Analytical Chemistry in Conservation

Subject 108-450 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour tutorial or practical class each week
Total Time Commitment: Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 108449 Conservation Materials Chemistry
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Petronella Nel


Petronella Nell

Subject Overview: This subject aims to provide students with an introduction to the fundamental principles and practical applications of the major analytical techniques used in cultural materials conservation. The subject builds upon the students' knowledge gained in Conservation Materials Chemistry. It covers the use of analytical techniques relevant to the conservation of cultural heritage, including micro-chemical testing, mass spectrometry, atomic absorption and emission spectroscopy. Students learn to devise appropriate testing regimes, prepare samples, undertake analysis and manage analytical quality.
Assessment: A 1000 word technical paper, 20% (due mid semester), a 3000 word technical report / group project, 60% (due end of semester) and a 1000 word class power point presentation, 20% (due end of semester)
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • On completion of this subject students should understand the role and practical application of analysis in conservation. They should have the ability to evaluate research literature; to select appropriate analytical methods, determine analytical pathways, and prepare samples for analysis
Related Course(s): Master of Cultural Material Conservation

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