International Master Course on Integrated Survey and Graphic Restitution Techniques of Archaeological Sites – Level 1
International Master Course on Integrated Survey and Graphic Restitution Techniques of Archaeological Sites – Level 1

  • 01, Sep / 30, Jun 2020
  • Kore University of Enna,Italy

Since the ‘80s of last century the use of informatics and electronic devices in archaeology saw an always increasing importance. In recent years 3D mapping and digital modelling offered more reliable and efficient tools for the study and analysis of ancient sites, giving the chance to archaeologists, heritage professionals and other stakeholders to get over some “destructive” aspects related to investigation activities and gathering both three-dimensional and image data through which it is possible to precisely record any archaeological evidence.

At the end of the programme, students who pass the final exams will be awarded a 1st level university Master’s Degree for those in possession of a B.Sc. degree, or the II level univesity Master’s degree for those enrolled in possession of a M.Sc.

Programme Outline

– Aims and professional opportunities The program provides students with key qualifications for positions in engineering, archaeology , and conservation that will grant a specialisation in a continuously expanding branch of research. Students will fully obtain the following skills and knowledge (Dublin Descriptors): - Knowledge and Understanding Capabilities: the course aims at providing students with an understanding of theories and methods in Archaeology, of traditional, topographic and advanced survey techniques developed for archaeological sites. - Applied Knowledge and Understanding Capabilities: through practice students will be able to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired during the course within real case studies. - Independent Assessment: the theoretical study along with the simultaneous technical-practical activity provide students with key instruments that give them the ability to evaluate common options of activities, tied to the understanding, interpretation and divulgation of the complex 3D data of the archaeological sites. Students will study how to make operative decisions in the integrated survey field, assess technical alternatives and assume responsibility for the best procedural choices made, both during the gathering phase of data as well as the processing phase of two and three dimensional graphics development.

Master Course I/II Level in “Integrated Survey and Graphic Restitution Techniques of Archaeological Sites” 2
Kore University of Enna Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

In collaboration

- Communication Skills: students will learn to use appropriate technical language, in particular drawing terminology, in order to present projects, ideas and explain problems and solutions as they interact directly with specialists as well as with common users of the investigated site. - Learning Capabilities: the course requires that students be able to develop the capability of gathering information and knowledge from various sources to create a deep overview and a complete training. This aspect is particularly important as future heritage specialists are required to be autonomous and consistent in their continued professional training and updating.

. Pre - requisites for enrollment The course is open to candidates having successfully completed Italian B.Sc. course in Engineering, Architecture, B.A. in Humanities, Cultural Heritage, Archaeology and Conservation, or any equivalent course, according to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 4. Maximum and minimum number of students The course is open to a maximum of 40 students and it will be activated only if a minimum number of 20 students has the minimum requisites for admission


Applicants must attach the following documentation during the on-line registration procedure to the master: - Copy of the personal identification document - In case of title obtained abroad: - copy of the academic title required for admission with diploma supplement (list of exams and grades), translated into Italian - copy of the "Declaration of value" issued by Italian representation competent for territory in the country of the institution that issued the title (only if already available) - Letters of reference; - Motivational letter; - Curriculum vitae highlighting the professional experience in working areas pertaining to the master;

Master Course I/II Level in “Integrated Survey and Graphic Restitution Techniques of Archaeological Sites” 3
Kore University of Enna Faculty of Engineering and Architecture

In collaboration

- Scuba diving licence (not mandatory).

Applicants in possession of a title obtained abroad must, before registration, deliver the documentation in the original to the university accompanied by legal translation by the Italian embassy or other consular representative. The requirements must be held within the deadline for submission of the application for admission.

-Selection process Admission to the Master is done after selection, by qualifications. The selection is in any case expected even in the presence of a number of requests for participation that is lower than the number of places banned. In particular, the evaluation will be aimed at verifying the adequacy of the qualifications presented by the candidate with the application. They will be evaluated for admission to the Master: - degree mark (max 20 points); - any experience gained in relevant in-service activities (max 10); - any other titles present in the curriculum (max 10 points) - publications (max 10 points); - motivation to participate (max 10 points) Students attending the merit list drawn up by the Commission of selection and made public on the University website, as individual notification for all interested parties, will be admitted to the Master's degree. At the same total score, the ranking will be determined on the basis of the age of the candidates, from the youngest to the oldest (Article 2, paragraph 9, Law 16/06/1998 n.191) .

Important Dates
The course will start in September 2019.

The deadline for admission form submission is June 30th, 2019. Selection process will be carried out in July 2019 and acceptance notice will be delivered by the end of July 2019. 


Students may select one of the following venues to complete the course and receive certification:

Enna, Italy

The course will be held at the University of Enna "Kore" (Italy) – School of Engineering and Architecture from 1 Sep/ 30 June 2020. The course should last a duration of 3 weeks and a total of 120 hours. Laboratory work and final examinations will be held in the university. 


Students who will not be able to travel may attend lectures in classrooms in one of IEREK's offices in Cairo or Alexandria. However, students will be required to complete Laboratory work (120 hours – 3 weeks) and final exams at the University of Enna in Italy.


In order to facilitate the participation of foreign students, lectures may be also available online in real time.  However, students will be required to complete Laboratory work (120 hours – 3 weeks) and final exams at the University of Enna in Italy.

Each student has to guarantee a minimum course attendance (in presence or online) equal to 70% of the total temporal duration.Minimum attendance applies to each learning module and to the training stage period.

Programme Structure

The official course language is English. Each module will be formed by lectures, project work and laboratory activities, individual study.

Learning modules

Subject code (*)

Lectures [h]

Lab and practice activity

Individual work



Urban Planning and Urban Resilient Infrastructure 







3D Survey and Representation for urban services and lifelines







Urban transport services planning and management  







Urban water systems management 







Water supply and waste water treatment              














Training stage in agencies and private firms working on NCI management







Final dissertation














(*) according to Italian Regulation


Learning modules                                                                                                                 45 ECTS

  1. - Urban Planning and Urban Resilient Infrastructure (ICAR/21)                            9 ECTS

Aim: In the contemporary city the road and the infrastructure networks dominate the territory; the city assumes the definition of a strongly interconnected urban network. The contemporary city is transformed into a functional articulation dominated by the system of flows and by material and immaterial movements. The Course will analyze, through an integrated, flexible and multidisciplinary methodology, the relationship between urban planning and transport planning, focusing on their direct impacts on environment and on urban development; in particular will be implemented a cognitive system ok knowledge that will link the evaluation of territory with the implication concerning infrastructure projects, especially related to the infrastructure’s connections and sustainable mobility.

Contents: The course aims to provide the spatial planning’s tools to operate in this complex environment. Will be treated the different tools and the different policies, that, at the different scales and in various countries, have been successful projects innovating the discipline; will be analyzed the complex relationship between ordinary urban planning and transport planning, with a particular focus on strategic planning and on urban and territorial governance. The city, the infrastructure and the public space will also be investigated from the point of view of urban resilience and they will be seen as opportunities for the mitigation of natural hazards. The environmental impact of infrastructural projects will also be developed, through some best practices, as the urban and infrastructural project that can become a successful territorial project.

  1. - 3D Survey and Representation for urban services and lifelines (ICAR/06)      9 ECTS

Aim: The course aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of theories and practices related to current 3D survey techniques, both image and range based, and 2D-3D graphic representation applied to urban environments. Through field practice, students will be able to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired during the course to real case studies. Students gradually will learn how to independently use professional instruments (total station, GPS, 3D laser scanner, drone) and the operating techniques of surveying. Furthermore, they will develop skills in data integration as well as in processing and representing of data on topographic, photogrammetric, CAD and 3D modelling software.

Contents: Topographic instruments and techniques; GPS positioning and referencing; photogrammetric methods and photo-modelling; 3D laser scanning; mobile mapping systems; integrated surveys; numerical data and graphic representation; 2D-3D graphic representation of urban contexts and services.

  1. - Urban transport services planning and management (ICAR/05)                           9 ECTS

Aim: The course aims to the students to assess current mobility problems and prepare participatory and feasible strategies; to orient to develop an alternative paradigm for urban mobility that seeks to improve accessibility by introducing more efficient, inclusive, safe, affordable and clean public transport; to  introduce to innovative mobility such as ITS , Sharing and Electric Mobility in a compact city planning. The course will focus on practical aspects with the study of a real case study with the identification of the most results on urban area linked to the Public Transport system and sharing mobility

Contents: Definition of sustainable mobility; ITS definition and application; Sharing and Electric Mobility; Best practice on Strategic Urban Mobility Planning; Best practice on Public Transport System; Exploitation of data to increase efficiency; Autonomous vehicles & connectivity: technology, regulation, impacts; Mobility as a Service (MaaS): concept and practice; Ride sourcing/TNC & transport on demand.

  1. Urban water systems management (ICAR/01)                                                          9 ECTS

Aim: the course aims to prepare the students to the management of hydraulics infrastructures in an efficient way, also taking into account the scarcer and less reliable water resources. Following the International Water Association three main topic must be addressed: 1) Domestic/ non-domestic water efficiency or conservation programmes; 2) Sources and scale of water dispersion in urban area; 3) Water Use Efficiency in Energy and Agriculture.

Contents: Water distribution networks: design and management; leakages in water systems; numerical model for estimation of underground water dispersion; analysis of the energy recovery in urban water system: theoretical and numerical models; water efficiency in sub-urban applications: numerical models for the optimization of irrigation systems.

  1. - Water supply and waste water treatment   (ICAR/03)                                        9 ECTS

Aim: the course aims to provide to students the basic knowledge for management and design of water treatment plants, in order to produce drinking water or to reuse or discharge treated wastewater in the respect of the law. Specifically, the course will complete the “store of knowledge” in the area of Environmental Engineering, focusing the lectures on practical aspects and real case study analysis.

Contents: In order to facilitate and verify the gradual learning, during the lessons, simultaneous exercitations are foreseen. They concern the development of the project and calculation according to the topics of the course. In particular there will be proposed the following: exercitations for the development of a preliminary project of a municipal wastewater treatment plant (team work); overall calculation for the project of a complete drinking water treatment system (individual work).

Training stage in agencies and private firms working on NCI management                 12 ECTS

Final dissertation                                                                                                                  3 ECTS

(*) Master ECTS allow successful students to enroll with credits to the M.Sc. Course in Civil Infrastructure management and maintenance

Evaluation procedure

At the end of each teaching module, students will be asked to successfully complete a final exam based on a written test on the contents of each module and an oral discussion based on the results of the project/practical activities carried out during the course. The average final mark, according to the Italian regulation, will be numerical with a maximum value equal to 30. Final marks lower than 18 will be insufficient. Insufficient exams can be repeated only once.

- Final dissertation

At the end of the course, students will have to prepare a final thesis, based on stage activities, with the supervision of one of the teachers of the course. The final dissertation will be evaluated by an examination commission with a mark between 1 and 10 and it will be summed to the final course mark. The final course mark will be given by the average of all course activities weighted on the number of ECTS per each activity.

Fees and Scholarships

The cost of the course is fixed on a “first come, first served” basis according to the following table. Discounts applies for early registrants and for B. Sc. and M. Sc. students of University of Enna “Kore”.


UKE students (before 30th March 2019)

Early bird registration (before 30th March 2019)

Regular registration

Late registration (after 1st June 2019)

At the registration

3,500.00 Euros

3,500.00 Euros

3,750.00 Euros

4,000.00 Euros

By 30th December 2019


2,500.00 Euros

2,750.00 Euros

3,000.00 Euros

- Two full cost scholarships will be granted to those students best performing at the end of the course. Classification will be based on the final course mark (without considering dissertation marks) and winners will be appointed during final dissertation. Scholarships may be used for future registrations to M.Sc. courses or Master courses at University of Enna “Kore”.