|Course:||Laboratory Techniques II|
|Date Offered:||Winter Semester, 1998|
|Location:||Peterborough, Ont. Canada|
|Institution:||Sir Sandford Fleming College|
- Laboratory Techniques II provides an opportunity to develop
practical skills in the assessment and treatment of organic
materials, including wood, leather, skin, fur, and other collagenous
and proteinaceous materials. A variety of object types, such as
furniture, mixed media and ethnographic artifacts are presented.
Special emphasis is placed on ethical awareness in conservation, and
safe use and maintenance of laboratory tools. Competencies in
written, drawn, and photographic documentation are developed.
- Aim and Learning Outcomes
- To enable students to identify, assess, and treat wood, leather,
and proteinaceous materials in a laboratory setting.
- Learning Outcomes:
- By the end of this course students will have demonstrated the
- work within recognized codes of ethics
- recognize personal limitations
- organize, clean and fnaintain work space, tools and
- select and use correct tools and equipment for the treatmenV
stabilization of wood and leather objects
- demonstrate safe work practices
- observe wood and leather objects in detail
- identify the composition of wood and leather objects using a
variety of methods
- recognize causes of deterioration for wood and leather
- assess the condition of objects and propose their future use and
- understand the concept of object integrity
- research treatment options (through consultation, and the use of
primary and secondary resources).
- select appropriate materials, methods of treatment and
techniques for the conservation of wood and leather objects
- select and test methods of least intervention
- select reversible or removable treatments, where possible
- plan treatment schedules and meet deadlines
- demonstrate economical use of resources
- document all stages of the assessment and treatment process for
wood and leather objects, based on the use of standard terminology,
drawings, photo-documentation, condition reports and treatment
- prepare wood and feather objects for clearing
- make recommendations for the cleaning, stabilization, and
support, repair and maintenance of objects, surfaces, and
- make recommendations for the restoration and maintenance of the
flexibility of leather objects
- use fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination, and colour
- distinguish between conservation and restoration
- Course Format
- This course is one of four courses listed in the "Sl per module"
of Conservation and Material Science II. Courses in this frame work
are linked tightly together, and are foundation courses for the
- This course will consist of 6 hours of scheduled laboratory per
week. Laboratory time maybe subject to occasional rescheduling 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 the course content.
- Additional time outside of scheduled class will be required for
independent study and the completion of artifact treatments.
- Course Resources
- Students will be required to purchase: an assortment of tools
(the list of tools was issued in semester 1), and colour slide
- The Conservation Laboratory will be available for student use
most evenings and weekends, after students have participated in the
approved WHMIS and First Aid Training.
- STUDENTS MUST ADHERE TO THE MANDATORY LABORATORY REQUIREMENTS TO
QUALIFY FOR LABORATORY PRIVILEGES.
- Course Content
Review of Laboratory Techniques I
Assignment of Wood-working Project
|Woodworking project -
Review of documentation|
Documentation & begin treatment of Wooden
|Woodworking Project Due
Treat Wooden Artifacts
Assignment of Laboratory Project: Lab
Maintenance & Enhancement
|Treatment of Wooden
|Treatment of Wooden
Final Documentation of Wooden Artifacts
|Wooden Artifacts and
Value of Artifact: 20%
Value of Documentation: 10%
Assignment & Documentation of Leather Artifacts
Treatment of Leather Artifacts|
|Treatment of Leather
|Treatment of Leather
|Week # 12|
|Lab Project Due Value:
Mar. 30 - Apr. 3
Final Documentation of Leather Artifacts
|Leather Artifacts and
Value of Artifact: 20%
Value of Documentation: 10%
Laboratory Clean Up
- Performance reviews will be based on continual assessment
throughout the semester. Each student will be assessed on an
- Evaluation Criteria:
- The following criteria will be used to evaluate each student's
performance: standard and quality of practical work, efficient use
of scheduled laboratory time, neatness, economical use of materials,
initiative, dedication, and interest. Criteria for assessment will
vary depending on the material composition of objects and the
condition of the objects.
|Assignment||Value in Percent||Date
|Wood working project||10%||Jan
|Documentation of Wood Artifact||10%||Feb
|Laboratory Project||30%||March 26|
|Documentation of Leather
- Mandatory Requirements
- The Art Conservation Laboratory is to be locked at all times,
when NOT in use. Failure to lock the lab will result in the loss of
- Students will work in the laboratory with at least one other
person (de: the "buddy system.).
- Eating, drinking and smoking art3 not permitted in the
- Students will not be allowed access to the laboratory under the
influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- EACH STUDENT HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PRACTISING SAFE
- Artifacts and course supplies will not be permitted to leave the
- It is the students' responsibility to label and identify any
personal equipment or related belongings.
- Students are required to store personal belongings such as
costs, boots, etc in their lockers.
- Students will respect all artifacts and projects - thereby not
handling any treatments in progress, other than their own, unless
given permission to do so.
- Students are not permitted to use personal property as projects
to be evaluated.
- Students will record unscheduled time spent in the laboratory in
the "lab log".
- Course Policies
- Projects will be evaluated upon the successful completion of the
artifact treatment, and when all written and photographic
documentation is submitted. Failure to provide all necessary
documentation will jeopardize the evaluation process. Students must
complete all course assignments in order to receive a passing
- Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day. The instructor
reserves the right to remove artifacts from students if a treatment
is not progressing consistently; a grade of zero will be given. The
CCM Programme has adopted the attached policy on late assignments.
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.
- Canadian Conservation Institute. C.C.I. Notes. Ottawa:
Department of Communications
- Cronyn, J.M. The Elements of Archaeological
Conservation. London: Routledge; 1990
- Hoadley, B. Understandinq Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to
Wood Technology. Connecticut: The Taunton Press. 1990
- Rossol, M. The Artist's Complete Health and Safety
Guide. New York: Allworth Press. 1994
- Science for Conservators Series. London: Crafts Council.
- Book 1 - Introduction to Materials
Book 2 - Cleaning
Book 3 - Adhesives and Coatings
- Additional reading materials will be assigned throughout the
- Material Science I (1380202)
- Laboratory Methods 1 (1380207)
- Laboratory Techniques I (1 380210)
- History of Technology I (1380213)
- 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
- 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
- 5. Make-up Tests
- In valid circumstances (ill-health, personal crisis), a student
may0 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
- The entire class may be given an extension, at the discretion of
- 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
- 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
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