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Course Laboratory Methods 2
Date offered Winter 1999
Location Ontario, CA
Instructor Lana Dryden
Institution Sir Sandford Fleming College

LAB METHODS II

Course Outline

Course Number: 1380208

Winter Semester, 1999

Sir Sandford Fleming College

Program: Collections Conservation and Management

Semester 2

Community Development & Health

Course Format: On-site delivery, 2 hours lecture

Hours: Tuesdays 9-11

Faculty: Lana Dryden, Office 371G Ext. 1420
e-mail address: ldryden@flemingc.on.ca
Office Hours: as posted

Course Description:

This course is designed to teach the student the theory of wood, and leather and proteinaceous materials by combining an understanding of the history of the object with the characteristics and properties of organic materials most commonly found in museum collections. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop theoretical skills through the assessment and treatment of organic materials.

Pre-requisites: Lab Methods I

Vocational Outcomes:

1. This course has been designed to comply with standards and ethics prescribed by IIG-CG(CAC), CAPC and ICOM Committee for Professional Museum Training.

Generic Skills Outcomes:

Communications:

2. Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

3. Reframe information, ideas and concepts using the narrative, visual, numerical and symbolic representatives which demonstrate understanding.

Computer Literacy:

4. Use a variety of computer hardware and software and other technological tools appropriate and necessary to the performance of tasks.

Interpersonal Skills:

5. Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

6. Manage use of time and other resources to attain personal and/or project related goals.

7. Take responsibility for her or his own actions and decisions.

Analytical Skills:

8. Collect, analyze and organize relevant and necessary information from a variety of sources.

9. Create innovative strategies and/or products that meet identified needs.

General Education Goal Area:

N/A

Aim:

To provide the student with a basic understanding of conservation methods and conservation materials relating specifically to wood, and leather and proteinaceous materials.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will have demonstrated the ability to:

10. Know cleaning procedures for wood, and leathers and proteinaceous materials using a variety of techniques, (eg. Dry cleaning, aqueous solutions, solvents, etc.)

11. Know repair and consolidation techniques for wood, leather and proteinaceous materials whle maintaining the integrity of the original.

12. Understand the unique problems associated with waterlogged materials.

13. Assess causes of deterioration and risks to objects of wood, and proteinaceous materials.

14. Make recommendations for cleaning, stabilizing, supporting, repairing and maintaining objects and surfaces of wood, and leather and proteinaceous materials.

Learning Sequence:

Hrs/Wks

Units/Dates

Topic, resources, learning activities Learning Outcome Assessment
Week 1

Jan. 11 - 15

Introduction to course - projects and evaluation, organize artifacts 4 Treatment Card Collection
Week 2

Jan. 18 - 22

Conservation of wood objects, examination, documentation 3,4,5 Case study, lab supply/equipment list, treatment card collection
Week 3

Jan. 25 - 29

Conservation of wood objects, cleaning 1 Case study, lab supply/ equipment lists, treatment card collection
Week 4

Feb. 1 - 5

Conservation of wooden objects, consolidation, repair 2 Case study, lab supply/ equipment list, treatment card collection
Week 5

Feb. 8 - 12

Conservation of wooden objects, finishes 1,2,3 Case study, lab supply/ equipment list, treatment card collection
Week 6

Feb. 15 - 19

Conservation of wooden objects, waterlogged wood 3 Case study, lab supply/ equipment list, treatment card collection
Week 7

Feb. 22 - 26

Case study presentations - published treatment of a wood artifact 1,2,3,4,5 Case study
Week 8

Mar. 1 - 5

INDEPENDENT STUDY WEEK    
Week 9

Mar. 8 - 12

Conservation of leather and proteinaceous objects, examination, documentation 3, 4, 5 Condition report/ treatment proposal test, lab supply/ equipment list, treatment card collection
Week 10

Mar. 15 - 19

Topics, resources, learning activities, conservation of leather and proteinaceous objects, cleaning 1 Condition report/ treatment proposal test, lab supply/ equipment list, treatment card collection
Week 11

Mar. 22 - 26

Conservation of leather and proteinaceous objects, repair 2 Condition report/ treatment proposal test, lab supply/ equipment list, treatment card collection
Week 12

Mar. 29 - Apr. 1

Conservation of leather and proteinaceous objects, restoring flexibility, recommendations for storage, handling and display 5 Condition Report/ treatment proposal test, lab supply/ equipment list, treatment card collection
Week 13

Apr. 5 - 9

Conservation of leather and proteinaceous objects, waterlogged leather and proteinaceous objects 3 Lab supply/ equipment list, treatment card collection
Week 14

Apr 12 - 16

Condition report/treatment proposal test of a leather or proteinaceous artifact 1, 2, 4, 5 Condition report/ treatment proposal test
Week 15

Apr 19 - 23

Group presentations of condition report/ treatment proposal of a leather or proteinaceous artifact, lab supply/ equipment list due, treatment card collection due 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Condition report/ treatment proposal test, lab supply/ equipment list, treatment card collection

Learning Resources:

Suggested Texts:

Boyce, C. Dictionary of Furniture. New York: Henry Holt, 1988.

Calnan, C., and Haines, B. (Editors). Leather: Its Composition and Changes with Time. Northampton: The Leather Conservation Centre. 1991.

Cronyn, J. M. Elements of Archaeological Conservation, London: Routledge. 1990.

McGiffin, R. Furniture Care and Conservation. Nashville: AASLH Press. 1992.

Assessment Plan:

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 wood, and leather and proteinaceous materials.

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

TABLE VALUE IN PERCENTAGE DUE DATE
Case Study of Published Treatment of a Wooden Artifact 25% February 23, 1999
Condition Report/Treatment Proposal Test of a Leather or Proteinaceous Artifact 25% April 13, 1999
Lab Supply/Equipment List 25% April 20, 1999
Treatment Card Collection 25% April 20, 1999

PLA options and contact for this course:

Individual process to be determined by consultation:

Lana Dryden, faculty, Office #371G

Academic Responsibilities:

Collections Conservation and Management Course Policies

15. Presentation

Written assignments must be:

16. 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.

17. Penalties for Late Submissions

Completion of Term Work

Late Assignments

Late assignments receive the following penalty:

Oral Presentations

18. Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic integrity and the College has a strict policy on this issue (see Academic Regulations).

19. Make-up Tests

20. Extensions & GDFS


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