Analytical Chemistry in Conservation

Subject CUMC40006 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour tutorial or practical class per week
Total Time Commitment: Total time commitment 120 hours
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Cultural Material Conservation. subject prerequisite 108-400 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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Petronella Nel


Petronella Nell x40354
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 qualit


Upon completion of this subject students should:

  • understand the role and practical application of analysis in conservation
  • have the ability to evaluate research literature, select appropriate analytical methods, determine analytical pathways, and prepare samples for analysis







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:

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Cultural Material Conservation
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation)

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