Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS) in Mechanical Engineering

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS)
Academic Year 2017/2018
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 0949
Course class L-9 - Industrial engineering
Years in which the programme is being held I, II, III
Mode of study Convenzionale
Admission typology Restricted access
Place of teaching Forlì
Programme Director Alessandro Rivola
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission requirements for the degree programme
Admission to the 1st cycle degree programme in Mechanical Engineering is subject to the possession of a five-year secondary school diploma or equivalent suitable qualification obtained abroad, or a four-year secondary school diploma and diploma for the relative supplementary year, or, where no longer active, will be assigned additional learning requirements by the Degree Programme Board on a case-by-case basis.
Admission to the degree programme is also subject to the possession of strong oral and written Italian language skills, logical reasoning skills, knowledge of and ability to use the main results of elementary mathematics and the foundations of experimental sciences.
This shall be assessed as described below:
The 1st cycle degree programme in Mechanical Engineering may have restricted access, depending on the available resources.

1.1. Entrance exam to assess basic knowledge for open access degree programmes
Students must sit an entrance exam to assess basic knowledge, the methods of which will be published on the University Portal. Students registering with a score of less than the minimum threshold indicated on the University Portal will be assigned additional learning requirements (OFA), learning activities covering the knowledge of those subjects included in the first year course units. Additional learning requirements (OFA) are deemed to be completed by passing a specific exam, the methods and terms of which are indicated on the University Portal. At least three exam sessions are expected to be held for additional learning requirements during the academic year.
The deadline for the completion of additional learning requirements is set by the University Bodies and published on the University Portal. Prior to the completion of additional learning requirements, students may in any case sit the exams scheduled for the first year. Students not completing the additional learning requirements by the deadline shall be obliged to enrol in the first year of the study programme again, and will not have the right to apply for shortened programme status.
In the event of:
- Withdrawal from studies;
- Loss of student status;
- Application to opt out of previous degree programme systems;
- Possession of an academic qualification obtained from or learning activities carried out in foreign universities;
- Transfer from another degree programme at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna;
- Transfer from another university;
students are exempted from sitting the entrance exam if in previous academic years they passed the exam at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bologna or another Engineering Faculty that is a member of the Cisia Consortium, or have passed entrance exams for restricted access programmes in architecture, but without subsequently registering.
In the event of accepting the transfer application beyond the usual terms, students who have not been exempted from sitting the entrance exam will be assigned additional learning requirements.

1.2 Entrance exam to assess basic knowledge for restricted access degree programmes
If the programme is run on a restricted access basis, the number of places and selection methods are published annually in the relative call for applications.
Students shall be required to sit an entrance exam to assess their knowledge in order to register for the 1st cycle degree programme. Students registering with a score of less than the minimum threshold laid down in the call for applications will be assigned additional learning requirements (OFA), learning activities covering the knowledge of those subjects included in the first year course units. Additional learning requirements (OFA) are deemed to be completed by passing a specific exam, the methods and terms of which are indicated in the call for applications. At least three exam sessions are expected to be held for additional learning requirements during the academic year.
The deadline for the completion of additional learning requirements is set by the University Bodies and published on the University Portal.
Prior to the completion of additional learning requirements, students may in any case sit the exams scheduled for the first year. Students not completing the additional learning requirements by the deadline shall be obliged to enrol in the first year of the study programme again, and will not have the right to apply for shortened programme status.

Programme profile

The 1st cycle degree in Mechanical Engineering specifically aims to produce professional figures with an understanding of the methodological and operational aspects of basic engineering sciences, particularly focusing on the specific aspects of mechanical engineering, without neglecting the general aspects of engineering for industry. In particular, Mechanical Engineers have distinctive skills compared to other graduates in the same class. Indeed, the learning profile of Mechanical Engineering graduates allows them to perform professional activities including the design, modelling, optimisation and engineering of medium-complex components, systems, plants and processes, assessing their reliability, quality and safety, as well as the operation and assistance of technical and commercial structures in companies in the industrial engineering, and specifically in the mechanical engineering fields.

Graduates in Mechanical Engineering acquire a solid grounding in the methodological and operational aspects of basic sciences and engineering sciences, privileging the specific aspects of mechanical engineering without neglecting more general areas of engineering for industry; they are guided through a process of knowledge and understanding of the fundamental methods and instruments for designing mechanical components, machinery, systems and processes and the management and maintenance of production, industrial and mechanical plants. Their training is completed and integrated with significant experience in the laboratory, elements of contemporary business culture and organisation and appropriate knowledge of a foreign language.

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum produces graduates with a solid and flexible background based on the in-depth technical and scientific knowledge gained during the curriculum, which they can successfully put to use in the world of work or to continue studies to 2nd cycle degree level. Having passed the state examination, in compliance with the applicable regulations, mechanical engineering graduates may work in a freelance capacity (feasibility studies, design, technical arbitration, technical expert for parties and on behalf of the courts, etc.).

Expected learning outcomes

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Internship

Third-year students may participate in a curricular internship of 150-200 hours (6 credits) in firms that have agreements with the University of Bologna, either in Italy or abroad, or in facilities of the Degree itself. Students may also choose to carry out part of their final project through an internship. The organisation may be chosen directly by students or proposed by professors or by the Internship Office. The internship represents an important opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience of the world of work. Students who work already may request that this experience be recognised as a substitute to a work placement, as long as the experience is in line with the degree learning outcomes.

Rules for the recognition of the working activity in lieu of the internship period in the Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

For the Degree in Mechanical Engineering the working activity shall be in compliance with the following specifications, approved by the Board on July 4 2012.

The working activity must comply the following conditions:

  • working activity has been carried out within 2 years maximum before the date of submission of the request;
  • typical tasks comparable to Mechanical Engineer roles are acceptable. Tasks proper of laborer or workman or similar will not be considered;
  • participation in training courses is not deemed satisfactory to the educational purposes of the internship.

The internship activity is examined after completion with a simple pass/fail criterion.

Internships

Extra-curricular activities

The Degree Programme provides seminars, conferences and supplementary courses held by internal professors, foreign professors and qualified professional figures.

International mobility

Bologna University offers its students a series of study and training programmes abroad, both in Europe and worldwide. The University of Bologna is part of international networks, in particular it signs many Bilateral Agreements within the Erasmus+ programme and agreements with country outside Europe (Overseas programme).
Participation in the networks is aimed at promoting the cooperation between universities, while the agreements contribute to enhance academic relations for students, professors and researchers exchange.

Students can choose to carry out part of their final project or internship abroad.

Student Mobility Tutor e-mail: ingarc.vpce.internazionalizzazioneforli@unibo.it

Studying abroad

An international dimension to the School of Engineering and Architecture

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica/magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

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More information

To improve the learning opportunities available to the students the degree programme provides teaching and research laboratories.

Contact details

Degree Programme Secretariat

Student Administration Office

Degree Programme Tutor

Functions:

The Tutor acts as an interface between the students and the Degree Programme to offer a tangible reference for the teaching activities, to collect information and comments, as well as to receive any claims or feedbacks about existing critical conditions and, in general, the students' requests regarding logistic and organizational aspects or other issues.
He/she has also the function of providing a personalized support to learning, with the objective of maintaining the contacts with students who may for various reasons (for example, job activities) encounter major difficulties at tests/exams and of setting up a clear programming for their studies and career. The Tutor participates into the orientation activities, provides support to the Degree Programme Coordinator in the management of students' practices, and collaborates in the activities for the surveying of students' opinion about the teaching activities.

Reference contact: Andrea Togni

E-mail: ingarc.vpce.tutormeccanica@unibo.it