Conservation of Materials

Subject ABPL90300 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: full time; i.e. approx 80 hours: 40 hours of class work or site visits during the three week period.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Office experience with a conservation practitioner.

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.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

The characteristics and problems, and appropriate repair and conservation, of the materials of historic buildings including stonemasonary; clay products; lime, cement and concrete; plasters and renders; timeber; and metals.


To give the ability to propose solutions for physical problems including decay, disintegration, structural failure, dampness, corrosion, and discolouration.

  • up to four written and illustrated reports totalling 3000 words or equivalent 50% due during intensive teaching period;
  • two hour written examination 50% at the end of the intensive teaching period.

A pass requires a mark of at least 50% overall and at least 40% in each of the two components

Prescribed Texts:

None specified.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Understanding of the characteristics and relative compatibility of building materials.

Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Design (Heritage)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects (without prerequisites)

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