Conservation Materials Chemistry

Subject CUMC40008 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is taught intensively between 19 - 30 May 2014; pre-teaching preparation 28 April - 18 May 2014
Total Time Commitment:

Total time commitment 120 hours


Admission to the Master of Cultural Material Conservation (MC-CULMC) or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation) (095CM)



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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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.

During the pre-teaching period students are expected to complete the course readings, review the lectures and any other course preparation as outlined on the LMS. The LMS will become available at the commencement of the pre-teaching dates.

Learning Outcomes:

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 technical reports 500 words, each worth 10% will be due over the assessment period from 19 May - 23 June 2014.

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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
200 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
Cultural Material Conservation

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