The Conservation Course Syllabus Pages

Course:Materials Science I: Inorganic Materials
Date Offered:Fall Semester, 1997
Location:Peterborough, Ont. Canada
Instructor:Angie Misseri
Institution:Sir Sandford Fleming College


Material Science I provides a framework for the introduction to the study of inorganic materials including ceramics, glass, stone and metals. The chemical composition, properties, characteristics and behaviours of these materials are discussed. A variety of techniques of scientific examination and analytical methods applicable to the field of conservation are presented.

Aim and Learning Outcomes
To provide the student with essential grounding in the chemical principles associate.d with ceramics, glass, stone, metals and mixed media. Students will also be provided with the ability to identify, assess and complete simple treatments on stone, ceramics, glass, metals and mixed media.
Learning Outcomes:
Students will have demonstrated the ability to:
understand the chemical characteristics and properties of earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, glass and stone
know the production and manufacturing processes for earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, glass and stone
use a variety of methods and techniques including aqueous solution, solvents, and dry cleaning methods to clean ceramics, glass and stone
know the chemical behaviours and properties of metals and alloys with special emphasis on corrosion recognition, corrosion by- products and oxidation-reduction reactions
understand the various techniques for cleaning metals including sequestering agents, electrolytic and electrochemical reduction, rust convertors and polishes
know the various processes of metal surface stabilization through the application of protective coatings
use and promote safety skills in a laboratory environment
understand laboratory techniques and methods
write laboratory reports using proper scientific methods including data collection and documentation using current research literature

Course Format
Three hours per week of applied material science. This three hour session per week includes:
a. lecture - 1 hour 20 minutes
b. break- 10 minutes
c. laboratory - 1 hour 30 minutes

Sept. 1Lecture: Course Intro/Atomic Structure & Periodic Table
Lab: Lab Safety, Layout of Reports and Measurements
1 & 2
Sept. 8Lecture: Chemical Equations, Stoichiometry and Solutions
Lab: Experiment 1 - Solution Preparation and Techniques
6 p.117-132, 7, 9 p.202-220
Sept. 15Lecture: Acid-Base Equilibria & Intro. Organic Chemistry
Lab: Experiment 2 - Chemical Analysis by Titration
13 p.310-322
Sept. 22Lecture: Chemical Characteristics of Earthenware, Stoneware, Porcelain and Glass I
Lab: Field Trip
Sept. 29Lecture: Chemical Characteristics of Earthenware, Stoneware, Porcelain and Glass II
Lab: Experiment 3: The Corrosion of Glass by Water
Assignment #1 Due
Oct. 6Lecture: QUIZ/Production and Manufacturing of Earthenware, Stoneware, Porcelain and Glass
Lab: Experiment 4 - Diphenylamine Spot Test for Cellulose Nitrate
Oct. 13Lecture: Cleaning Methods for Ceramics, Glass and Stone l: Cleaning with water, acids and bases
Lab: Experiment 5 - Synthesis of Soap I
4 & 5
Oct. 20"What's New In Old Metals"Independent Learning Week
Oct. 27Lecture: Cleaning Methods for Ceramics, Glass and Stone 11: Cleaning by Chemical Reaction
Lab: Experiment 6 - Synthesis of Soap II
Assignment #2 Due
Nov. 3Lecture: MlDTERM/Chemical Behaviour of Metals and Alloys
Lab: Experiment 7 - Soil Testing
Nov. 10Lecture: Electrochemistry I - Oxidation-Reduction & Galvanic Cells
Lab: Experiment 8 - Spot Tests for Metals
Refer to "What's New in Old Metals" p. 16-18 6, p.134-142
Nov. 17Lecture: Electrochemistry II - Standard Electrode Potentials & Concentration Effects
Lab: Experiment 9 - Measurement of Object Density
Assignment #3 Due
Lecture: Techniques for Cleaning Metals
Lab: Experiment 10 - Metal Polishes: Silver Tarnish Removal
Dec. 1Lecture: Metal Stabilization Processes
Tutorial: Question and Answer Period



AssessmentIndividual MarkTotal Mark
(choose 3 out of 4 assignments)
5% each15%
Pre-labs (total of 8)2% each16%
Laboratories (choose 8 of 10 labs)*3% each24%
Quiz (week of Oct. 6)--5%
Midterm Test (week of Nov. 3)--15%
Christmas Test (week of Dec. 8)--25%

* Students are required to complete all laboratories but may submit eight laboratories for evaluation.

Course Policies
  1. Tests will be written during class times. Makeup tests are normally not allowed (see student rights and responsibilities), however a makeup test may be scheduled in the event of documented illness or if personal circumstances prohibit the student from writing a scheduled test.
  2. Tests will cover material from lectures, laboratory exercises, and assigned readings.
  3. A student will be removed from class in the event of inappropriate, unsafe practices during laboratory experiments. (see lab safety & information sheet).
  4. Students work in pairs, unless directed otherwise, to perform lab experiments. No one is permitted to perform an experiment unless supervised by a staff member.
  5. All components of the course must be completed. Assignments must be submitted in the format outlined by the instructor.

Academic policies
1. Presentation
Written assignments must be:
typed or word-processed
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
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.

Required Materials:
Ouellette, R.J. Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry, 4th Edition, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 1997.
Laboratory Manual for Material Science I
Additional Materials for Reference:
Science for Conservators Book l: An Introduction to Materials
Science for Conservators Book 11: Cleaning
Science for Conservators Book 111: Adhesives and Coatings
Molecular Model Kit
Elements of Archaeological Conservation, J.M. Cronyn

Senior level high school chemistry

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