|Course||Material Science 3: Organic Materials (Paper, Textiles, Archival Materials)|
|Date offered||Fall, 1998|
|Instructor||Dr. Maja R. Solajic|
|Institution||Sir Sandford Fleming College|
MATERIAL SCIENCE III: ORGANIC MATERIALS
(Paper, Textiles, Archival Materials)
Course Number: 1280204
Fall Semester, 1998 Sir Sandford Fleming College
Collections Conservation & Management Program
Centre for Community Development & Health
Course Format: Three hours per week of Applied Material Science
a) lecture - 1 hour 20 minutes
b) break - 10 minutes
c) laboratory - 1 hour 30 minutes
Faculty: Dr. Maja R.Solajic, Office # 371D
Office Hours: TBA
e-mail address: *
This course has been designed to comply with professional standards and ethics for practice as prescribed by I.I.C.-C.G. (C.A.C.), C.A.P.C., and I.C.O.M. committee for Professional Museum Training.
Generic Skills Outcomes:
As per Ministry of Education and Training Program Standards:
Apply a wide variety of mathematical techniques with the degree of accuracy required to solve problems and make decisions.
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. Represent her or his skills, knowledge and experiences realistically for personal and employment purposes.
3. Use a variety of computer hardware and software and other technological tools appropriate and necessary to the performance of tasks.
4. Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
5. Manage use of time and other resources to attain personal and/or project related goals.
6. Take responsibility for his or her own actions and decisions.
7. Evaluate his or her own thinking throughout the steps and processes used in problem solving and decision making.
8. Collect, analyze and organize relevant and necessary information from a variety of sources.
9. Create innovative strategies and/or products that meet identified needs.
10. Adapt to new situations and demands by applying and/or updating her or his knowledge and skills.
General Education Goal Area:
Material Science III provides an introduction to organic materials in museum collections, archives and libraries including: textiles, paper, parchment and information media. The chemical composition, structure, deterioration as well as the applied decoration, using dyes, pigments and finishes are elaborated. A variety of scientific techniques and conservation treatments are presented. The effects of cleaning techniques are also discussed.
1380202, 1380207, 1380210, 1380213, 1380203, 1380208, 1380211, 1380214
Upon completion of the course, the learner has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
|Topic, Resources, Learning Activities||Learning Outcomes||Assessment|
|Lecture: Course Intro/ Basic Organic Chemistry
resource: Ch. 3 (qulette), Ch. 1 (Mills)
|Lab: Lab Safety, Chemical Hazards in Conservation & Report Layout||3||Labs|
|Lecture: Organic Materials of Museum Objects
Resource: Ch. 3,6,7 (Mills)
|Lab: Experiment 1 - Functional Group identification||Pre-Lab/Lab|
|Lecture: Polymer Chemistry I
Resource: Ch. 15.6 (Oulette); Ch.9 (Mills)
|Lab: Experiment 2 - Polymerisation: Synthesis of Nylon||1|
|Lecture: Polymer Chemistry II||1, 4|
|Lab: Experiment 3 - Media Tape Analysis||Pre-lab/Lab|
|Resource: "Sony" Handout|
|Lecture: Traditional and Mass Produced Paper & Parchment||6||Assignment 3 Due|
|Resource: Ch. 22, 24 (Kühn)|
|Lab: Experiment 7 - Oxidation of Paper||1|
|Lecture: Media Characteristics: inks, dyes, charcoal & graphite
Resource: Ch. 4 (Kühn); hand-outs provided
|Lab: Experiment 8 - Synthesis of Methyl Orange||Pre-lab/Lab|
|Independent Study Week|
|Lecture: Effects of Wet & Dry Cleaning Techniques
Resource: Handouts provided
|Lab: Experiment 9 - Infrared Spectral Analysis||1||Pre-lab/Lab|
|Lecture: Collections in Archival and Library Holdings
|8||Assignment 4 Due|
|Lab: Experiment 10- Deacidification of Paper||9|
|Lecture: Historic Photographic Processes||10|
|Resource: Hand-outs provided|
|Lab: Experiment 11 - Analysis of Photographic Materials||10||Pre-lab/Lab|
|Lecture: Chemical Characteristics of Animal, Vegetable and Synthetic Textile Fibres and Dyes
Resource: Ch. 28, 18 (Kuhn) Ch 10 (Mills)
|Lab: Experiment 4 : Dyes and Dyeing of Fibres||Pre-lab/Lab|
|Lecture: Identification of Fibres by Analytical Methods||5||Assignment 2 Due|
|Resource: Ch 28 (Kuhn)|
|Lab: Experiment 5 & 6: Synthesis of Soap 1 & 2||1|
R.J. Ouellette Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry 4th ed. Prentice-Hall, New Jersey 1997.
Laboratory Manual for Material Science III
Additional Materials for Reference:
J.S. Mills, R.White. The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects 2nd ed. Butterworth-Heinemann, London 1994.
H. Kühn. Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities. Butterworths, London 1986.
J.M. Cronyn The Elements of Archaeological Conservation Routledge, London 1990.
H. Hodges Artifacts, An Introduction to Early Materials and Technology Humanities Press, Atlantic Highlands N.J. 1981.
5. Crafts Council (Corporate Author) Science for Conservators
Volume 1: an introduction to materials
Volume 2: cleaning
Volume 3: adhesives and coatings
Museums and Galleries Commission, London 1992.
Molecular Model Kit
|Assessment||Individual Mark||Total Mark|
|Assignments 4||5% each||20%|
|Pre-labs (total of 8)||2% each||16%|
|Laboratories (choose 8 out of 11 labs)*||3% each||24%|
|Midterm Test (Nov.6)||--||15%|
|Christmas Test (Dec.18)||--||25%|
Students are required to complete all laboratory experiments but may submit eight lab assignments for evaluation.
PLA options and contact for this course:
Contact Gayle McIntyre
1. Course Policies
Written assignments must be:
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.
4. Penalties for Late Submissions
Completion of Term Work
Late assignments receive the following penalty:
Oral presentations and/or practical test or projects for evaluation must be delivered on the day scheduled. A "no-show" will be graded at zero, unless adequate explanation is provided.
5. Academic Integrity
Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic integrity and the college has a strict policy on this issue (see Academic Regulations).
6. 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.
7. Extensions & GDFS
8. 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.