Science and Technology for Studying and Preserving the Cultural Heritage and Information Storage Media

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Science and Technology for Studying and Preserving the Cultural Heritage and Information Storage Media
Course sheet
A.Y. 2021/2022
Bachelor
L-43 - Conservation and restoration of culturale heritage
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Open with admission self-assessment test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
This bachelor program is devoted to train up scientific professionals specialized for Studying and Preserving the Cultural Heritage and Information Storage Media.
People who get this bachelor's degree have specific methodological, scientific, and technological knowledge needed for:
- evaluating the state of preservation of cultural heritage, its morphological-structural characteristics, and the properties of its constituting materials;
- the identification, risks' evaluation, diagnosis and rescuing actions for avoiding deterioration processes in cultural heritage with respect to archaeological sites, historical-artistic artifacts, museum collections, information storage media and related contents;
- restoring of information storage media and related contents;
- taking the scientific-technological leadership of institutions and professional organizations devoted to the preservation, management, and maintenance of cultural heritage, and also of private professional organizations devoted to conservative restoration and environmental rescuing;
- being able to exchange professional oral and written information in at least a couple of European languages (tipically italian and english);
- doing operative actions for the communication, preservation, fruition, and management of information concerning cultural heritage;
- working in the frame of a team, with a high level of autonomy, easily joining a working environment.
A robust basic scientific education is coupled to this specialistic qualification, so that students acquire fundamental scientific and professional methodologies.
People who get the bachelor's degree in Science and Technology for Studying and Preserving the Cultural Heritage and Information Storage Media will conduct their professional activities for public and private institutions whose focus is on cultural heritage such as museums, libraries, archives, and also for professional companies working in the fields of archaelogical excavations, preservation and restoring of cultural heritage , information, and related storage media.
Specific roles and professional skills of people who get the bachelor's degree in Science and Technology for Studying and Preserving the Cultural Heritage and Information Storage Media, are only partially considered in the classification made by ISTAT, and particularly they are somewhat close to PROFESSIONI INTELLETTUALI, SCIENTIFICHE E DI ELEVATA SPECIALIZZAZIONE (2.5.4.5, 2.5.5.1.3); the main reason follows from the recent definition of new professional figures concerning Science and Technology for Studying and Preserving the Cultural Heritage and Information Storage Media.
This bachelor program is devoted to train up professional figures such as:
- experts in geoarchaelogy and archaeometry, skilled for the study, diagnosis, and preservation of archaelogical sites and artifacts, and also for supporting excavations' activities;
- experts in the application of analytical techniques for supporting historical-philological studies, characterizing materials and the causes of their degradation state, and defining needed rescuing actions;
- experts specialized in the exploitation of historical, scientific, technological, naturalistic cultural heritage: they will be able in understanding, diagnosis, preserving, managing, cataloguing, digitazing, exploitation, and cultural promotion;
- experts in the analysis of the preservation state, in the definition and application of the more efficient techniques for preserving, organizing, exploiting, and restoring of both information storage media (analogue and digital) and the related information contents.

Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
Erasmus is a grant that finances the study abroad experience at a partner university, as part of bilateral agreements with selected universities and research centers in many foreign countries. When abroad, students attend courses, carry out research activities or do an internship.
In order to get these grants, students must contact a professor of this program who will scientifically supervise the exchange. Every topic related to this program is suitable. Two types of grants are available:
Erasmus+, for attending courses and carry out research activities (refer to the call in the Geological Sciences area).
Erasmus+ Traineeship, exclusively for internships.
For Erasmus+, see the call on the Geology area in the unimi.it website. Among other agreements, please have a look at the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by TEI, Technological Educational Institute, Atene (Grecia), who has a special agreement with this program.
The call for Erasmus+ Traineeship is published on the unimi.it website for all programs. In the recent past, Traneeship partners were: Cergy-Pontoise (France), Poitiers (France), Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Ghent (Belgium). Anyway, new agreements with other universities or research centers can be signed if a professor of this program has some scientific collaboration with them. Apart from courses and exams, any activity carried out at the abroad institution is worth 3 credits (CFU) per month.
The "learning agreement" between professors at the home and abroad institution will define the activities the student will carry out. This document, together with the transcript of the exams and other research activities, will allow for the acknowledgment of such activities by this program.
To attend courses and take exams abroad has many advantages. In addition to being an unconventional experience in a student's life, it offers a big opportunity to practice in the local language. The students will also experience and compare different teaching systems, gaining more flexibility in their studying activities. Finally, the study abroad experience is in some cases a good opportunity to use facilities otherwise not available (for example, special equipment for experiments), work with large research groups on a cosmopolitan scale.

Attendance is strongly recommended for both courses and laboratories.

Enrollment

Admission requirements
 Applicants to the degree programme in Science and Technology for Studying and Preserving the Cultural Heritage and Information Storage Media must hold an upper secondary-school diploma or an equivalent qualification obtained abroad.
Admission to the programme is open, with a mandatory non-selective test prior to enrolment.

Admission assessment
As a rule, candidates are required to sit for the TOLC (Test Online CISIA) at the University of Milan or any other member university of CISIA (Consortium of Inter-University Integrated Access Systems). Register to the TOLC test on the CISIA website (www.cisiaonline.it).
 The TOLC tests required for enrolment on the Bachelor's degree programme in Science and Technology for Studying and Preserving the Cultural Heritage and Information Storage Media are TOLC-S and TOLC-B.
 Students may enrol only after sitting one of these tests, WHATEVER THE RESULT:
- TOLC-S, divided into 4 sections: basic mathematics (20 questions - 50 minutes), reasoning and problems (10 questions - 20 minutes), reading comprehension (10 questions - 20 minutes), basic sciences (10 questions - 20 minutes).
- TOLC-B, divided into 4 sections: basic mathematics (20 questions - 50 minutes), biology (10 questions - 20 minutes), physics (10 questions - 20 minutes), chemistry (10 questions - 20 minutes).
 Each question has 5 answer options, of which only one is correct.
Score: +1 for a correct answer, -0.25 for a wrong answer, 0 for a a no answer.

Each TOLC test includes an additional English section, consisting of 30 questions to be answered in 15 minutes. This section does not count toward the overall test score.

Test structure and topics, registration procedures, dates, deadlines and any other useful information are set out in the call for applications.
See also https://www.unimi.it/en/study/bachelor-and-master-study/degree-programme-enrolment/enrolment-first-degree-programme


Additional learning requirements (OFA) and remedial activities
First-year students who have not achieved at least 10 points in the mathematics module will have to fulfil additional learning requirements (OFA).
Students with additional learning requirements will have to carry out remedial activities organised by the University in the period October-December, and then take a test to prove they have filled their gaps. Otherwise, they may not take any second-year or optional exams before passing the General Mathematics exam.
For information:   https://conservazionebeniculturali.cdl.unimi.it/it/studiare/le-matricole   
 
 Admission of transfer or graduate students
 Transfer students from a degree programme of the University of Milan, or another university, and graduate students will be waived from the test only if admitted to years subsequent to the first.
To this end, they will have to submit a specific request for prior assessment of their academic career using the online service stated in the call for applications.
These candidates must provide a full transcript of records (listing exams, subject areas, credits, grades) and attach the course syllabi. For more details, please refer to the call for applications.
The request for career assessment must be submitted no later than 10 June 2021.
The assessment outcome will be notified by email by 15 July 2021.
Students admitted to the first year will be required to take the test.

Call for applications

Please refer to the call for admission test dates and contents, and how to register.

Application for matriculation: from 15/07/2021 to 30/09/2021

Read the Call

Programme description and courses list
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Methodology of the archaeological research 12 96 Italian L-ANT/10
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
General and inorganic chemistry 6 48 Italian CHIM/03
General mathematics 6 48 Italian MAT/01 MAT/02 MAT/03 MAT/04 MAT/05 MAT/06 MAT/07 MAT/08 MAT/09
Law for cultural heritage 6 48 Italian IUS/10
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Elements of mineralogy and petrography 6 60 Italian GEO/06 GEO/07
General computer science 12 96 Italian INF/01
General physics 6 48 Italian FIS/01
Plant biology 6 64 Italian BIO/02
Probabilistic and statistic methods 6 48 Italian SECS-S/01
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
English assessment B1 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian
be activated by the A.Y. 2022/2023
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Analysis methods for cultural goods 9 72 Italian FIS/07
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Analytical chemistry 9 72 Italian CHIM/01 CHIM/12
Paleontology and stratigraphic geology 6 48 Italian GEO/01 GEO/02
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Cultural Heritage Microbiology 6 56 Italian AGR/16
Restoration of cultural heritage 6 48 Italian ICAR/19
be activated by the A.Y. 2023/2024
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Training 10 0 Italian
Conclusive activities
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final exam 6 0 Italian
year
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Elements of optics and nuclear physics 9 72 Italian FIS/03 FIS/04
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Anthropology 6 48 Italian BIO/08
Chemistry of materials 6 48 Italian CHIM/05 ING-IND/23
Contemporary museology 6 48 Italian ING-IND/23 L-ART/04
Entomology for cultural goods 6 48 Italian AGR/11
History of technology 9 72 Italian FIS/08
Multimedial techa organization and digitalization 6 48 Italian INF/01
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Archaeometallurgy 6 48 Italian ING-IND/23
Archaeozoology 9 72 Italian BIO/05
Archival studies 6 48 Italian M-STO/08
Chemical and physical methods for the cultural goods conservation 9 72 Italian CHIM/02
Chemico-physical methods for conservation and restoration of cultural heritage 9 72 Italian CHIM/02
Geoarchaeology and quaternary geology 12 96 Italian GEO/04
Methods and languages for data management 6 48 Italian INF/01
Non-destructive analyses 6 48 Italian ING-IND/23
Organic chemistry 9 72 Italian CHIM/06
X-ray methodologies for cultural goods 6 48 Italian FIS/03 FIS/04
Open sessions
There are no specific sessions for these activities (e.g. open online courses).
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Stage 8 0 Italian
Optional activities and study plan rules
a - LO STUDENTE DOVRA' CONSEGUIRE 39 CFU SCEGLIENDO NON PIU' DI 5 FRA GLI INSEGNAMENTI AFFINI E INTEGRATIVI DELLA SEGUENTE TABELLA.

Nota 1: l'insegnamento di Organizzazione e digitalizzazione di teche multimediali è propedeutico all'insegnamento di Laboratorio di tecnologie informatiche per la valorizzazione dei beni culturali, attivato nel corso di laurea magistrale in Scienze per la conservazione e la diagnostica dei beni culturali.

Nota 2: "Metodi chimico-fisici per la conservazione e il restauro dei supporti informativi" e "Metodi chimico-fisici per la conservazione dei beni culturali" sono insegnamenti in alternativa.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Anthropology 6 48 Italian First semester BIO/08
Archaeometallurgy 6 48 Italian Second semester ING-IND/23
Archaeozoology 9 72 Italian Second semester BIO/05
Archival studies 6 48 Italian Second semester M-STO/08
Chemical and physical methods for the cultural goods conservation 9 72 Italian Second semester CHIM/02
Chemico-physical methods for conservation and restoration of cultural heritage 9 72 Italian Second semester CHIM/02
Chemistry of materials 6 48 Italian First semester CHIM/05 ING-IND/23
Contemporary museology 6 48 Italian First semester ING-IND/23 L-ART/04
Elements of optics and nuclear physics 9 72 Italian year FIS/03 FIS/04
Entomology for cultural goods 6 48 Italian First semester AGR/11
Geoarchaeology and quaternary geology 12 96 Italian Second semester GEO/04
History of technology 9 72 Italian First semester FIS/08
Methods and languages for data management 6 48 Italian Second semester INF/01
Multimedial techa organization and digitalization 6 48 Italian First semester INF/01
Non-destructive analyses 6 48 Italian Second semester ING-IND/23
X-ray methodologies for cultural goods 6 48 Italian Second semester FIS/03 FIS/04
b - Lo studente dovrà inoltre acquisire 12 CFU scegliendo liberamente tra tutti gli insegnamenti attivati dall'Ateneo, purché culturalmente coerenti con il suo percorso formativo e non sovrapponibili, nei contenuti, agli insegnamenti fondamentali e opzionali già utilizzati nel piano degli studi.
In particolare, rientrano nella scelta tutti gli insegnamenti presenti in questo Manifesto degli studi che rispondano a tali criteri e i seguenti insegnamenti attivati da altri corsi di laurea e laurea magistrale:
CORSO DI LAUREA IN SCIENZE NATURALI (classe L-32)
Biologia generale e ambientale con elementi di istologia (8 cfu)
Geobotanica (6 cfu)
Geopedologia (6 cfu)
CORSO DI LAUREA IN SCIENZE GEOLOGICHE (classe L-34)
Geomorfologia e laboratorio (10 cfu)
CORSO DI LAUREA IN SCIENZE DEI BENI CULTURALI (classe L-1)
Preistoria (9 cfu)
CORSO DI LAUREA MAGISTRALE IN BIOGEOSCIENZE: ANALISI DEGLI ECOSISTEMI E COMUNICAZIONE DELLE SCIENZE (classe LM-60)
Palinologia (6 cfu)
The program of each course indicates the preliminary knowledge necessary to adequately deal with the contents of the course itself. It is the responsibility, as well as the interest, of the student to comply with these indications.
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Seminar and workshop tutor
University and programme transfer tutor
Master's degree admission tutor
Credit recognition tutor
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