroom and the active participation of the student.

Single-subject or integrated courses

For these courses, for which attendance is not compulsory, the examination procedures reserved for non-attending students will be published on the professor's page and will also be notified at the start of the course.

 14.9 Tests

All sections of a course coordinate to ensure uniform test methods, in line with the Programme's guidelines. The main guidelines in this regard are the following:

• professors can programme in-course assessments. These may be regarded as an evaluation method or as contributing to the final result. These methods will be announced through the School's website and communicated to the students by the course professors when the course starts; in any case, the failure to pass or take in-course assessments will not prevent students from taking part in any of the subsequent exam sessions of the three scheduled for the year.

• for Laboratories, in which attendance is compulsory, in-course assessments will be regarded as contributing to the final result and will consist of an evaluation of the project progress. Students who have not attended will not be admitted to the exam sessions and must re-take the laboratory.

In order to take exams, students are always required to register for an exam session. Students are forbidden from taking exams for a course or laboratory in which they are not duly registered. Based on the test results, students either:

• pass and are assigned a score;

• fail and have to sit the test again;

• fail and have to re-attend the course (if the obligations under the Programme have not been met or if the exam has been failed at all three examination sessions).

There are three exam sessions for each course (including laboratories). Each exam session includes at least two dates, both of which are open to students. 

Only the first date is open to graduating students, in order to permit the completion of all procedures required to access the degree exam sessions.

 14.10 Self-certification of passing an examination

If, at the time of submitting the study plan, an exam that has already been taken (and therefore the score is known) has not been registered in the academic records, the student can self-certify the fact of having passed the exam.

For an exam taken to be valid, the student must prove officially registered in the course or laboratory and in the related exam session.

Students may not self-certify a course if the relating examination has not yet been taken at the time of preparing the study plan. Making a false statement will preclude students from registering for the exam sessions of the self-certified course, and implies the cancellation of the course or laboratory; moreover, the students will not be allowed to reinsert the course on the study plan until the following academic year.

 11.14 End of the programme and graduation

To graduate, students must have acquired the credits relating to the courses provided for by the Degree Program Study Plan and the credits, as defined by the programmes, relating to:

• activities chosen by the student;

• placement activities;

• final test (see paragraph 7.5 above).

 14.11.1 Activities chosen by the student

These can be chosen within or outside the programme's educational offering. In the first case, they are automatically approved. Choices made outside the Programme must be authorised by the School, which, having evaluated compliance with the rules and consistency with the academic career, will attribute a number of credits in each specific case. For these credits to be acquired, students enrolled in the Environmental Architecture programme may choose from the Elective Courses at their disposal and from the workshops that the School of Architecture and Society offers since academic year 2013-2014. Regular students may choose up to two workshops (max 8 ECTS), while repeating students can only choose one workshop (4 credits); in any case, when choosing workshops and electives, students must make sure their study plan complies with the minimum legal requirements for the various training activities (see par. 7.1).

The list of workshops is available on the website http://www.arch.polimi.it/offerta-formativa/workshop/. The workshop professors are detailed in the explanatory note.

Students should always check for any overlaps with other courses in the study plan before choosing optional workshops and electives.

 14.11.2 Placements

The School cooperates with professional associations, public administrations, local authorities and businesses to organise external placements, so as to grant students the opportunity to acquire the credits provided for by the educational system.

In addition, students have the opportunity to complete an internal placement at a Politecnico di Milano department.

The duration of the placement is defined by the Programme, according to the School's guidelines. Further information is available from the Placement Office of the School of Architecture and Society and in the relevant section of the School website: http://www.arch.polimi.it/generalehome1/tirocini/

The University grants Erasmus scholarships for foreign placements. For more information:

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

  14.12 Accessing a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science)

The Laurea (equivalent to a Bachelor of Science) in Environmental Architecture provides access to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science), to the first-level Specializing Master and to Post-graduate programmes.

Students admitted by law to the Laurea Magistrale in Architecture are those students of the School of Architecture and Society who have graduated within 4 years of their initial enrolment and who on the 30th of September of the second calendar year after enrolment have acquired the N/V parameters required (ECTS/exam score average as determined by the study plan).

These are the parameters required based on the year of admission:

- Students enrolled from a.y. 2003/04 to a.y. 2009/10: N/V 104/25

- Students enrolled from a.y. 2010/11: N/V 104/27

Students who have not obtained the necessary parameters will be selected as stated in the Admission Rules that may be downloaded from the relating section of the School website: http://www.arch.polimi.it/servizi/trasferimenti-e-passaggi/.

 14.12.1 English language skills

Since a.y. 2006/2007, knowledge of the English language is a prerequisite for admission to a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a Master of Science). A list of eligible certifications may be downloaded from the website:

 https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2229

Note Important variation compared to the previous rules - the certificate must be submitted within the deadline for applying for admission (standard entry):

- 07/09/2015 for entry in October

- 05/02/2016 for entry in March

It is advisable to acquire the certification in advance because there is never more than one session per month and it always takes at least 20 days to know the result.

 


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