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Conservation Research and OBL (CUMC90004)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCUMC90004
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject builds upon the prerequisite subject and extends the focus of materials and techniques of artefacts to also encompass theoretical discussions and methodologies for object based learning in conservation research. Students focus on a more detailed study of objects and the history, manufacture, value and use of traditional and modern materials, their properties and behaviour, more complex chemical and physical deterioration processes, and the wider contexts for the evaluation of objects in conservation research. Drawing on non-invasive examination, scientific pathways, identification of degredation and damage, reconstruction and other ways of 'knowing' the life of objects, students will use an interdisciplinary approach to object based learning in conservation research. Areas of focus will include: Objects - a variety of organic, inorganic and composite artefacts; Paper - papers, traditional printing, photographic and digital processed, pigments, binders and book binding technologies; Easel paintings - easel painting supports, grounds, pigments, binders and coatings.

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.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • develop a theoretical framework for object based learning in conservation research;
  • identify and characterise artefacts, and locate and assess them in their cultural and technological context;
  • develop an advanced understanding of the chemical and physical behavior of artefacts including complex mechanisms of deterioration.

Last updated: 11 November 2018