85453 - Museology, Museography and Virtual Environments (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will acknowledge that when an asset is musealized, it needs special processes: It has to be recognized, it has to be cured, and it needs special care before and after its entrance in the Museum. Students will acquire understanding of museography and museology as theory and practice of the care and interpretation of heritage. Students will be acquainted with the computational processes involved in the discipline, with a focus on virtual museum, and digital curation.

Course contents

  • Museology, definition of museum and differences between Museums, Libraries, Archies and Galleries
  • the essence of curation, and of digital curation
  • history of multimedia
  • definition of virtual museum
  • taxonomy of different kinds of virtual museums
  • museum communication: theory and practice
  • museography, and theory of exhibition (virtual and real)
  • focus on international use case and museum practice
  • long time preservation in museum field
  • virtual environments

Readings/Bibliography

  1. Key concept of museology, by ICOM, http://www.icom-italia.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ICOMItalia.KeyconceptsofMuseology.Pubblicazioni.2010.pdf [https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjX-f7K_4zwAhWDy6QKHb4lBcoQFjAAegQIAxAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.icom-italia.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2018%2F02%2FICOMItalia.KeyconceptsofMuseology.Pubblicazioni.2010.pdf&usg=AOvVaw01YkG39mqF1DRKTLkPJDTK]
  2. ICOM code of ethics https://cimam.org/resources-publications/icom-code-ethics/
  3. Running a museum, a practical guide by ICTOP https://www.obs-traffic.museum/sites/default/files/ressources/files/UNESCO_Running_Museum.pdf or https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000141067
  4. Management of Cultural Heritage, by ICCROM, https://www.iccrom.org/it/publication/managing-cultural-world-heritage (download ENGLISH version)
  5. European frame of reference for Museum Professionals https://www.iccrom.org/publication/first-aid-cultural-heritage-times-crisis

  6. First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, by ICCROM https://www.iccrom.org/publication/first-aid-cultural-heritage-times-crisis
  7. History of multimedia lessons materials, resource on Virtuale
  8. Resources on Virtuale platform, presented during lessons

other resources will be shared in the Virtuale repository with the class, and with students that will not attend the class.



Teaching methods

The course is composed of classroom lessons, exercises in the laboratory, and the designing of a personal or team project.

There will be focus, exercises, discussion forum and assessments on Virtuale platform, that students will follow during all the course duration and after, for non-attending students.

Non attending students are stricly recommended to keep in contact with the professor, to have access to Virtuale platform, that is important in exam preparation.

Assessment methods

The final examination consists on two parts:

  • the discussion of some topics of the course,
  • the discussion of an original project work, about a virtual museum or virtual exhibition that the student will create during the course, and decide during lessons eith the professor.

The original project work can be presented by a single student or a group of students. The personal contribution of each member of a group has to be assessed during the oral colloquium, when the project will be presented.

It will be mandatory to discuss the topic of the final exam with the professor before starting the work. For non attending students, all the meetings will be arranged by emails.

The final evaluation of the student is based on the scores gained for each of the aforementioned points. In particular:

  • excellent evaluation: reaching an in-depth view of all the course topics by discussing the project work with a strong awareness and developing a project following all the principles and guidelines provided to the student during the lectures;
  • sufficient evaluation: reaching a partial view of the course topics shown with the discussion of the project work and providing a minor contribution to the development of the project;
  • insufficient evaluation: either not reaching even partial view on the course topics and presenting a resource largely discussed during the course or not providing any contribution to the project.


Teaching tools

Classes are held in a classroom equipped with personal computers connected to the Intranet and Internet.

There is a repository of useful resources for all the students (attending and non-attending classes)  inside Virtuale platform.

Office hours

See the website of Simona Caraceni