Applied Heritage Conservation Techniques

Subject ABPL90385 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 11-Jul-2016 to 22-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Aug-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Jul-2016
Census Date 22-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 12-Aug-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to a graduate degree at the Melbourne School of Design

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 Gareth Wilson



The Eastern Precinct (building 138)
(between Doug McDonell building and Eastern Resource Centre)

Current Students: Contact Stop 1

Subject Overview:

Students will gain a theoretical and practical overview of heritage conservation techniques. The subject will introduce students to the main conservation issues affecting built heritage in relation to both structural issues, as well as those impacting interior and exterior decorative finishes. Students will learn how to diagnose common conservation issues and explore the various treatment options available. Starting with a general discussion of built heritage conservation, students will then focus on specific issues associated with individual construction materials, including stone, metal, brick, wood, glass, and concrete. Lectures will be backed by laboratory sessions and fieldwork at heritage places across Melbourne to observe conservation issues in situ.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students should have:
• a theoretical understanding of the major conservation issues affecting heritage places
• an appreciation of conservation issues specific to individual construction materials, and how these manifest in the built environment
• developed practical skills for identifying and treating common heritage conservation issues

  • One 1000 word technical report, due during the teaching period 20%;
  • One 2500 word essay on chosen conservation material, due five weeks after end of teaching period 50%;
  • One 1500 word journal documenting intensive , due at the end of teaching period 30%.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills and capabilities:

  • Understanding of the characteristics and relative compatibility of building materials;
  • Ability to accurately record existing building conditions;
  • Undertaker a general survey of common conservation issues affecting heritage buildings.
Related Course(s): 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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