14.1 OFA - Compulsory Additional Modules
In the first year of attendance, the University regulations provide for remedial courses for any Compulsory Additional Modules (OFA), due to deficiencies noted in the admissions test. Students who must take Compulsory Additional Modules will be indicated in the admission rankings.
OFA are additional study modules for students who have not achieved the marks required in the test areas for Mathematics and English (TENG).
14.1.1 Mathematics OFA
With regard to the Mathematics OFA - to be passed in the first year of the course - attendance is required for at least 70% of the remedial courses organised by the University.
See the academic calendar and correlated notices for the beginning of the Mathematics OFA course. At the end of the remedial courses, students must take an assessment test.
If they do not pass the assessment test, there are two alternative methods for satisfying the requirements:
1) students must obtain credits in the first module in the corresponding subject area provided in the study plan,
2) repeat the admissions test the next year (only the part corresponding to the previous deficiencies), obtaining marks that excluded new educational debits.
If in these cases too, the compulsory requirements are not met, they will not be permitted to enrol for the 2nd year modules of their study plans.
14.1.2 English OFA (TENG)
14.1.3 Due dates for submitting plans after meeting OFA requirements
The allocation of a student who has fulfilled the OFA, between parallel sections of laboratory or other teaching, will be established by COS office according to availability and merit.
The due dates for submission of printed Study Plans for students other than freshmen, who have met the OFA requirements both for mathematics and English, are:
- no later than 19/11/2012 for submission of annual plans
- no later than 08/03/2013 for submission of the plans for the 2nd semester only.
Students will not be allowed to enter Plans after the above dates to permit lessons to be held normally and to avoid changing the balance between workshop sections allocated according to merit.
Students are not allowed to attend workshops or courses that are not included in their 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
Students are required to submit individual study plans and are fully responsible for doing so.
These plans are used by the School as documentary proof for all effects and purposes. Filling in of the plan by a student also certifies the conformity of the choices he/she has made with the regulations for the systems in force and the instructions of the Programme Regulations.
184.108.40.206 First Year
Newly enrolled students must enter their study plans, using the Internet or at the Poliself stations no later than the due dates stated in the Academic Calendar.
Students who do not submit study plans by the due date will be automatically enrolled for all the modules with alphabetic subdivision in the 1st year of the course. They will not be enrolled for workshops with allocation by merit.
220.127.116.11 Subsequent years
Students enrolled for the subsequent years must enter their study plans no later than the due dates envisaged in the Academic Calendar.
If they do not do so, they will be assigned a plan by the University (up to a maximum of 60 CFU) which will take in account any compulsory re-attendance of courses, and exclude enrolment for Workshops, which can be included in the next academic year.
18.104.22.168 Default Charge
By resolution of the Board of Directors a default charge of 100.00 euros will be made for failure to submit a study plan by the due date stated in the Academic Calendar. Payment will be requested with the second instalment of fees.
Assignment to sections of the courses - single subject or integrated courses - and of the first year workshops is set by alphabetic order; assignment to sections of third year workshops will be allocated based on merit and according to students choices (by option: see point 14.6 of these regulations “Allocation Criteria ...”). Allocations, once established, cannot be changed.
14.2 Changes to Study Plans
In the period from 25/02/2013 to 01/03/2013 it will be possible to make changes to study plans using the Poliself stations.
Changes may be made only to the modules offered in the second semester as follows:
- change optional courses;
- add single subject or integrated courses subdivided alphabetically
- remove single subject or integrated courses subdivided alphabetically
It will not be possible to remove or add Workshops or change section.
14.3 “Available” Credits
Exams related to courses in the 2nd semester, entered again in the plan and passed in the February exam session during the last session for the previous academic year, will make credits “available” for inclusion in the plan changes for the 2nd semester.
Since workshops cannot be entered during 2nd semester plan changes, students who think they may have available credits are advised to enter the workshops when submitting their plans in September postponing entry of single-subject or integrated courses until the 2nd semester plan change.
14.4 Additional modules
Students may enter additional modules, chosen from the list of those available, in their study plans.
Students with complete study plans and at least 163 CFU credits recorded (career score) they may use a maximum total of 30 CFU credits for any additional courses (not workshops) for the Master of Science Degree Programme.
These modules will not be considered in the calculation of valid credits and will not be be taken into account when calculating the average score for admission to the final exam and for Graduation. They may be recognised for the purpose of continuing studies to the 2nd level but will not result in any right to precedence for admission to the Master of Science course.
Possible recognition, for career purposes, of credits earned with additional modules is referred to the Master of Science assessment board.
The total of effective and additional credits for each academic year must not exceed 80 CFU.
Entry of courses in the study plan is subject to compliance with the precedence restrictions.
14.5 Individual courses
The University permits attendance at individual courses subject to payment of the enrolment fee for the course. The condition for enrolling for individual courses is that the students concerned must not be students at the Politecnico. Enrolment for individual modules is subject to availability of places in the module 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 for the exams passed and the corresponding CFU credits earned. Enrolment for individual courses may be requested for a maximum of 30 CFU credits per year by anyone who wishes to integrate their education or who, while not in possession of the requirements/prerequisites for enrolment for a three-year Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science course, wish to take courses in advance with a view to subsequent recognition. Subsequent recognition of the CFU credits earned, which may in no case be more than 30 CFU, is subject to admission and enrolment for the specific three-year Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science course. If the exams for such individual courses are not taken/passed, recognition of attendance when enrolling is discretionary.
Those interested must hand in the enrolment application form and the payment form (available on the www.polimi.it/modulistica website during the appropriate period) to the Registrar's Office. Those interested are invited to contact the Registrar's Office before enrolling.
For further specifications, please refer to the www.polimi.it/studenti website.
14.6 Criteria for allocation to sections, in optional courses and workshops
Options expressed by students with regard to sections and workshops will be sorted according to the following criteria:
Result of the admission 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.
Allocation is based on merit according to the first option expressed by students. Students have not been allocated after the first evaluation will be assigned by the same method according to availability.
To avoid any possibility that delays in registration or recognition of the exams taken may penalise students, parameter G will be calculated on the career completed in the summer session.
Allocation to workshops for freshmen during the second phase of enrolment will be on a first come first served basis and not by merit.
14.7 Precedence and sequence of modules
In addition to what derives from the sequence of the modules in the study manifesto, Programmes may apply the following types of precedence resolved by the Academic Senate:
Does not define any formal restriction. Its purpose is to provide useful indications to students on the sequence of the modules, but has no influence on the composition of Study Plans or on recording of passes.
Study plan composition
Defines a restriction that must be observed when choosing courses for entry in study plans. Module b may not be entered in the study plan unless module a is also entered (even if it has not been passed). It has no influence on recording of passes.
Defines a restriction that must be observed both when choosing the modules for inclusion in the study plan and when ‘positive’ results (passed modules) are recorded. Passing of module b cannot be recorded unless module a has been recorded as passed.
14.8 Module attendance requirement and ascertainment
Attendance at Workshops is compulsory for all Programmes.
Further compulsory attendance may be required for Programmes according to the School's directives. Such requirements will be published on the School's website (www.arch.polimi.it) and notified to students by the teaching staff concerned when courses begin. The uniformity of the attendance rules for all sections of the same module is guaranteed.
The Professor teaching the module 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. Such criteria may concern attendance in the classroom and active participation by the student.
14.9 Assessment of learning
Suitable forms of coordination are used to guarantee the uniformity of the learning assessment methods between all sections of the same module, according to the Programmes directives.
The main directives on this subject are as follows:
- professors 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 published on the School's website and notified to students by the teaching staff concerned when courses begin; in any case, the failure or failure to perform the tests during the course does not prevent the student to present to the next three exam sessions.
- in workshops for which attendance is compulsory, interim tests will be considered as an additional contribution to the final assessment and will consist of an assessment of the progress of the design work. Students who have not achieved the required attendance will not be admitted to the exam sessions and must attend the course again.
Three exam sessions are organised for each module (courses, Laboratory activities)
Students are always required to enrol for the exam sessions, otherwise they may not take the exam.
Based on their learning assessments, students may:
- obtain a pass, with assignment of marks;
- be told to retake the test, at a subsequent assessment;
- be retested, if they have met the Programme requirements or passed the exam no later than the end of the third exam session; in this case attendance of the module is no longer valid and to continue their studies students must attend the module again.
14.9.1 Procedure for recording assessments
Recording of exam results is conducted via the web, and it must be noted that:
- students have the right to view their corrected papers, at the times and using the procedures set and suitably published by the professor (on the School's website);
- when the results have been recorded via the web, the student will receive an e-mail (university e-mail address assigned on enrolment) notifying publication of his/her marks. Students have the right (before recording) to refuse positive marks (notifying their decision to the professor by e-mail) thus obtaining deferment until the next exam session ;
- any refusal of the marks must be explicit and must be notified in the manner and within the time stated by the professor in the e-mail notification of the marks;
- if no explicit refusal is given, the professor will record the marks awarded to the student in the minutes.
14.10 Self-certification of passing of exams
If when submitting a study plan, an exam that has already been taken (for which the marks are already known therefore) has not yet been recorded in his/her career record, the student concerned may provide self-certification that the exam has been passed.
N.B. Because the exam is valid, it is necessary that the student officially enrolled in the course or workshop and to the exam session.
Students are not permitted to self-certify a module for which the exam has not yet been taken when compiling plans.
A false statement prohibits enrolment for the exam sessions of the self-certified module, and entails cancellation of the course or workshop and the impossibility of entering it in the study plan until the next a.y.
14.11 Conclusion of the study programme and Graduation
In order to graduate, students must have earned the credits related to the modules set in the study manifesto as well as the credits, according to what is stated in the Programme, related to:
- courses chosen by the student;
- final exam (see paragraph 7.5).
14.11.1 Courses chosen by the student
These may be chosen from those offered in the Programme or in other programmes. The former are taken to be automatically approved. Any other choices must be authorised in advance by the School which, after assessing the conformity and consistency, attributes a number of CFU credits for each specific case.
A given number of optional courses are instituted for each Programme to permit the earning of the credits related to the courses chosen by the student .
N.B. Students must always check that there are no overlaps in the scheduling of the courses before choosing optional modules.
The School cooperates with professional societies, public administrations, regional bodies and businesses, to organise outside internships, to guarantee to students the possibility of earning the credits envisaged in the university education system. The rules for the length of the internship will be defined by the Programmes, according to the School's directives.
Further information is available at the Internship Office of the I School of Architecture and in the appropriate section of the School's website: www.arch.polimi.it
14.12 Access to Master of Science Programmes
1st level graduates and 2nd level graduates, if they have graduated with a different class of degree, may access the Master of Science Programme.
All candidates are required to submit an application for assessment to the specific service set up on the www.webpoliself.polimi.it website and to print the enrolment receipt.
There are two periods each semester available to students for assessment: “advance period” and “standard period”, according to the deadlines given in the academic calendar.
The ranking for the advance period is provisional and not binding; the final ranking will be given after the assessments in the standard period.
Students not admitted in the advance period may submit documents additional to the documentation produced to improve their position.
Students admitted for the semester entrances in previous years, who have been unable to confirm enrolment because they did not meet the compulsory requirements, must re-submit their applications for career assessment for the subsequent semesters.
The regulations for admission to Master of Science programmes can be downloaded from the appropriate section of the School's website www.arch.polimi.it.
The following information can also be downloaded from the website:
- instructions for preparing books
- instructions and deadlines for enrolment.
14.12.1 Knowledge of English
From A.Y. 2006/2007 knowledge of English is a pre-requisite for admission to the Master of Science Programme.
Admissible certifications can be downloaded from the http://www.polimi.it/studenti/percorri-la-tua-carriera/linguainglese/ website.
N.B. - Important change
Certificates must be submitted by the deadline for submission of the application for admission in the standard period:
- 04/09/2012 for entry in October
- 04/02/2013 for entry in March
Students are advised to obtain certification in advance because sessions are never held more than once a month and at least 20 days are required to obtain the result.
NOTES SPECIFIC TO PROGRAMMES
Students enrolled for the 2011/2012 Academic Year with OFAs for Mathematics who have not succeeded in passing the Mathematics Course are advised to attend the “Mathematics OFA Remedial” courses which will begin following the dates and the timetable exhibited on the notice boards of the School. Please remember that if you have OFAs (Mathematics or English) you will not be able to enter your
2nd year study plan.