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Conservation Theory and Practice 3 (8499.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: Discipline of Arts & Humanities



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    Students will work on a range of materials and artefacts from museums and heritage institutions. The work will cover identifying basic conservation problems and through structured guidance choosing and carrying out basic intervention techniques. These practical projects will be supported by lecturers and structured practicals covering basic problems encountered.Students will also have an underpinning framework of ethical issues, risk assessments and laboratory procedures.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. demonstrate through practical exercises and work on cultural heritage materials an understanding of the techniques involved in the conservation of cultural heritage materials;

    2. examine and record in detail a wide range of historic materials and artefacts;

    3. make informed and justified choices for basic conservation process;

    4. understand the deterioration processes of historic materials; and

    5. demonstrate through exposition and simulated exercises an understanding of the ethical choices and underpinning professional practices involved in conservation.

    Contact Hours

    Five hours per week.



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