Conservation Materials Chemistry

Subject CUMC90033 (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:

May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-May-2015 to 05-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 03-Jul-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 27-May-2015
Census Date 05-Jun-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 19-Jun-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is taught intensively between 25 May to 5 June 2015 This includes 2 lectures and 2 two hour seminars per day; pre-teaching preparation 4 - 24 May 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 or Advanced Graduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Material Conservation)

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


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
  • two technical reports, 1,000 words due Friday 5 June (winter, week 1) (20%)
  • two technical reports, 1,000 words due Friday 12 June (winter, week 2) (20%)
  • three technical reports, 1,500 words due Friday 19 June (winter, week 3) (30%)
  • three technical reports, 1,500 words due Friday 26 June (winter, week 4) (30%)
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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