Curricular Unit:Code:
Internship and Final Project I145EPF1
Year:Level:Course:Credits:
5MasterArchitecture and Urbanism5 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English65
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
This subject aims to deepen specific knowledge about the activities belonging to a real work environment of the architect’s profession, allowing the students to apply and test the know-how acquired during the course, confronting the academic and the practical, as well as the strength of this knowledge. It also intends to provide the students a context for the application of their understanding and problem solving skills to new situations and broad unfamiliar situations, developing the ability to integrate knowledge, handle issues of diverse complexity and produce sustained opinions – including the aptitude to reason about the ethical implications and social responsibilities of the decisions/options taken – showing competence on the communication and presentation of their ideas/projects. Finally, the student should confirm competences on critical reasoning and self-criticism, as well as on mainly self-oriented and autonomous learning skills.
Syllabus:
The content of the syllabus is defined in an individual internship plan, in accordance with the institution where the student performs his/her practice and the acceptance from the internship’ supervisor designated by the University.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The curricular unit has as its main objective to prepare the student for professional independent practice, developing and deepening knowledge and intervention specific skills of the architect’s labor in a real context, training him for an effective ability to intervene professionally both in construction, architecture and planning, as well as in new emerging activities framed as proper acts of the Architect’s profession. As this course consists on a supervised internship, under a curricular framework, to be held in companies, offices or other public or private institutions, and as the learning contents are determined in consistency with the activities to be developed (validated by both the institutional and academic supervisors) the coherence between syllabus and objectives is naturally ensured.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
The methodology of this CU consists on the development of an internship program in an external host institution within a real environment, overseen by an university supervisor that supports the student in the accomplishment of the inherent tasks. Throughout the period of the professional internship, visits to the workplace are made by the academic supervisor aiming to oversee the student’s integration and learning process, as well as orientation sessions are held in the University, whenever pertinent.
The assessment will be the result – accounted for in different percentages – of the grade assigned to the internship report (encompassing the presentation and the report structure, its content, the characterization of the hosting institution, the field in which the practice was developed, the activities developed by the student, and his overview of the practice period) and the classification given by the institutional supervisor to the student’s practical skills in the hosting organizatio
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The main methodology of this course consists on the supervised development of activities pertaining to the architect’s profession within a real work context and under considerable independence. It is in this circumstance that the student’s transition between the academic process of obtaining knowledge and skills and its future application in practice is prepared; it is also in this milieu that he will deepen his specific learning, struggling with the difficulties inherent to operating in strange environments, possibly more complex, that necessarily require greater critical abilities, of decision making and autonomy, before which he should explore academic and personal tools that allow him to respond to those challenges. The student’s monitoring by two supervisors – an academic and an institutional one – intends to minimise the negative impact from the new learning environment, easing the student’s integration on both, in social and professional practice level, clarifying doubts or difficulties felt, and guiding his path through the different experienced situations. Occasional meetings between the supervisors assure the control of the learning process by the University, as well as a more informed and adjusted guidance through the student’s difficulties and potentialities. At the end of internship, the development of a Report on the hosting institution and the conducted activities will call forth their synthesis capacities and promote the critic and self-critic reasoning.
Reading:
A bibliografia é selecionada em correspondência com as atividades desenvolvidas por cada aluno no contexto do seu Plano de Estágio.
Bibliography is selected in accordance to the activities developed by each student within the context of his Internship Plan.