Conservation Assessment and Treatment 2

Subject CUMC90005 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is taught intensively between 18 February - 15 March 2013; pre-teaching preparation 29 January - 17 February 2013
Total Time Commitment:

Total time commitment 240 hours


Completion of 100 points of Cultural Material Conservation subjects and permission of the subject coordinator. CUMC40005 Conservation Assessment and Treatment 1



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Sophie Lewincamp

Subject Overview:

The double unit subject builds on the prerequisite subject. Students undertake more complex assessment, documentation and conservation treatment of artefacts in their field of specialization. They work within professionally accepted ethical and philosophical parameters. Areas of study covered depend on the field of specialisation but are likely to include methods of examination, documentation, cleaning, surface coatings, consolidation, structural repair, loss filling and in painting.


Upon completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to assess and document in detail the condition and treatment requirements of artefacts from their area of specialisation.
  • be able to identify mechanisms of deterioration and will be able propose and undertake treatment of a variety of conservation problems.
  • demonstrate sound and independent critical and ethical thinking in their choice of materials and processes.
  • be able to present written and oral communication to a professional standard regarding their treatment and material choices.

Two 20-minute oral presentations 10% and 15% respectively and practical reports and presentations, the equivalent of 10,000 words (75%) will be due over assessment period from 18 March - 15 April 2013

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): Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
150 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
200 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation

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