Conservation Research and OBL

Subject CUMC90004 (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:

January, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 04-Jan-2016
Teaching Period 25-Jan-2016 to 05-Feb-2016
Assessment Period End 29-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Jan-2016
Census Date 29-Jan-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 12-Feb-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 32.5 hours – 11 hours of lectures and 21.5 hours of seminars
Total Time Commitment:

Total time commitment 170 hours

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 Nicole Tse



Subject Overview:

The subject builds upon the prerequisite subject and extends the focus of materials and techniques of artefacts to also encompass theoretical discussions and methodologies for object based learning in conservation research. Students focus on a more detailed study of objects and the history, manufacture, value and use of traditional and modern materials, their properties and behaviour, more complex chemical and physical deterioration processes, and the wider contexts for the evaluation of objects in conservation research. Drawing on non-invasive examination, scientific pathways, identification of degredation and damage, reconstruction and other ways of 'knowing' the life of objects, students will use an interdisciplinary approach to object based learning in conservation research. Areas of focus will include: Objects - a variety of organic, inorganic and composite artefacts; Paper - papers, traditional printing, photographic and digital processed, pigments, binders and book binding technologies; Easel paintings - easel painting supports, grounds, pigments, binders and coatings.

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 be able to:

  • develop a theoretical framework for object based learning in conservation research;
  • identify and characterise artefacts, and locate and assess them in their cultural and technological context;
  • develop an advanced understanding of the chemical and physical behavior of artefacts including complex mechanisms of deterioration.
  • A 500 word tutorial presentation due during the teaching period (20%)
  • A 1500 word written report due during the teaching period (30%)
  • A 3000 word essay due during the assessment period (50%)

Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Recommended Texts:

Additional references may be recommended.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
150 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
200 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation

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