Learning outcomes of the course unit
The goal of a stage at an engineering company is to acquire, individually or as a team, a direct knowledge of how companies plan and manage their activities. Although the stress will be on being involved in the activities at a technical level, to apply to practical cases what has been learned in the classroom, the stage should also provide 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 foreseen in the last semester of the third year and a student is allowed to begin it only after he has got at least 110 ECTS credits.
Course contents summary
Students of the third year with enough credits may apply for a stage period at an engineering company with the goal of getting in touch with a work context, individually or in group. The activities started in the stage may be continued and oriented to provide the subject of the degree thesis. The students willing to take part in a stage must opt for it filling the on-line form at the beginning of the first and second semester of the third year.
Students may select stage opportunities in a list of companies available at the Faculty’s Dean 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 stage activities for Civil Engineering.
The stage is supposed to encompass both a thorough analysis and proposals for solving civil engineering problems or tasks that were the subject of classes. The lenght of the stage as well as the working plan will be agree upon by the university tutor and the company tutor.
Once the stage is over, the company tutor will write an evaluation of the student, highlighting the quality of the results achieved, the committment shown as well as remarks on the match between the student theoretical background and the practical needs of the work at the company. The evaluation form can be downloaded from http://ingegneria.unipr.it.
After completing the stage, the student will write a brief report on the activities, that will be evaluated by the university tutor to attribute the ECTS credits. The report may constitute the backbone of the degree thesis.
Assessment methods and criteria