Conservation Materials Chemistry

Subject CUMC40008 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

May, 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A five day intensive symposium from 9.00 to 17.00, 7-11 May 2012; pre-teaching preparation 24 April - 6 May
Total Time Commitment:

Total time commitment 120 hours


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation) or relevant postgraduate course or admission to the Master of Cultural Material Conservation



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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


Dr Petronella Nel

Subject Overview:

Students gain an understanding of the chemistry of cultural heritage materials and of products. It examines the relationship between conservation, chemical structure, properties, solvents, adhesives, consolidants, paints; and their interaction with cultural heritage objects.


Upon completion of this subject students should:

  • comprehend the relationship between chemistry and cultural heritage conservation
  • have an understanding of the chemical structure of cultural heritage items
  • have an awareness of the interaction of chemicals with cultural heritage items

Ten laboratory reports 500 words, each worth 10% will be due over the assessment period from 7 May - 11 June 2012

Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of workshops/tutorials in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per day; after five days, no late assessment will be accepted. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available in the pre-teaching period. Additional texts may be recommended.

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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