Analytical Science in Conservation

Subject CUMC90031 (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:

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 01-Aug-2016
Teaching Period 22-Aug-2016 to 26-Aug-2016
Assessment Period End 23-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 02-Sep-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 09-Sep-2016

During the pre-teaching period students will familiarise temselves with the subject, undertake readings, and complete any pre-teaching tasks.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject will be delivered as an intensive over one week by means of lectures, seminars and/or workshops (total approx 20 hours)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the MC-CULMC Master of Cultural Material Conservation or the GCA-ARTS Graduate Certificate in Arts (Specialisation in Cultural Material Conservation) and

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed CUMC40006 Analytical Chemistry in Conservation are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

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



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 CUMC90032 Technical Examination and Documentation, and CUMC90033 Cultural Materials Conservation Science. 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 100% of classes in order 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
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
200 Point Master of Cultural Material Conservation
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Cultural Materials Conservation

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