Conservation of Architectural Materials

Subject ABPL90300 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 60 hours (i.e. full time): 30 hours of lectures and 30 hours of site visits or practicals during the two week period.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Work experience in architecture or building.

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 nature and behaviour, and appropriate repair and conservation, of the materials of historic buildings, including stone; clay products; mortars; plasters and renders; timber; and metals.

Learning Outcomes:

To be able to recognise architectural materials; diagnose deterioration mechanisms; and propose solutions for their repair and conservation.

  • up to two written and illustrated reports totalling 3000 words or equivalent (50%);
  • a two hour written examination (50%) at the end of the assessment period.
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:

Ability to observe, recognise and assess traditional architectural materials.

Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 point Master of Architecture
300 point Master of Architecture
Melbourne School of Design multidisciplinary elective subjects

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