ARCT5508 Practical Building Conservation

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit aims to develop professional level practical skills in the investigation of significant places to assess their condition and to devise appropriate repair and maintenance schedules to conserve their cultural value and to keep them in use. Taking a building construction approach to the conservation of significant places, the unit examines the evolution of construction and material types in Western Australia and looks at the range of structural problems and material defects that they present for conservation. The unit covers methods of investigating and recording the physical condition of significant places, the principles of appropriate repair, and the practical processes of developing schedules of work for the level of restoration, repair and maintenance required to ensure conservation of cultural value and ongoing use. A series of case studies is used to demonstrate the practices that produce best results in the project management of conservation works.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) apply their research and investigation skills and their understanding of building construction systems and materials to the efficient assessment and reporting of the condition of significant buildings and (2) demonstrate an understanding of the principles of appropriate repair, and a practical approach to developing schedules of work for conservation works and ongoing preventative maintenance for places of cultural significance.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group field work exercises; (2) individual assignment based on group work; and (3) major assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ingrid van Bremen
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
ARCT5583 Introduction to Architectural Conservation (formerly ARCT5583 Heritage and Conservation)
Incompatibility:
ARCT5587 Practical Building Conservation (GC)
Contact hours
35 (introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/tutorials: 3 hours per week)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.