The Conservation Course Syllabus Pages

Course:Lab Methods I
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 theory of ceramics, glass, stone and metals conversation by combining an understanding of the history of the object with the characteristics and properties of inorganic materials most commonly found in museum collections. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop theoretical skills through the assessment and treatment of inorganic materials.

Aim & Learning Outcomes
To provide the student with a basic understanding of conservation methods and conservation materials relating specifically to ceramics, glass, stone and metal artifacts.
Learning Outcomes:
Students will have demonstrated the ability to:
know cleaning procedures for ceramics, glass, stone and metals using a variety of techniques, (eg. dry cleaning, aqueous solutions, solvents, poultices, etc.)
know repair, consolidation and gap filling techniques for ceramics, glass and stone while maintaining the integrity of the original.
know techniques for colour tinting, colour matching and painting of replacement fills and surfaces.
know procedures to clean metals and metal surfaces using a variety of methods and techniques, (eg. intensive washing and drying, use of sequestering agents, electrolytic and electrochemical reduction; and polishes, rust convertors and other preparations).
know techniques for stabilizing metal surfaces through the application of protective coatings.

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, and are interdependent to each other, and are foundation courses for the programme.
This course will consist of 2 hours of scheduled lectures 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.
Additional time outside of scheduled class will be required for independent study and artifact treatment.

Week 1
September 2 - 5
Labour Day
Week 2
September 8 - 12
CPR and First Aid
Week 3
September 15 - 19
Introduction to course, Conservation Lab
Requirements for Ceramic/Glass Lab
Week 4
September 22 - 26
Conservation of Ceramics, including Archaeological Ceramics
Week 5
September 29 - October 3
Conservation of Glass and Enamels
Week 6
October 6 - 10
Condition Reports and Treatment Proposals
Week 7
October 14 - 17
Week 8
October 20 - 24
Independent Study
Week 9
October 27 - 31
Conservation of Metals
- Iron, tannic acid treatments and coatings
Week 10
November 3 - 7
Conservation of Metals (continued)
- Iron, electrolytic treatments
Week 11
November 10 - 14
Conservation of Metals (continued)
- Copper, Silver and other metals, and coatings
Week 12
November 17 - 21
Condition Report and Treatment Proposal Test
Week 13
November 24 - 28
Conservation of Stone
- Cleaning, consolidation, coatings
Week 14
December 1 - 5
Lab Supply/Equipment List Due
Week 15
December 8 - 12
Treatment Card Collection Due

The following criteria will be used to evaluate students' mastery of the theoretical and practical aspects of artifact examination, condition reporting, treatment proposal and treatment of objects made of ceramics, glass, stone and metals.

Case Studies of Published Artifact Treatments of Ceramic, Glass, Stone or Metal Artifacts20%October 17, 1997
Condition Report and Treatment Proposal Test30%November 17, 1997
Lab Supply/Equipment List20%December 1, 1997
Treatment Card Collection30%December 8, 1997

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

No books required for this course.

Prerequisites: NA

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