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Introduction to Conservation Treatment (CUMC90028)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCUMC90028
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This subject examines the history and manufacture of traditional and modern materials, their properties and behaviour, and considers their chemical and physical processes of deterioration. These are considered in light of their cultural, historical and scientific contexts. The analytical methods used to examine materials, and the conservation treatments commonly applied, are introduced.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject students should:

  • Be able to describe and explain of a range of different materials used within, cultural, historic, and scientific contexts, the history of these materials and their manufacturing processes;
  • Have a preliminary understanding of the chemical and physical processes of deterioration of individual materials, as well as composite objects;
  • Be equipped to identify standard analytical methods and conservation treatments appropriate for different material types; and
  • Demonstrate sound, critical and ethical diagnostic and decision making skills.

Last updated: 21 September 2019