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Heritage Materials and Their Environments G (11160.1)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit develops students' understanding of the composition, structure and properties of materials found in culturally significant structures and objects. It explores the theory of change in materials, including qualitative and quantitative assessments of stability, deterioration and damage.

This unit will introduce students to the conservation of heritage through a risk management perspective. The identification and mitigation of risk factors such as pests, environmental damage, human actions and natural disasters will be explored in the context of impacts on physical condition, significance and resource allocation. Students completing this unit will be able to identify risk factors and develop a preventive risk mitigation strategy for cultural heritage materials.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and describe materials used in the manufacture of heritage artefacts and structures;

2. Accurately estimate, monitor and evaluate the behaviour of heritage materials in response to changing environments; and

3. Employ a risk management model to identify risks to heritage artefacts and structures, and develop appropriate risk mitigation strategies.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture, face-to-face or online, and one 2 hour workshop on-campus per week.


Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of 48 credit points.



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