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, 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:
The Mathematics OFA must be completed in the first year of the degree programme according to one of the below procedures:
- by taking an online mathematics test (TOM), with a test with attendance in accordance with the schedule announced on the University’s website (http://www.polimi.it/studenti/avvisi/);
- 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.
1) at least 70% of students are required to attend the remedial courses organised by the University. See the academic calendar and related notices for the beginning of the Mathematics OFA course. At the end of the remedial courses, students must take an assessment test (TOM)
2) by passing the final exam of the Mathematics course during the examination sessions scheduled in the Academic Calendar 2014-2015[L1] .
14.1.2 English OFA (TENG)
As of the 2008/2009 Academic Year, the University has established a minimum level of English proficiency that must be met in order to be admitted to the degree courses. If this prerequisite is not met, the student will be assigned an English OFA (Compulsory Additional Module) which includes limitations for the continuation of their university career. In order to take the Compulsory Additional Module for English, see the guides posted on the University website – link: http://www.polimi.it/guide
14.1.3 Deadlines for submitting plans after meeting OFA requirements
The Student Orientation Office assigns students who have met their OFA requirements to workshops or other equivalent courses based on merit and the number of places available. The deadlines for submitting hard copy Study Plans for students (with the exception of first-year students) who have met the OFA requirements for both mathematics and English, are:
- no later than 14/11/2014 for the submission of the annual plan
- no later than 06/03/2015 for the submission of 2nd semester plans only.
Students will not be allowed to submit Plans after the above dates, to allow lessons to be held normally and to prevent any changes in the balance between workshop sections allocated according to merit. Students are not allowed to attend workshops or courses that are not included in their study plans. In no case may assessments related to activities not included in study plans or attended at times not allocated in the sections be recognised or confirmed.
14.1.4 Submission of study plans
Each student is responsible for submitting an individual study plan. The School considers the plan to be a reference document for all intents and purposes. Its contents also attest to the conformity of the choices made by the student with the standards set by legal regulations and the provisions of the Rules of the B.Sc. Programme.
N.B.: Students are strongly encouraged to save and print the study plan submitted.
Requests for changes to study plans will not be accepted. The submission of the study plan is final and must be completed in accordance with the deadlines and procedures established in these Regulations.
18.104.22.168 First year
Students who have not passed their first year exams in Academic Year 2013-2014 should be advised that the courses included in the 1st year study plan will remain valid, however it will be necessary to re-enrol for the Workshops (Representation Workshop, Design Workshop and Urban Planning Workshop).
New students must enter their study plans online or via the Poliself stations by the deadline stated on the Academic Calendar. Students who do not submit study plans by the due date will be automatically enrolled for all modules of the 1st year of the Programme, assigned in alphabetical order. They will not be enrolled in workshops that assign students based on merit.
22.214.171.124 Subsequent years
Students enrolled in subsequent years must enter their study plans by the deadline stated on the Academic Calendar. Students that fail to do so will be assigned a study plan by the University (up to a maximum of 60 credits) which will include any courses that must be repeated, and will be enrolled in workshops for the 2nd and 3rd year with places allocated depending on availability.
126.96.36.199 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.
188.8.131.52 Assignment of students to various course and workshop sections
Students will be assigned to various single-subject and integrated course sections in alphabetical order determined by the University. Workshops and courses chosen by students based on preference will be assigned using merit-based criteria (see section 14.6 “Assignment Criteria” below). Once established, assignments cannot be changed.
14.2 Changes to Study Plans
From 27/02/2015 to 05/03/2015 changes may be made to study plans using the Poliself stations. Changes may be made only to the courses offered in the second semester as follows:
- change optional courses;
- add single subject or integrated courses, sub-divided alphabetically
- remove single subject or integrated courses, sub-divided alphabetically
It will not be possible to remove, add or modify Workshop sections.
14.3 “Available” Credits
Exams related to courses in the 2nd semester that have been added to the plan once again and passed in the February exam session during the last session for the previous academic year, will make credits “available” for inclusion in the change plan for the 2nd semester.
Since workshops cannot be added to the 2nd semester change plan, students who think they may have available credits are advised to enter the workshops when submitting their plans in September, postponing the inclusion of single-subject or integrated courses until the 2nd semester change plan.
14.4 Additional courses
Students are not permitted to add additional courses offered by the Master of Science Degree Programme in Architecture.
Students may add additional courses to their study plans, chosen from the list of those offered by the Degree Programme in Architecture Science.
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.
14.5 Individual courses
The University permits students to attend individual courses subject to payment of the enrolment fee for the course. Only non-Politecnico students may enrol in individual courses. Enrolment in individual courses is subject to the availability of places in the course itself. Admission to courses gives the right to attend lessons, take exams at the sessions envisaged during the academic year and obtain certification of the score of the exams passed and the corresponding credits earned. Enrolment for individual courses may be requested for a maximum of 30 credits per year for those who wish to extend their studies. Interested candidates should submit the enrolment application form and the payment form (available at www.polimi.it/modulistica during the appropriate period) to the Registrar’s Office.
The list of available courses will be published on the school’s website www.arch.polimi.it.
For the rules regarding the contribution of credits for individual courses towards the total credits required for a degree at the Politecnico, visit the following link:
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:
Result of the entrance test
Sorting by decreasing parameter G values
G=∑ Vi •Ci
where Vi equals the marks obtained for the i-th exam, Ci is the number of credits corresponding to the i-th exam and n is the number of exams taken
A score of 30/30 with honours will be calculated as equal to 33/30. The available places will be assigned according to a merit classification based on the student’s first stated preference. Students that still have not been assigned places after the first evaluation will be included in a second evaluation using the same method based on the number of places still available for the workshops. To avoid any possibility that delays in registration or recognition of the exams taken may penalise students, parameter G will be calculated on the student’s academic career as at the summer session. First-year students in the second phase of enrolment will be assigned to workshops based on availability, not on merit.
Marks earned by students returning from the Erasmus programme will not be accepted for courses other than those previously approved in the student’s study programme.
14.7 Precedence of courses and conditions for progression to the next stage of the B.Sc. programme based on successful completion of examinations
In addition to the progression of studies listed in the B.Sc. Program Bulletin, the B.Sc. Programmes may apply the following types of precedence approved by the Academic Senate:
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.
Defines a restriction that must be observed both when choosing the courses for inclusion in the study plan and when ‘positive’ results (passed courses) are recorded. Course B cannot be recorded as ‘passed’ unless course A has also recorded as ‘passed’.
The following instructions apply to the Degree Programme in Architecture Science:
- recording precedence: the examination for the course “Instituzioni di Matematiche” must be recorded prior to the third year examinations.
- recommended precedence: the courses in the Degree Programme are organised in a sequence that offers students a path for progressively acquiring the necessary skills and abilities. Since this progression is 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 1st year exams and those in the first semester of the 2nd year before taking any 3rd year courses.
- the course “Tecnologia” (1st year) should be taken before “Laboratorio di Costruzione dell’Architettura 1” (2nd year)
- the course “Teorie e progetto di costruzioni e strutture” or “Statica e principi di progettazione delle strutture” (2nd year) should be taken before the course “Scienze delle costruzioni” (3rd year)
14.8 Attendance requirements and certification methods
The B.Sc. Programme includes participation in educational activities consisting of lectures and tutorials (single-subject and integrated courses), workshop activities, seminars, educational visits.
Attendance at Workshops, including Thematic Workshops, is compulsory for all Degree Programmes. The compulsory attendance must be at least 70%. The attendance certificate, required in order to sit the final exam, must be prepared by the lecturer in charge of the workshop. Any other compulsory attendance required for the programme is established in accordance with the school's regulations. Such requirements will be posted on the school's website (www.arch.polimi.it) and communicated to students by the relative lecturers at the start of the course. The uniformity of attendance rules for all sections of the same module is guaranteed. The lecturer teaching the course is responsible for ascertaining attendance based on criteria consistent with the organisation of the course, which will be notified to students when the course begins. These requirements may involve classroom attendance and active participation by students.
Single-subject or integrated courses
These courses do not require student attendance and exam procedures reserved for non-attendees will be posted on the lecturer’s page and communicated at the start of the course.
14.9 Assessment of learning
Suitable forms of coordination are used to guarantee the uniformity of the learning assessment methods and their scheduling between all sections of the same course, according to the directives of the Degree Programmes. The main rules in this regard are as follows:
- lecturers may schedule interim tests. Such tests may be used as an assessment method or they may contribute to the final assessment. Such methods will be posted on the school's website and notified to students by the relative teaching staff once the courses begin. In any case, students that fail or do not take interim tests will not be prevented from taking subsequent exams in the three examination sessions.
- in workshops for which attendance is compulsory, interim tests will be considered an additional contribution to the final assessment and will consist of an assessment of the progress of the design activity. Students that fail to meet the attendance requirements will not be admitted to the examination sessions and will have to repeat the workshop.
Students are always required to enrol for the exam sessions. Students are not allowed to take examinations for courses or workshops for which they have not been properly registered. Based on their learning assessments, students may:
- pass the course, with the assignment of marks;
- be required to resit the exam, with a subsequent assessment;
- be required to repeat, if they have not met the Programme requirements or passed the exam by the third examination session; in this case attendance of the module is no longer valid and to continue their studies students must attend the module again.
Three exam sessions are planned for each module (courses and workshops). Each exam session will be held on at least two dates, both at the student’s disposition.
Final year students must take the exam on the first date to allow enough time for graduation registration procedures to be completed within the planned deadline.
14.10 Self-certification of passing of examinations
If, when submitting a study plan, an exam has already been taken (for which the marks are already known) but has not yet been recorded in the student’s career record, the student may issue a self-certification stating that the exam has been passed.
N.B. In order for the examination result to be deemed valid, the student must be officially enrolled in the course or workshop and registered for the relevant examination session. Students are not permitted to self-certify courses for which the exam has not yet been taken when compiling their study plan. Students who provide false statements will be prevented from registering for the exam session for which the self-certification was made and will not be allowed to include the course or workshop on their study plan until the next academic year.
14.11 Conclusion of the study programme and graduation
In order to obtain their Degree, students must earn credits for the courses listed in the B.Sc. Programme Bulletin and fulfil the requirements of the Degree Programme, including:
• activities chosen by the students;
• 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).
N.B. Before selecting optional courses, students must confirm that there are no scheduling conflicts with other activities on their plan.
The School cooperates with professional associations, public administrations, regional bodies and businesses to organise outside internships in order to provide students with an opportunity to earn the credits required by the regulation. The rules for the length of the internship will be defined by the Degree Programmes, according to the School's regulations. Further information is available from the Internship Office of the School of Architecture and Society and in the appropriate section of the school's website: www.arch.polimi.it
The University also organises grants for Erasmus internships abroad. For more information, visit:
14.12 Access to the Master of Science Degree Programmes
The B.Sc. Degree in Architecture Science provides access to the “Laurea Magistrale” (Master of Science Degree Programme), the "Master Universitario di primo livello" (1st level Master of Science) and to post graduate training 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. Admissible certifications can be downloaded from the website https://aunicalogin.polimi.it/aunicalogin/getservizio.xml?id_servizio=204&idApp=1&idLink=2229
N.B. - Important change
English Proficiency Certificates must be submitted by the application submission deadline:
- 08/09/2014 for admission in October
- 02/02/2015 for admission in March
Students are advised to obtain certification well enough in advance since sessions are never held more than once a month and at least 20 days are required to obtain the results.
Students enrolled in the 3rd year will be assigned to one of the following courses based on merit:
Economica e valutazione dei progetti urbani
Diritto amministativo per l’architettura
When retaking courses for a second time, students may not be assigned to the same section as the previous academic year due to the merit-based criteria.
First-year students enrolled in 2013/2014 must pass the Mathematics course before they can take 3rd year exams.
Important note: as of the academic year 2015/2016, the previous rule will also apply to students enrolled before 2013/2014.