The Conservation Course Syllabus Pages

Course History of Technology 1
Date offered Fall, 1998
Location Ontario, Canada
Instructor Lana Dryden
Institution Sir Sandford Fleming College


Course Outline

Course Number: 1380213
Fall Semester, 1998 Sir Sandford Fleming College
Program Collectives Conservation & Management , Semester 3 Community Development & Health
Course Format: On-site delivery, 1 hour lecture Hours: 15
  Thursdays 10 - 11 a.m.
Faculty: E-mail
Office Hours Tuesday 11 -12
Wednesday 12 - 1
Thursday 11 - 12

Vocational Outcomes:

This course has been designed to comply with standards and ethics as prescribed by IIC-CG (CAC), CAPC, and ICOM Committee for Professional Museum Training.

Generic Skills Outcomes:


1. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

2. Reframe information, ideas, and concepts using the narrative, visual, numerical, and symbolic representatives which demonstrate understanding.

Computer Literacy:

3. Use a variety of computer hardware and software on other technological tools appropriate and necessary to the performance of tasks.

Interpersonal Skills:

4. Manage use of time and other resources to attain personal and/or project related goals.

5. Take responsibility for her or his own actions and decisions.

Analytical Skills:

6. Collect, analyze and organize relevant and necessary information from a variety of sources.

7. Create innovative strategies and/or products that meet identified needs.

General Education Goal Area:

The completion of 1380213 History of Technology 1, 1380214 History of Technology 2, and 1380215 History of Technology 3 will be credited as 1 General Education course covering the goal areas of Understanding Technology and Aesthetic Appreciation.

Course Description:

This course examines the history of the materials and technology used to create artifacts of ceramic, glass, stone and metal. The origin of these inorganic materials and their fabrication into museum objects will be studied.

Corequisites: None

Prerequisites: None


The aim of this course is to enable students to understand the history and development of technology and material culture.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the learner has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

Learning Sequence:



Topic, resources, learning activities Learning Outcome Assessment
Week 1

Sept. 8 -11

Introduction and course overview    
Week 2

Sept. 14 - 18

Clay-origin, formation, properties 1, 2 Mid Term Test
Week 3

Sept. 21 - 25

Pot Formation and Decoration 1, 2 Mid Term Test
Week 4


Firing and Kiln Technology 1, 2 Mid Term Test
Week 5

Oct. 5 - 9

Glazes - materials, classification 1, 2 Mid Term Test
Week 6

Oct. 13 - 16

Glass - materials, formation 1, 2 Mid Term Test
Week 7

Oct. 19 -23

Enamels - materials, techniques 1, 2 Mid Term Test

Oct. 26 - 30

Week 9

Nov. 2 - 6

Mid Term Test on Ceramics, Glazes. Glass and Enamels 1, 2 Mid Term Test (30%0
Week 10

Nov. 9 - 13

Copper and Coppery Alloys 1, 2 End of Term Test
Week 11

Nov. 16 - 20

Iron and Iron Alloys 1, 2 End of Term Test
Week 12

Nov. 23 - 27

Gold, Silver, Lead and Other Metals 1, 2 End of Term Test
Week 13


Stone - classification, technology 1, 2 End of Term Test
Week 14

Dec. 7 - 11

End of Term Test on Metals and Stone 1, 2 End of Term Test (30%)
Week 15

Dec. 14 - 18

Sample Kit of Inorganic Material and Sample Kit Documentation 3 Sample Kit (20%)

Documentation (20%)

Learning Resources:

Required Text: Hodges, Henry, Artifacts, London: John Baker, 1994

Suggest Texts: Cennini, Cennina d'Andrea, The Craftsman's Handbook, Translated by David B. Thompson, Jr., Toronto: General Publishing, 1960.

Cohen, David Harris & Hess, Catherine, Looking at European Ceramics, Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993.

Maryon, Herbert, Metalwork & Enamelling, New York: Dover Publications, 1971.

Assessment Plan:

Students will be provided with opportunities for self-assessment and faculty assessment through a variety of research and reflective methods including research assignments and examinations. The intention of the various activities is to evaluate the students' mastery of the theoretical aspects of the history of technology and material culture.

The following work will be graded and these marks will comprise the final grade for the course:

Mid Term Test in Ceramics, Glazes, 30% Nov. 5/98
Glass and Enamels    
End of Term Test on Metals and Stone 30% Dec. 10/98
Sample Kit of Inorganic Material 20% Dec. 17/98
Sample Kit Documentation 20% Dec. 17/98

Students must earn a pass (50%) on each learning outcome in order to receive a passing grade.

PLA options and contact for this course:

Individual process to be determined by consultation.

Lana Dryden, Faculty, Office #371G

Academic Responsibilities:

1. Written assignments must be:

2. Re-writes:

Faculty may request a re-write of a submission if the criteria for assessment have not been met. Late penalties will apply if the assignment is not re-submitted the following day.

3. Penalties for Late Submissions:

Completion of Term Work

All assignments must be completed in order for students to achieve a passing grade

Late Assignments

Late assignments receive the following penalty:

Oral Presentations

4. Academic Integrity:

Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic integrity and the college has a strict policy on this issue (see Academic Regulations).

5. Make-up Tests:

In valid circumstances (ill health, personal crisis), a student may be given a make-up test to compensate for one missed in class-time. Students must contact the instructor within seven days of the original test in order to request a make-up.

6. Extensions and GDFS:

7. Site Work:

Students must agree to work within the parameters of the guidelines established for site work. Failure to comply, may result in the termination of project and suspension of the privilege of access.

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