Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student experiences how engineering companies plan and manage their activities; enriches its technical background.
The student is encouraged to make suggestions and remarks on projects and operational issues.
Applies self-learning by addressing specific technical prescriptions and norms relevant to projects and operations.
Although the stress will be on being involved in the activities at a technical level, to apply in practice what has been learned in the classroom, the stage provides a more comprehensive picture of the interactions between technical, economic and managing issues that civil engineers are supposed to deal with.
Since the stage is supposed to provide the chance to apply engineering expertise in a working environment, the student should apply for it only when he has acquired a good deal of such expertise. Therefore, the stage is scheduled in the last semester of the second year.
Course contents summary
Students may apply for a stage period at an engineering company to get in touch with a work context. The activities at the company will be agreed upon by the university tutor and the company tutor (a senior civil engineer).
Students may select stage opportunities in a list of companies available at the Department office or to suggest a theme and a company by themselves, getting the university tutor and the company tutor in touch. In both cases, they must first get in touch with the responsible for the stages for Civil Engineering.
For each ECTS credit, 25 hours of stage are foreseen.
Learning by practice
Assessment methods and criteria
A report on the activities and a discussion on:
the activities actually performed in comparison to the planned ones;
the relationships with the company team (in particular the company tutor);
a comparison between learning and applying knowledge at the university and an engineering company;
an evaluation of what was missing in technical knowledge and in capability to apply knowledge in the study program