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.
18.104.22.168 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.
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.
22.214.171.124 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:
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.