On completion of the course, the student will have a wider knowledge of and skills in analytical methods. The student will be familiar with the basic principles of chemical analyses and their methodology. He/she will be able to perform spectroscopy and chromatography analyses of cultural heritage material samples and evaluate the results in cooperation with a chemist/ specialist. After completing the course the student will know and recognize the plastics and modern materials. She/he is familiar with the related conservation problems both in practice and in theory. Students are familiar with the history of modern materials and manufacturing processes. The student will be able to identify plastics and modern materials in archives and museum collections. The student understands the preservation of plastics and challenging condition required for modern materials. They can make conservation proposals for collections involve modern materials.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Chemistry 1 and chemistry 2
The course contains theoretical lectures of most important analytical spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques used to study cultural heritage materials (UV, VIS, IR; XRF) (TLC, GC).
Other more advantaged methods, like SEM-EDS, HPLC, IC, GC-MS, Raman are discussed on lectures, e.g. on the basis of publiced case studies. During the course, scientific publications will be reviewed and used as reference literature.
History of plastics. Chemistry of plastics and modern materials and their preserving. Identification of plastics and modern materials.
The student has often been absent from the teaching sessions. Activity during the teaching sessions and rehearsals has been unsatisfactory. The student has problems in acting as a group member. The capacity to formulate relevant problems associated with the work is limited and the student has problems to apply theoretical studies to practical work. The reasoning in the rehearsal tasks is weak and the student has many gaps in his/her knowledge.
The student does not work independently and needs a lot of further guidance from the teacher. The student has not given enough attention to the subject, and he/she does not have a clear overall understanding of the subject.
The student has taken part in all teaching sessions and projects and his/her activity on the course has been good. The student acts flexibly as a group member.
The studies have proceeded consistently. The student is able to understand the basic topics of the course and is able to apply the theoretical studies to practical work. The reasoning of the rehearsal tasks is valid and the student understands the causes and effects of one's choices in the tasks.
The student works independently but there is still some need for further guidance from the teacher. The student has given enough attention for the subject and has an overall understanding of the subject.
The student has achieved the course objectives fully. The student has taken actively and constructively part in the teaching and the project. The student’s actions enhance the group activities.
The student masters the topics of the course and its prerequisites, and is able to apply theoretical studies to practical work. The reasoning in the rehearsal tasks is professional and the student can validate the causes and effects of his/her choices.
The student works independently. The student masters the overall subject in both theory and practice.
Evaluation is based on attendance and active participation. Minimum attendance is 80 % and study excercises have to approved.