Master of Heritage Conservation

Unit of study descriptions

Certificate, Diploma and Master of Heritage Conservation

Core units

ARCH9028 Conservation Methods and Practices

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture 4 hrs/wk + site visits Assessment: Two assignments (2 x 50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The aims of this unit are to develop practical skills in the methods and practices of conservation at an accepted professional level, and to interpret and apply the theory of practice taught in the mandatory core of the course in practical, on-site projects. The unit focuses on culturally significant structures and cultural landscapes and includes: methods of survey and documentation (locating, describing and recording components with possible heritage value; identifying and reading historic fabric; historic and archival research methods; thematic history methods; pattern recognition; natural systems; settlements; cultural mapping; aesthetic analysis; material and stylistic analysis); evaluation methodology (assigning heritage significance); assessment methodology (establishing conservation priorities); and appropriate conservation actions (conservation and management plans, policies and strategies). At the end of the unit the student will successfully demonstrate: an understanding of the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter and the ability to prepare, in accordance with current accepted professional practice, a conservation plan of a place or places of cultural significance; skill in methods and techniques of analysis, assessment and documentation of cultural significance; and the ability to develop relevant policies and strategies for the conservation of a variety places of cultural significance. The intended outcomes are achieved through inquiry, individual study and research and are demonstrated by each student upon the successful completion of set assignments. The assignments are constructed to allow each student to demonstrate his or her level of understanding of the accepted professional methodology and practice in the preparation and presentation of a conservation plan. Assessment criteria based on unit outcomes are used for the examination of the assignments.
ARCH9075 New Design in Old Settings

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures 2hrs/wk, site visits and seminars. Assessment: Preparation of a Heritage Impact Statement as per guidelines of NSW Heritage Branch - approximately equivalent to 4,000/5,000 word essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit will cover one of the most fundamental aspects of heritage conservation. Designing infill and additions to historic buildings and precincts are the common practice of architecture throughout time in all cultures. From a multi-disciplinary background this course will aim to develop skills in the assessment of the cultural significance of existing buildings, the impact of new works to the heritage significance of historic buildings in existing contexts, visual and spatial literacy in the design of new fabric in old settings. The course will provide a wide range of examples, including wide international perspective. The aims of the unit are to develop an understanding of the history of designing and building new buildings in old settings; to develop an understanding of the major theoretical and practical issues of designing new buildings in old settings; to develop an ability to critically assess the appropriateness of the design of the new in the context of the accordingly accepted current conservation practice in Australia. By the end of the course the student will be able to produce, at a professional level a Heritage Impact Statement as defined by the NSW Heritage Branch.
ARCH9081 Heritage Law and Policy

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures 2hrs/wk Assessment: Reports (2 x 50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Students completing this unit will be able to undertake heritage studies and assessments, and to prepare instruments and guidelines relating to heritage policies. They will have knowledge of: legislation (international and all levels of government), regulations, planning instruments and policies; registers, inventories and other records of significant items; roles and procedures of various government agencies involved in heritage and conservation. The unit will consider a range of heritage issues, for example, ones relating to landscape, streetscape, archaeology, public places etc, besides buildings. It will also cover a range of issues such as: adaptive reuse, modifications for ESD provisions, management of the context of significant items, and the conservation areas. Students will gain skills in: reviewing legislation, planning instruments and policy documents relating to heritage; preparing basic policies, instruments and related guidelines relating to heritage; critical thinking about heritage issues, and how heritage relate to urban design and planning, ESD and trade-offs with other considerations; reviewing and preparing heritage studies, proposals, management plans, approvals etc. Assessment will be based on assignments addressing both the context and practice of heritage and conservation planning. The unit will be taught by lectures, with site visits. There will be a component of research-led teaching using projects.
Class preparation: 2 hours/week, assessment preparation: 40.hours/semester
ARCH9031 Research Report

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Program Director Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Independent research under academic supervision. Assessment: Research proposal (10%), 10000 to 15000 word Report (90%). Final reports due by the end of the first week of the formal examination period. Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Submit an Independent Study Approval Form, signed by your proposed supervisor, with your request to enrol. Available to Masters students only.
The report is a substantial piece of research conducted over one semester. It takes the form of report (between 10000 and 15000 words) on an approved subject of your choice. The report is an opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a particular area. The objective of the report is to allow you to develop research and analytic skills by undertaking an in depth study of your own selection. The expected learning outcomes of the report include the ability to think critically about a problem and develop an appropriate research methodology or analytical approach to address it; identify and access appropriate sources of information, research and literature relevant to the issues; undertake relevant primary and secondary research; and present your findings in a way that demonstrates academic and professional competence. A report generally includes a literature review to delineate a problem; a statement of research aims or objectives, as well as research questions; an explanation of research methods; presentation and analysis of data; and discussion of conclusions. Permission to continue the Report may be subject to a satisfactory research proposal being approved by your supervisor by week 3 of semester. Reports are due at the end of the first week of exams for the semester in which you are enrolled. The assessment is based solely on the submission of your report. The report is generally marked by two examiners, neither of whom is your supervisor.
ARCH9074 History and Theory of Conservation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 2 hrs/wk Prohibitions: ARCH9003 Assessment: Seminar (40%); essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
The purpose of this unit is to help student is the intent to develop an appropriate level of knowledge in the development of the ideas and practices of conservation over an historical perspective from Classical times to the present in the Western and Non-Western context. Particular emphasis will be placed on the theoretical ideas and practices of Sir George Gilbert Scott, John Ruskin, the Arts and Crafts Movement, SPAB in England and Eugène Voillet-le-Duc in France. The principal aims of the unit are to develop an understanding of the history and theoretical basis of the development if the idea and practice of conservation from Classical times to the present. Additional to this another main aim is to develop an understanding of the historical development of Western traditions of architectural and garden design, as well as to develop a sound intellectual basis for the understanding of the theory and practice of current conservation practice in Australia and beyond. By the end of the unit the student will successfully demonstrate an understanding of the history of the development the idea of conservation through time and in Western and non-Western traditions; an understanding of the development of Western traditions of architecture and garden design; and skills in the applying this knowledge in the assessment of cultural significance in the Australian and international context. Student workload effort expected: class preparation three hours per week; assessment preparation 40 hours per semester.

Optional units

MARC4201 Modern Architectural History

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week. Prohibitions: ARCH4102 Assessment: Illustrated Research Essay (50%), Critical Summaries (20%), and Seminar Presentation (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit presents foundational knowledge concerning modern movements in global architecture and urbanism, from the early-20th century to the present. It explores the relationships between developments in architectural practice and broader dynamics of 20th century history. Organised as a chronological survey focused on case studies of individual buildings, the course uses architectural exemplars to explore the social, political, technological, economic, and aesthetic guises of modernity. In addition to developing student analytical skills, the unit seeks to introduce students to formal and conceptual approaches to architectural modernity, provide a critical overview of the architectural profession and its historical context over the last century, and impart knowledge of the major periods and developments of modern movements in architecture and their relationship to the multiple guises of modernity in which they were embedded.
Through readings and lectures, students will acquire the architectural literacy required to perceive the contemporary built environment as an artefact of modernity's varied legacies. In addition, students will be expected to refine their research and writing skills through their individual investigations of a particular aspect of modern architecture.
ARCH9082 Conservation of Traditional Materials

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures:2 hrs/wk (11 wks), site visits: 2hrs/wk (2 wks) Assessment: 1x 4000 word essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: This unit of study is offered in even numbered years only.
The aims of the course are to introduce students to broad range of specialists from the related fields of architectural conservation and related disciplines who specialize in the conservation of traditional building fabric; to introduce students to the appropriate and accepted methods traditional construction and of the conservation traditional architectural materials; and to familiarise students with the relevant literature pertaining to the domain. The objectives of the course are to allow the student to develop a broad understanding of excellent contemporary conservation practice in the conservation of traditional materials; to develop a broad understanding of traditional building methods; to develop an understanding of good and bad practice in the conservation of traditional materials. Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to research and prepare academic paper related to the domain.
Class preparation: 1hour/week, assessment preparation: 15-20 hours/semester
ARCH9084 Conservation Design Studio

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Studio 2 hrs/wk (10 wks), tutorial 2 hrs/wk (2 wks), site visit 2 hrs/wk (1wk) Corequisites: ARCH9075 (for student with non-design undergraduate degree) Assumed knowledge: BDesArch, MArch (for students pursuing the design stream of this elective) Assessment: For all students, submission of a written site analysis [1x Essay 1500-2000 words]; for Design-based students a Design Proposal and Model & Non-Design-based students a Heritage Impact Statement (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Enrolment numbers limited by teaching resources. If you attempt to enrol online is unsuccessful, please seek permission from the Student Administration Centre (SAC). First preference to Master of Heritage Conservation students.
The aim of the course is to form and develop interdisciplinary collaboration in design teams of students design and non-design related backgrounds and to work collaboratively following accepted levels of contemporary architectural and conservation professional practice. Additionally, it is intended that students will develop a critical ability to assess the appropriateness of the design of new additions to existing buildings of recognised heritage value.
The course objective is to analyse a given site with an existing building of identified heritage value and for the design-based students to prepare, with a given brief, a contemporary addition that is both a credible work of contemporary architecture whilst at the same time a sensitive and appropriate addition that respects the cultural significance of the existing building. The non-design based students will accept as heritage consultants, in accordance with best professional practice and concurrently prepare for the proposed design a Heritage Impact Statement that conforms with the NSW Heritage Branch guidelines and standards of practice.
Class preparation: 2 hours/week
Please note that the following optional unit of study will not be offered in 2014:
ARCH9083 Conservation of Modern Materials

This unit of study is not available in 2014

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 2 hrs/wk (11 wks), site visits 2hrs/wk (2 wks) Assessment: 1x 4000 word essay (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: This unit of study is offered in odd numbered years only.
The aims of the course are to introduce students to broad range of specialists from the related fields of architectural conservation and related disciplines that specialize in the conservation of modern building fabric; to introduce students to the appropriate and accepted methods of the conservation modern architectural materials; and to familiarise students with the relevant literature pertaining to the domain.
The objectives of the course are to allow the student to develop a broad understanding of excellent contemporary conservation practice in the conservation of modern materials; to develop a broad understanding of good and bad practice in the conservation of modern materials. Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to research and prepare academic paper related to the domain.
Class preparation: 1hour /week, assessment preparation: 15-20 hours/semester