Cultural Materials Conservation Science

Subject CUMC90033 (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:

May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 16-May-2016 to 20-May-2016
Assessment Period End 16-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 17-May-2016
Census Date 27-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 03-Jun-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours - 12 x 40 minute online lectures and 4 x 1 hour lectures and 12 x 2 hour practicals.
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)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed CUMC40008 Conservation Materials Chemistry, 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:

Students gain an understanding of the science of cultural heritage materials and of products. The subject 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 science and cultural heritage conservation;
  • have an understanding of the chemical structure of cultural heritage items; and
  • have an awareness of the interaction of chemicals with cultural heritage items.
  • Two 500 word technical reports due at the end of the teaching period (20%)
  • Two 500 word technical reports due during the assessment period (20%)
  • Three 500 word technical reports due during the assessment period (30%)
  • Three 500 word technical reports due during the assessment period (30%)

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 100% of practicals in order to pass this subject. 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.

Recommended Texts:

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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