cod. 1007501

Academic year 2017/18
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Indefinito/interdisciplinare (NN)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
40 hours
of face-to-face activities
4 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The course aims to provide the necessary tools to communicate effectively in English in the architectural field.


Students should at least be at B1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference (self-assessment is sufficient).

Course unit content

Ample space will be devoted to technical vocabulary, with insights on different disciplinary areas (history of architecture, architectural composition, restoration, elements, materials and techniques of architecture, structures, design, legislation, surveying). Instructions will also be provided on writing CVs and resumés, formal correspondence, scientific texts, and on giving effective presentations. "Informal" learning channels, such as books, films, videos, and podcasts will also be presented.

Full programme

1)Introduction & History of Architecture
2)Architectural Technology
3)Public speaking and Presentations
4)Restoration and conservation
5)Architectural composition
6)Leisure and informal occasions + Architecture in pop culture
7)Architectural drawing
8)Structural building
9)Writing : from correspondence to scientific texts
12)CVs and portfolios


Ching, Francis DK. A visual dictionary of architecture. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
Fleming, John, Hugh Honour, and Nikolaus Pevsner. The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Penguin Books, 1999.
Hopkins, Owen. Reading architecture: a visual lexicon. Laurence King Publ., 2012.
Maclean, James H., and John S. Scott. The Penguin dictionary of building. Penguin Uk, 1993.

Teaching methods

The lessons, which will take place entirely in English, will encourage the active participation of the students.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exams will be oral and will be graded pass/fail.

Other information

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