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Applied Heritage Conservation Techniques (ABPL90385)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90385
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Students will gain a theoretical and practical overview of heritage conservation techniques. The subject will introduce students to the main conservation issues affecting built heritage in relation to both structural issues, as well as those impacting interior and exterior decorative finishes. Students will learn how to diagnose common conservation issues and explore the various treatment options available. Starting with a general discussion of built heritage conservation, students will then focus on specific issues associated with individual construction materials, including stone, metal, brick, wood, glass, and concrete. Lectures will be backed by laboratory sessions and fieldwork at heritage places across Melbourne to observe conservation issues in situ.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the subject students should have:

  • a theoretical understanding of the major conservation issues affecting heritage places
  • an appreciation of conservation issues specific to individual construction materials, and how these manifest in the built environment
  • developed practical skills for identifying and treating common heritage conservation issues

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills and capabilities:

  • Understanding of the characteristics and relative compatibility of building materials;
  • Ability to accurately record existing building conditions;
  • Undertaker a general survey of common conservation issues affecting heritage buildings.

Last updated: 3 April 2019