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 Teacher/Coordinator: Trevor Howells Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lecture 4 hrs/wk + site visits Assessment: Two assignments (2 x 50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Cameron Logan Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3hrs/week combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, site visits. Assessment: (25%) Group work (75%) assignments 4000-5000 wd 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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Cameron Logan Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures 2hrs/wk Assessment: Reports (2 x 50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit you will become familiar with the system of legal protections and policy instruments that underpin heritage conservation activity. You will explore the idea of cultural property and of shared environmental resources and the ways in which these are balanced with private property rights in heritage policy and law. Classes will address the varying levels at which heritage protections operate, from international protocols down to local planning schemes. You will become familiar with legislation, regulations, planning instruments and policies as well as the use of registers, inventories and other records of significant items. You will also become familiar with the roles and procedures of various government agencies involved in heritage conservation and develop an understanding of how such agencies utilize heritage studies and assessments, and how they develop heritage law and policy. You will consider how different instruments and heritage protections relate to different scales and types of place including landscapes, streetscapes, archaeological resources, gardens and individual buildings. You will consider how different sanctions and incentives achieve policy aims and support statutory obligations and you will be encouraged to explore innovative legal and policy mechanisms for preventing or redressing the destruction of historically significant places.
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: Departmental Permission will be required to enrol in this unit. 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 Principles of Heritage Conservation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Cameron Logan Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures 2 hrs/wk Prohibitions: ARCH9003 Assessment: Discussion Forum 30%, Research Proposal 10%, Research Paper 60% Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will introduce students to key controversies, theoretical propositions and practical innovations that have driven the historical development of heritage conservation. The unit covers ideas and examples from the ancient world until the present, with the main focus being on the period from 1850 until today.

The aim of the unit is to help students to arrive at a clear understanding of the concepts and practices that define the field and to promote a strong historical perspective on it. You will consider, for example, the meaning of, and differences between, conservation, restoration and reconstruction; the function of conservation protocols such as The Venice Charter, Burra Charter and Hoi Ann Protocols; the role of statutory lists, statements of significance and conservation management plans; the importance of advocacy and activism; the growth of world heritage and its relationship to human rights and cultural rights; and the ideas of cultural landscape and historic urban landscape. The unit will also challenge you to think about areas of practice and theory that challenge traditional approaches and knowledge such as indigenous heritage and the conservation of modernism.

Optional units

ARCH9082 Conservation of Traditional Materials

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Cameron Logan Session: Intensive March 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
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 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Cameron Logan Session: Semester 2 Classes: Studio 2 hrs/wk (10 wks), tutorial 2 hrs/wk (2 wks), site visit 2 hrs/wk (1wk) 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: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Departmental Permission will be required to enrol in this unit. 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 act 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
MARC4201 Modern Architectural History

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jennifer Ferng 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 (offered even years) ARCH9083 (offered odd years)

Elective units

Electives may be chosen from across Table G, or with permission of the Program Director, from any postgraduate course in the University.
ARCH9063 Urban Morphology

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Roderick Simpson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3hr lectures/alternate weeks, 2hr tutorials/alternate week Prohibitions: ARCH9021 Assumed knowledge: Some prior study of architectural, urban or planning history. Assessment: Scoping Report (20%), Class Presentation (20%) and Final Report (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit outlines the nature of urban morphology, and its rise as an area of study, and explores the evolution of city forms with an emphasis upon urban structure and typology. Most designed components of our cities conform in their general characteristics to identifiable types; they reflect the functions of cities, cultural values and the technological, economic and social circumstances of their times. These have been laid down over particular landforms and previous built forms and landscapes to result in usually complex, and often distinct, local characteristics.
The ability to recognize, investigate and respond to these forms and relationships lies at the heart of good urban design. The development of an historical knowledge, and of sensibilities and skills in the recording and interpretation of urban pattern and form for design purposes is the unit's primary aim. It will develop abilities to make more informed 'readings' of the urban landscape, and judgments about structure and form in contemporary urban design: retention, modification, replacement, etc. On completion, a student will be better able to: recognize structures and patterns, and key building and spatial typologies that contribute to overall city morphology; record and describe these, investigate and explain their origins, and discuss informatively their place in urban change and contemporary design.
It complements the Urban Design - Ideas and Methods unit (ARCH9062) which emphasises the theories and models underpinning the forms that are covered in this unit. It is a core unit that supports the Urban Design Studios in the Urban Design programs and an informative elective for students enrolled in or intending to enrol in the Urban Architecture Research Studio.
ARCH9080 Urban Ecology, Design and Planning

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Roderick Simpson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3hr lectures/tutorials/week Prohibitions: PLAN9048 Assessment: (50%) Formative assessment, (50%) summative assessment Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit will introduce the conceptual bases for sustainable development and explore how principles of sustainability can be introduced into land use planning and urban design, including environmental management and multi-criteria evaluation methodologies in three modules:
Module 1 will examine the evolution of urban areas in relation to their biophysical setting using the Sydney metropolitan area as a case study. This will lead to an understanding and appreciation of the urban ecology of the city in terms of the flows of materials, resources and energy, and the challenges presented by climate change and peak oil.
Module 2 will introduce principles of sustainability and the history and development of concepts of urban sustainability.
Module 3 will introduce methods and frameworks for evaluating and measuring sustainability.
ARCH9100 Introduction to Urban Design

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Roderick Simpson Session: Semester 1a,Semester 2a Classes: Intensive delivery for total of 38 hours Assessment: (60%) Formative assessment, (40%) summative assessment Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Students may be granted advanced standing based on portfolio.
This introductory unit of study will provide students with the necessary skills to participate effectively in the urban design studios and will include site, spatial and public domain analysis, map and plan reading, visual, verbal and written communication techniques, and basic computer-based 3 dimensional modelling and numerical analysis. This unit will introduce students to the objectives and principles of urban design by analysing a number of public spaces, the spaces between buildings and the public domain and urban conditions in Sydney.
MHST6901 Museum and Heritage: History and Theory

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3hr seminar/week Prohibitions: MUSM7033 Assessment: 1x1500wd Essay (35%), 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 1x500wd Seminar presentation (10%) and participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The historical, cultural and social roles of museums, heritage places and collections are the focus of contemporary debate. This unit examines the relationships between the production of cultural material, its management and display, and audience to understand museum and heritage sites as places of knowledge, politics and power. Current critical and theoretical perspectives incorporate ideas about the production, consumption, contestation and conservation of intangible values, identities, memories, cultural practices and different knowledge systems.
MHST6902 Museum and Heritage: Engaging audiences

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3hr seminar/week Prohibitions: MUSM7029 Assessment: 1x1500wd Essay (35%), 1x2500wd project proposal (45%), 1x500wd Seminar presentation (10%), Seminar participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Presenting collections, objects and places to the public is a major focus for museums, galleries and heritage organisations. The development of interpretation strategies and public programs to engage, educate and entertain audiences are regarded as key to the long-term viability of cultural institutions. This unit examines the theories and practices of museum education, heritage interpretation, audience research, communication and learning. The development and delivery of education, interpretation and visitor programs are examined in case studies and through practical work.
MHST6904 Museum and Heritage: Objects and Places

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x3-hr seminar/week Prohibitions: MUSM7033 Assessment: 1x2500wd essay (45%), 1x1500wd object or place assessment (35%), 1x500wd seminar presentation (10%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Objects and heritage places (such as indigenous sites, historical buildings, parks, gardens, ruins, archaeological sites, memorials, cultural landscapes) can be studied from a range of multi-disciplinary approaches. In this unit students are introduced to different theoretical and methodological frameworks used in object and place analysis. Changing ideas about the roles and meanings of objects and places from historical, contemporary and cross-cultural perspectives will be introduced. Practical work and case studies will used to examine these issues.
MUSM7035 Ethics of Cultural Property

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2500wd case study (35%), 1x3000wd Essay (45%), 1x500wd Seminar presentation (10%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit tracks the ethical and political disputes surrounding the ownership, control and care of cultural property. While giving historical background on religious iconoclasm, the focus will be on notable modern cases, from the Elgin Marbles or the Benin Bronzes in the colonial era to recent acts like the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas or the ransack of the Iraq Museum. Australian museum practice in relation to Indigenous cultural property and issues of repatriation will be considered, as will the art market, in both legal and philosophical dimensions.
MHST6913 Indigenous Museums and Heritage

This unit of study is not available in 2016

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2b Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2500wd Essay (45%), 1x2000wd Blog (35%), 1x750wd Presentation (10%), 1x750wd On-line Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Globally, Indigenous peoples have challenged museums, heritage agencies and professional practitioners over issues of ownership, control, management, display and interpretation of Indigenous culture, history and cultural property. We will examine how Indigenous communities, scholars and practitioners are decolonising museum and heritage practices and spaces.
MUSM7030 Exhibition Development

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1a,Semester 2b Classes: Intensive mode in weeks 2-6 in Semester 1 Assessment: 1x1000wd equivalent online discussions (15%), 1x2000wd exhibition proposal (35%), 1x3000wd Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Understanding display practices in museums is central to the functions of these cultural institutions. This unit of study examines the way in which exhibitions may function by exploring current issues and debates associated with the practice of exhibiting. We will consider how different spaces inform the interpretation of the cultural material and information displayed. In particular, we will examine the issue of representation as it relates to the museum context. This unit of study will provide students with an overview of the intellectual discourses and practical knowledge used to analyse, conceptualise, propose and develop exhibitions.
PLAN9068 History and Theory of Planning and Design

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc/Prof Paul Jones Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture 2 hrs/wk Prohibitions: PLAN9031 or ARCH9062 or ARCH9031 Assessment: Assignment 1 short questions (35%); group work local area analysis (30%); analytical essay (25%); attendance and class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is in two overlapping modules, each of which is assessed.

Module one enables students to understand how the main concepts and practices of urban planning and development have evolved; appreciate different perspectives about the roles and purposes of planning; undertake basic historical research about Australian urban planning and development issues, and prepare basic stories and arguments about practical planning issues and current theories. There is a strong emphasis on enriching the ability of students to better appreciate urban form, structure and planning practice generally by analysing such form, structure and process through the lens of history (as 'snapshots' in time), and the understanding planning drivers that shape and express such urban change. Interpreting planning practice and what this means and reflects (such as underlying values, norms attitudes, public interest, etc) is a key element of this module.

Concurrent with module one, module two familiarises students with the main ideas and methods that have influenced urban design practice from the late nineteenth century to the present. It covers the dominant urban design theories, principles, conceptual and physical models, analytical methods and drawings from key contributing authors over the period, and explores critically how and why these arose, their interrelationships, spheres of influence, and continuing validity. In this module, key urban design 'classics' are discussed critically as history, design sources and tools.
Students will be able to: critically review and interpret key planning and urban design texts, construct and present basic arguments, orally and in documents; access and engage with key literature and other sources of knowledge; and use basic conceptual frameworks about planning arguments and stories for both the overlapping fields of urban planning and urban design.
This is an introductory core unit for both the Urban Planning and Urban Design degrees.
PLAN9073 GIS Based Planning Policy and Analysis

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Paul Jones Session: Semester 2 Classes: 4 day intensive (9am-5pm) Assessment: Two smaller analytical assessments (2 x 25%) and a larger report (50%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is concerned with using GIS to analyse planning problems and undertake policy analyses. The unit will include a comprehensive introduction to mapping and the use of GIS: data structures, topology, projections, spatial and non-spatial queries. Australian census products will be described and students will be expected to analyse census statistics using GIS maps. The role of GIS in coordinating various forms of information for policy analyses, preparing master plans, in presenting information for development control, impact analyses and wider management purposes will also be covered. The use of GIS to support visualisation will be covered, using examples about designing development projects and planning instruments. Finally, the various forms of distributing maps to the public and policy-makers will be discussed. The unit integrates the hands-on learning of GIS software with a `research-based` approach. Teaching will involve short lectures, studios and workshops. Assessment will be on a series of smaller assignments and a larger report prepared by each student that integrates GIS-based (and other) graphics into a coherent policy analysis. In addition, each student will make oral presentations on their work in studio sessions.