Technical Examination and Documentation

Subject CUMC40007 (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 1, 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


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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
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


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Subject Overview:

In this subject, students focus on a range of technical examination and documentation methods, including visual examination using normal and ultraviolet light, photography, infrared reflectography, stereomicroscopy and x-radiography. Sampling methods, spot tests and microscopic identification of materials are also studied. The second half of the subject introduces students to some of the more common instrumental techniques for analysing materials.


    Upon completion of this subject students should:

    • gain an understanding of the processes involved in a range of methods used to examine cultural material.
    • develop the basic skills required for conservation documentation.
    Assessment: Photography, 20% (through semester), a 1000 word technical report, 20% (due mid semester)and a 3000 word essay, 60% (due end of semester)
    Prescribed Texts:

    A subject reader will be available.

    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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