The Conservation Course Syllabus Pages

Course:History of Technology III
Date Offered:Fall Semester, 1997
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 textile and paper. 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 textile and paper.
know the origins, history and development of the technologies and manufacturing processes of objects made of textile and paper.
research objects, materials and technologies of textile and paper using a variety of media and methods.

Course Format
This course is one of four courses listed in the "super module" of Conservation and Material Science I. 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 independent study.

Course ContentDateLecture
Week 1
September 2 - 5
Introduction to Course
Week 2
September 8 - 12
Fibers of Antiquity: Cellulosic and Proteinaceous
- sources, collection, processing
Week 3
September 15 -19
Fiber Samples and Burn Test Workshop
Week 4
September 22 - 26
Spinning, Weaving, Dying and Finishing
Week 5
September 29-October 3
No classes this week; double length class week 12
Week 6
October 6 -10
Creation of Textile Artifacts and Basketry
Week 7
October 14 -17
Mid Term Test, Textiles
Week 8
October 20 - 24
Independent Study Week
Week 9
October 27 - 31
Introduction to Paper
- fibre sources
- traditional Eastern papermaking methods
Week 10
November 3 - 7
Early European papermaking
- sources of fibre
- methods of production
Week 11
November 10 - 14
Traditional Eastern Image Making Techniques
Week 12
November 17 - 21
Technology of Structure Workshop
Monday, November 17
Week 13
November 24 - 28
Early European Printing Techniques
Western Image Making Techniques
Week 14
December 1 - 5
Papyrus and Other Non-Traditional Papers
Week 15
December 8 - 12
End of Term Test, Paper Sample Kit and Sample Kit Documentation due

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

Mid Term Test, Fibres & Textiles30%October 16, 1997
End of Term Test, Paper30%December 11, 1997
Sample Kit, Fibres & Papers20%December 11, 1997
Sample Kit Documentation20%December 11, 1997

Course Policies
Students must complete all course assignments in order to receive a passing grade.
The CCM Program has adopted the attached policy on late assignments. Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day. Exceptions may be granted due to circumstances beyond the student's control, provided that the student contacts the instructor promptly upon return to the College to discuss alternate arrangements.

Academic Policies
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.

Hodges, Henry, Artifacts, London: John Baker, 1994.
Humphries, Mary, Fabric Glossary/Fabric Reference, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1990. (and sample swatches for the above)
Hunter, Dard, Papermakinq - The History and Techniques of an Ancient Craft, New York: Dover, 1978.

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