Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0471 (AF:314785 AR:168661)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Term
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This course of lectures will provide, also through practical sessions, basic knowledge about available diagnostic techniques useful to support the study of artefacts.

Attending lectures, self study of course contents (slides and lecture notes, reference texts) and participation to practical diagnostic sessions will allow students to reach the following goals:

1. knowledge and understanding
● to know main diagnostic techniques currently available
● to know advantages and limitations, and applicability of these techniques to the study of artefacts
● to know related technical vocabulary

2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
● to know how to evaluate the added value of diagnostic investigation to the study of artefacts
● to know how to correctly apply technical terminology in application and communication of acquired knowledge

3. Judgement
● to know how to evaluate the need of diagnostic investigation to support the historical study
● to know how to formulate basic hypothesis of diagnostic investigation of an artefact

4. Communication skills
● to know how to interact with other students and with the professor in a critical and educationally responsible manner
● to know how to communicate own evaluations of diagnostic results with suitable terminology

5. Ability to learn
● to know how to correctly take notes, critically evaluate and share them in a collaborative way
● to know how to critically examine suggested bibliography

No prerequisite is required
- Description of available diagnostic techniques for supporting the study of artefacts
- Examples of practical applications of available diagnostic techniques for the investigation of artefacts
- onsite diagnostic sessions with non invasive diagnostic instrumentation on representative artefacts (according to availability of host institutions)
- O. Piccolo, E. Puppin, Tecniche diagnostiche per i beni culturali (Maggioli Ed. 2008)

- Selected papers from national and international scientific journals
The oral examination, based on 3 questions, will be focused on specific arguments discussed during the lectures and onsite sessions, with the aim to verify acquired knowledge and capability in the interpretation of results obtained through applied techniques according to investigated artefacts. The student must demonstrate to have critically understood issues related to the application of diagnostic techniques to artefacts, and to discuss acquired knowledge and competences with adequate language skills.
teacher up-front lessons in combination with slides; onsite diagnostic investigations on representative artefacts.
Modification to syllabus will be pointed out during the lectures.
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 21/05/2019