The Conservation Course Syllabus Pages

Course:History of Technology II
Date Offered:Winter Semester, 1998
Location:Peterborough, Ont. Canada
Instructor:Lana Dryden
Institution:Sir Sandford Fleming College


This course is designed to teach the student the history of the materials and technology used to create artifacts of wood, and leather and proteinaceous materials. The origin of these organic materials and their fabrication into museum objects will be studied.

Aim & Learning Outcomes
To enable the students to understand the history and development of technology and material culture.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will have demonstrated the ability to:
know the origins, sources, processing, products, manufacture, construction methods, fabrication and design of the materials and objects made of wood, and leather and proteinaceous materials.
know the origins, history and development of the technologies and manufacturing processes of objects made of wood, and leather and proteinaceous materials.
research objects, materials and technologies of wood, and leather and proteinaceous materials using a variety of media and methods.

Course Format
This course is one of four courses listed in the "super modules of Conservation and Material Science II. Courses in this frame work are linked tightly together, are interdependent to each other, and are foundation courses for the program.

This course will consist of 1 hour of scheduled lecture per week. Lecture time may be subject to occasional adjustment in order to fit in with field trips, community based projects, group projects or guest lectures and/or workshops. Students are asked to remain flexible during the delivery of this course content.

Additional time outside of scheduled class will be required for lndependent study.

Course Content

Week 1
Jan 5-9
Introduction to Course
Week 2
Jan 12-16
Introduction to Cellulose
Week 3
Jan 19-23
Wood-structure, growth, identification
Week 4
Jan 26-30
Wood-preparation and processing
Week 5
Feb 2-6
Wood and Wooden Objects-construction and manufacturing
Week 6
Feb 9-13
Wood and Wooden Objects-finishing techniques and materials
Week 7
Feb 16-20
Mid-Term Test (Wood)
Week 8
Feb 23-27
Week 9
Mar 2-6
Introduction to Collagen
Week 10
Mar 9-13
Preparation of Hides and Pelts-non-tanning methods
Week 11
Mar 16-20
Preparation of Hides and Pelts-tanning methods
Week 12
Mar 23-27
Other Proteinaceous Materials
Week 13
Mar 30-Apr 3
Other Proteinaceous Materials
Week 14
Apr 6-9
End of Term Tests (Leather and Proteinaceous Materials)
Week 15
Apr 13-17
Sample Kit and Sample Kit Documentation due.

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

Prerequisites: NA

The following assignments will be used to evaluate students' mastery of the theoretical aspects of the history of technology and material culture.

Students must complete all course assignments in order to receive a passing grade.

ItemValue in PercentageDue Date
Mid Term Test, Wood30%February 17, 1998
End of Term Test, Leather & Proteinaceous Materials30%April 7, 1998
Sample Kit, Wood, Leather and Proteinaceous Materials20%April 17,1998
Sample Kit Documentation20%April 17,1998

1. Presentation
Written assignments must be:
typed or word-processed
double spaced
proofed for spelling and grammatical errors
enclosed with a single cover sheet which includes student name, title of the assignment and date of submission
stapled in the top left hand corner (unbound)
include a bibliography (where appropriate)
use a recognized method of citation (eg. MLA or Chicago)
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:
Marks will be deducted at the rate of 10% per day for three days after which assignments are marked at zero.
Faculty are not obliged to provide feedback on assignments marked at zero.
Oral Presentations
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.
4. Academic Integrity
Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic integrity and the college has a strict policy on this issue (see Academic Regulations).
It is a student's responsibility to ensure that all written submissions include an appropriate method of in text citation as well as an accompanying bibliography.
Seminar and oral presentations should be supported by a bibliography and sources should be referred to during the presentation.
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 & GDFS
An extension may be granted to an individual student based on need and circumstance. Medical grounds should be substantiated.
The revised due date will be recorded and signed by both parties.
The entire class may be given an extension, at the discretion of faculty.
Incomplete a Grade Deferred marks at the end of the semester must be negotiated between student and faculty (see Academic Regulations). Note: these are a privilege to be granted under special circumstances, not used in order to compensate for poor planning.

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