Course Title: Inspect and monitor cultural places

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: ENVI5056C

Course Title: Inspect and monitor cultural places

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5142 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact : Judi McCann

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bruce Partland

Phone : 9925 8323

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this Course

Course Description

This unit covers inspecting and monitoring cultural places and defines the standard required to: establish the cultural value and background of the place; prepare or source checklists for inspection; inspect the place to establish a schedule of maintenance and monitor site management; submit report and recommendations based on requirements of contract including a review of existing management systems; monitor surroundings to establish restoration, reclamation, modification and protection that is required in the immediate area; monitor stakeholder views for impact on cultural significance, approach to maintenance, restoration and modification, and current and proposed uses of the place or area.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

RTD4503A Inspect and monitor cultural places


1. Prepare for inspection

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Significance of place is sourced from conservation and management plans.
1.2. According to operational request, specific facilities and equipment for inspection are determined.
1.3. Appropriate checklists relating to condition of fabric and surrounds are obtained to suit the application


2. Carry out comprehensive inspection

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Condition of fabric is inspected for deterioration and damage.
2.2. Non-conformity with conservation and management plans and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) are recorded.
2.3. Observed deterioration and damage to the fabric is evaluated to determine short-term and long-term impact on the significance of the place.
2.4. Maintenance works for the cultural place is determined and scheduled.
2.5. Records are checked for accuracy.
2.6. Potential safety risks, hazards and situations are identified and detailed.


3. Submit report and recommendations

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Situations requiring urgent action are addressed in accordance with conservation/management plan enterprise guidelines.
3.2. Draft reports are provided to stakeholders in oral and/or written formats.
3.3. Concise and accurate report are prepared and submitted to management.
3.4. Existing management systems are reviewed particularly regarding frequency and scope of inspection.
3.5. Recommendations for future action are consistent with conservation/management plan and industry standards and best practice.
3.6. Collected data and information is submitted for inclusion on information management system.


4. Monitor surroundings

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Condition of surrounds and setting of the place or area is monitored for deterioration, damage and for biological or geophysical changes.
4.2. Deterioration and damage to surrounds and setting of place or area is evaluated to determine short-term and long-term impact on the significance of the place.
4.3. Required restoration or modification of biological aspects of the setting, including indigenous and exotic species, are planned to maintain the cultural and natural significance.
4.4. Required restoration or modification of geophysical aspects of the setting and surrounds, including replacement of soils and protection of landforms are planned to maintain the cultural and natural significance.
4.5. Maintenance, restoration and modification of fabric, setting and surrounds is integrated to maintain the cultural (both indigenous and non-indigenous), and natural significance of the place or area.


5. Monitor stakeholder views on significance

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Stakeholders are periodically consulted to determine their views on the significance and maintenance of the place and area.
5.2. Visitors are periodically consulted to obtain their views on the place and area.
5.3. Changes in views and/or stakeholders are identified.
5.4. Changes in views are assessed for impact on cultural significance, approach to maintenance, restoration and modification, and current and proposed uses of the place or area.
5.5. Assessment of changed views is reported to enterprise and Burra Charter processes or indigenous places guidelines.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include a number of walks and Field trips with the purpose of familiarising students with a range of culural place types.

As far as possible these site visits will be guided and interpreted by an appropriate Indigenous representative.

Teaching Schedule

Inspect and monitor cultural places (1.30pm-4.30pm Tuesdays-unless otherwise stated)

Week Date Lecture Topic
1.  8/7
No class

2.  15/7 Walkin’ Birrarung tour

3.  22/7 Reflection on Walkin’ Birrarung
Introduction to Course Guide and Assessment for this Course
Concepts; Codes and guidelines for establishing cultural value; Types of cultural places
Tour of nearby cultural places around RMIT

4.  29/7 Monitoring surroundings to establish means of restoration, reclamation, modification and / or protection of immediate site area.
Threats to site or area (incl.visitor impacts)
(Coastal sites Case study)
Assessment 1.1 Definitions of cultural heritage terms

5.  5/8 Checklists for inspection-Fabric, setting, condition, protection.
Processes of deterioration and damage /
Construction techniques and materials
Cultural protocols investigated and explained
Assessment 1.2 Aboriginal cultural places and objects

6. 12/8 Self directed Learning (Readings to be supplied)

7. 19/8 Approaches to maintenance, restoration and modification.
Monitoring and responding to Stakeholder views
Case studies: Coastal middens; Scar trees; Ceremonial sites.
Assessment 1.3 Site Inspection Checklist 

8.  Wednesday 27/8
Note date change!
Wurundjeri sites tour:
Selection from: Middens, Scar trees (MCG, Murandaka); Meeting places (Bolin Bolin); Quarries (Mt William; Jacksons Ck); Eel trap (Yarra River or Maribynong) Ceremonial site(s) (MCG, Sunbury rings); Historic sites (Merri Ck)

9. 2/9 Self directed Learning (Readings and notes to assist final Report)

10. Reflection on Wurundjeri Sites Tour
Sites not visited
Preparation of Final Reports.

11. 16/9 Self directed Learning: Completing reports.



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students will undertake 3 in-class Assessment Tasks (1.1; 1.2, and 1.3) covering a range of required skills and knowledge

AND Complete a major report (Assessment 2) on a cultural place visited during the all-day Field Trip to Wurundjeri sites.

Assessment Tasks

 The 3 parts of Assessment 1 (1.1; 1.2 & 1.3) will be completed largely in class time.
The Final Report (Assessment 2) will be a comprehensive assessment of a cultural place.
Details of all assessments are on Blackboard in the Assessments Folder.
Assessment 1.1 : Definition of Cultural heritage terms. Due: 29th July

Assessment 1.2: Aboriginal cultural places and objects Due: 5th August
Assessment 1.3: Site Inspection Checklist, Due: 19th August
Assessment 2: Report on a cultural place. Due: 16th September

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Extension of time for submission of assessable work:
A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date.
They must lodge the application form (available on the web) at least the day before the due date.
The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51.
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected, and therefore will receive a zero grade.
Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web)

For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited.
It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

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