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Course History of Technology 3
Date offered Fall, 1998
Location Ontario, CA
Instructor Lana Dryden
Institution Sir Sandford Fleming College


Course Outline

Course Number: 1380215
Fall Semester, 1998 Sir Sandford Fleming College
Collections Conservation & Management Program , Semester 1 Community Development & Health  
Course Format: On-site delivery, 1 hour lecture
Hours: 15
Wednesdays 1 - 2 p.m.
Faculty: Lana Dryden, Office # 371G E-mail address:
Office Hours: Tuesday 11 - 12
Wednesday 12 -1

Vocational Outcomes:

This course has been designed to comply with standards and ethics 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:

Successful completion of History of Technology I, II and III is equivalent to one General Education credit.

Course Description:

This course examines the history of the materials and technology used to create artifacts of paper and textiles. The origin of these organic materials and their fabrication into museum objects will be studied.

Corequisites: one

Prerequisites: 380213 History of Technology 1
1380214 History of Technology 2


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:

  1. assess the origins and characteristics of the materials used to fabricate paper and textile objects.
  2. examine the origins, history and development of the technologies and manufacturing processes used to fabricate paper and textile objects.
  3. research objects, materials and technologies of paper and textiles using a variety of media and methods.

Learning Sequence:



Topic, resources, learning activities Learning Outcome Assessment
Week 1

Sept. 8 - 11

Introduction and course overview    
Week 2

Sept. 14 - 18

Origins of Paper - traditional Eastern papermaking methods 1, 2 Mid Term Test
Week 3

Sept. 21 - 25

Traditional Eastern image making techniques 1, 2 Mid Term Test
Week 4


Early Western papermaking, sources of fibres, method of production 1, 2 Mid Term Test
Week 5

Oct. 5 - 9

Modern Western papermaking, papyrus and other non-traditional papers 1, 2 Mid Term Test
Week 6

Oct. 13 - 16

Western image making techniques 1, 2 Mid Term Test
Week 7

Oct. 19 -23

Boxmaking Workshop 1  
Week 8

Oct. 26 - 30

Week 9

Nov. 2 - 6

Mid Term Test - papermaking and image making 1, 2 Mid Term Test (30%)
Week 10

Nov. 9 - 13

Fibres of Antiquity - cellulosic sources, collection, processing 1, 2 End of Term Test
Week 11

Nov. 16 - 20

Fibres of Antiquity - proteinaceous sources, collection, processing 1, 2 End of Term Test
Week 12

Nov. 23 - 27

Technology of Fabric Structure Workshop - guest workshop instructor 2, 3 End of Term Test
Week 13


Spinning and Weaving 1, 2 End of Term Test
Week 14

Dec. 7 - 11

Dying and Finishing 1, 2 End of Term Test
Week 15

Dec. 14 - 18

End of Term Test - textiles

Sample Kit of Paper and Textiles and

Sample Kit Documentation

1, 2



End of Term Test (30%)

Sample Kit (20%)

Sample Kit (20%)

Learning Resources:

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

Humphries, Mary, Fabric Glossary/Fabric Reference, Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1990 (and sample swatches for the above)

Suggested Text:: Hunter, Dard, Papermaking - The History and Techniques of an Ancient Craft, New York: Dover, 1978

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 assessment 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 on Papermaking and Image Making 30% Nov. 4/98
Information Paper on Media and Processes of Image Making 20% Nov. 11/98
End of Term Test in Textiles 30% Dec. 16/98
Sample Kit of Paper and Textiles 10% Dec. 16/98
Sample Kit Documentation 10% Dec. 16/98

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 #371 G

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:

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

Late assignments receive the following penalty:

oral presentations and/or practical tests or projects for evaluation must be delivered on the day scheduled. A "no-show" will be graded at zero, unless adequate explanation is provided.

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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