Analytical Chemistry in Conservation

Subject CUMC90031 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

September, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 14-Sep-2015 to 25-Sep-2015
Assessment Period End 23-Oct-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 16-Sep-2015
Census Date 25-Sep-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 09-Oct-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is taught intensively between 14 - 25 September 2015This includes 2 lectures and 2 two hour seminars per day; pre-teaching preparation 24 August – 13 September 2015 During the pre-teaching period students familiarise with the course, undertake readings and any pre-teaching tasks. Subject information and reading materials is available via the Learning Management System (LMS) through the student portal.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Cultural Material Conservation (MC-CULMC). Subject prerequisite CUMC90032 Technical Examination and Documentation (or equivalent) and CUMC90033 Conservation Materials Chemistry

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
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:


Dr Petronella Nel


Petronella Nell


Subject Overview:

This subject aims to provide students with an introduction to the fundamental principles and practical applications of the major analytical techniques used in cultural materials conservation. The subject builds upon the students' knowledge gained in CUMC40007 Technical Examination and Documentation, and CUMC40008 Conservation Materials Chemistry. Students learn to devise appropriate testing regimes, prepare samples, undertake analysis and manage analytical data.

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:

  • understand the role and practical application of analysis in conservation
  • have the ability to evaluate research literature, select appropriate analytical methods, determine analytical pathways, and prepare samples for analysis

one 1000 word technical report due week 10 (20%),

two 1000 word analysis reports due week 11 (20% each)

one 2000 word technical report due week 12 (40%)

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 Materials Conservation

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