Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0471 (AF:331600 AR:179374)
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 basic knowledge about main available diagnostic techniques supportiing the investigation of artifacts.

Attending lectures, self study of course contents (slides and lecture notes, reference texts) 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 such techniques to the study of artifacts
● to know the 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 artifacts
● to know how to correctly apply the technical terminology in application and communication of acquired knowledge

3. Judgment

● to know how to evaluate the need of diagnostic investigation to support the historical information
● to know how to formulate basic hypothesis about diagnostic investigation of an artifact

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 artifacts
- Examples of practical applications of available diagnostic techniques for the investigation of artifacts

- O. Piccolo, E. Puppin, Tecniche diagnostiche per i beni culturali (Maggioli Ed. 2008)

- Selected papers from national and international scientific journals
Until the end of COVID emergency, the verification of learning will take place through a written text based on 3 open-ended questions to be completed within 90 min ("open book" online mode), which will be focused on specific arguments discussed during the lectures, with the aim to verify acquired knowledge and capability in the interpretation of results obtained through applied techniques in relationship to investigated artifacts. The student must demonstrate to have critically understood issues related to the application of diagnostic techniques to artifacts, and to discuss acquired knowledge and competences with adequate language skills.
teacher up-front lessons in combination with slides;
Modification to syllabus will be pointed out during the lectures

According to future COVID outbreak regulations and to availability of host institutions, onsite diagnostic sessions with non invasive diagnostic instrumentation on representative artifacts could be arranged in some Venice museums.
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 23/06/2020