The Conservation Course Syllabus Pages

Course Laboratory Methods 3
Date offered Fall 1998
Location Ontario, CA
Instructor Lana Dryden
Institution Sir Sandford Fleming College


Course Outline

Course Number: 1380209

Fall Semester, 1998 Sir Sandford Fleming College

Program Collections Conservation & Management

Centre for Community Development & Health

Semester 3

Course Format: On-site delivery, 2 hours lecture/demonstration

Hours: 30 hours - Tues. 12-2

Faculty: Lana Dryden,
Office Hours
Wed. 12-1
Thurs. 11-12
Office # 371G : Tues. 11-12
e-mail address:

Vocational Outcomes:

This course is 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 representations which demonstrate understanding.

Math Skills:

3. Apply a wide variety of mathematical techniques with a degree of accuracy required to solve problems and make decisions.

Computer Literacy:

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

Interpersonal Skills:

5. Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

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

Analytical Skills:

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

8. Evaluate the validity of arguments based on qualitative and quantitative information in order to accept or challenge the findings of others.

General Education Goal Area:


Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the types of materials, techniques, applications, and methods available for the treatment, stabilization, and optimum care of textile, paper, parchment, and vellum artifacts. The identification, treatment, and stabilization of decorative surfaces, including colourants, pigments and applied finishes, are examined.


1380209 Laboratory Techniques III

1380215 History of Technology III

1380204 Material Science III

1380216 Preservation of Books, Photographs & Archival Materials


1380207 Laboratory Methods 1

1380208 Laboratory Methods 2


The aim of this course is to enable students to understand conservation methods and materials relating to the treatment of textiles, paper, parchment, and vellum.

Learning Outcomes:

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

9. Clean textiles, paper, parchment and vellum using a variety of techniques, (eg. dry cleaning, aqueous solutions, solvents, poultices, etc.)

10. Repair, consolidate, and gap filling, supporting and stabilizing techniques for textiles, paper, parchment and vellum, while maintaining the integrity of the original object.

11. Colour tint, colour match and paint replacement fills and surfaces for textiles, paper, parchment and vellum.

12. Mount and display textiles, paper, parchment, and vellum.

Learning Sequence:



Topic, resources, learning activities Learning Outcome Assessment
Week 1

Sept. 8-11

Introduction and course overview    
Week 2

Sept. 14-18

Damage to Paper Artifact: Physical, Chemical and Biological 1,2,4 Case Studies, treatment card collection
Week 3

Sept. 21-25

Conservation of Paper: Examination and cleaning 1,2,3,4 Case Studies, treatment and card collection
Week 4

Sept. 28-

Oct. 2

Conservation of Paper: Repair and consolidation 2 Case Studies, treatment card collection
Week 5

Oct. 5-9

Conservation of Paper: Support and Mounting; storage, handling and display 4 Case Studies: treatment card collection
Week 6

Oct. 13-16

Conservation of Parchment and Vellum and Other Materials (Papyrus, etc.) 1,2,3,4 Case Studies, treatment card collection
Week 7

Oct. 19-23

Box Making Workshop 1,2,3,4  
Week 8

Oct. 26-30

Independent Study Week    
Week 9

Nov. 2-6

Textile Conservation: Examination and Recording 1,2,3,4, Case Study Due: 20% Condition report and treatment proposal test Treatment card collection
Week 10

Nov. 9-13

Textile Conservation: Fibre Sample and Burn Test Workshop 1,4 Condition report and treatment

Proposal test

Treatment card collection

Week 11

Nov. 16-20

Textile Conservation: Cleaning

-Mechanical, spot removal, aqueous/solvent

1 Condition report and treatment

Program test

Treatment card collection

Week 12

Nov. 23-27

Textile Conservation: Mounting workshop 4 Condition report and treatment

Proposal test

Treatment card collection

Week 13

Nov. 30-

Dec. 4

Textile Conservation: Supports and Repairs; storage, handling and display 2,4 Condition report and treatment

Proposal test

Treatment card collection

Week 14

Dec. 7-11

Condition Report and Treatment

Proposal Test

1,2,3,4 Condition report and treatment

Proposal Test Due: 30%

Week 15

Dec. 14-18

Group Presentations of Condition Reports and Treatment Proposals 1,2,3,4 Treatment card collection Due: 20%

Lab Design and Lab Supply/Equipment list due:30%

Learning Resources:

There are no required texts for this course.

Assessment Plan:

Students may be provided with opportunities for self-assessment, peer assessment, and faculty assessment through a variety of collaborative and reflective methods including dialogue with professional group projects and research assignments. The intention of the various assessment activities is to ensure that students are able to apply new skills and knowledge effectively and deliberately in a variety of contexts. The following work will be graded and these marks will comprise the final grade for the course.


Case Studies of Published Artifacts 20% Nov. 3/98
Treatment of Paper Artifacts    
Condition Report and Treatment 30% Dec. 8/98
Proposal Test - Textiles    
Lab Design and Lab Supply/ 30% Dec. 15/98
Equipment List    
Treatment Card Collection 20% Dec.15/98

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 consultations.

Lana Dryden, faculty, Office # 371G

Academic Responsibilities:

13. 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

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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