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Athabasca University

New Heritage Resources Management Courses

Documentation and Condition Assessment

This course will explore various techniques and technologies employed in the field of heritage conservation for recording and documenting historic resources. New ways of observing and thinking about the built environment through practical applications of documentation methods and fieldwork exercises will be exercised.

This course will examine the documentation methods to research, inspect, record, and assess the condition and quality of buildings, districts and cultural landscapes combined with the methods to interpret their historical and architectural significance according to professional standards. The course will also provide an overview of manual, photographic, and computer-aided extant recording techniques; and building repair assessment techniques.

This course is offered online and involves a one-week in residence component. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences working in groups on a historic site.

Industrial Heritage

This course will explore techniques for examining and understanding the processes and products of industrial plants in order to determine and establish their values and significance. It will also explore ways to document and record significant aspects of industrial sites and will employ case studies to analyze a series of approaches to industrial heritage site conservation and interpretation. The course will also examine the issues surrounding industrial heritage through first-hand experience within the context of an industrial heritage site.

This online course will make students familiar with the principle characteristics of the industrial heritage and the array of tools and techniques used for its study, care and use. The practical application of techniques in the analysis and documentation of industrial sites is a fundamental aspect of industrial heritage education, and beside the online component of the course, participation in one-week in residence project will form a central part of the training.

Architectural Conservation

This course will provide an overview of history and theory of conservation movement including main theorists, historical and philosophical development, current charters, and conceptual frameworks at international, national, provincial and local levels. The course will explore a range of subjects and issues that affect contemporary heritage conservation practices. It will also discuss the relationships between architectural and environmental elements and their impacts on each other.

This course will offer an overview of technology and related strategies in the conservation of historic buildings including associated and topical technical issues in conservation (sustainability, management, maintenance). It will also discuss different concepts and key approaches currently used in built heritage conservation as well various techniques for intervention, including restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive re-use. This course will be offered online as a paced course.

Heritage and Risk Management

This course will focus on the measures and actions that cultural heritage professionals should undertake before, during, and after a disaster. It will discuss cultural heritage in the context of disaster and complex emergency situations. The course will also discuss how different types of disasters impact cultural heritage resources and how cultural values could be compromised during crises and disasters, through a series of case studies. Students will learn about the ways toassess and evaluate different risks to cultural heritage in times of natural and man-made disasters and develop preparedness and preventive measures to reduce risks.

The course will examine existing international, national, and local frameworks for the protection of cultural heritage. The course will also explore how cultural heritage, as a target in disasters and armed conflict, can become a driver for resilience and potentially contribute to disaster risk reduction and disaster recovery. This course will be offered online as a paced course.

Updated October 28 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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