Course Title: Inspect and monitor cultural places

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: ENVI5079C

Course Title: Inspect and monitor cultural places

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5305 - Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Bruce Partland

Ph: 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 none

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:

AHCLPW403A 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 consist of:

  • 2 Field trips (one of 2 hours and another of full-day duration)
  • In-class exercises and lectures
  • Guest speakers
  • Self-guided research

Teaching Schedule

The Course will be offered on Fridays during 2nd Semester, between the hours of 9.30am-12.30am.

The all-day Field Trip will take place on a Friday (check the Timetable) between the hours of 8.30am-5pm.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The Mini-Poster series published by Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, will be required reading for this Course. They can be found at:

Other Resources will be introduced in class.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course may include reports, assessments and project work

Assessment Tasks

The Assessment Tasks are as follows:

Assessment 1 consists of 3 Hurdle Tasks which must be satisfactorily completed for Competency to be gained in this Course. They are Ungraded (Competent / Not Yet Competent)

  • Hurdle task 1: Definitions of commonly used terms in cultural heritage management
  • Hurdle task 2: Identification and management od Aboriginal places and objects. (A written summary of relevant AAV mini-posters).
  • Hurdle task 3: Cultural site inspection checklist. Students will develop a checklist based on accrued experience, which will be used for quick assessment of cultural sites visited on the full-day field trip.

Assessment 2 is the major assessment for this Course, and is Graded (NYC, CA, CC, CDI, CHD)

A Report on a cultural site visited on the full-day Field Trip. Elements include:

  • A description of the site, including surroundings.
  • An assessment of the cultural value of the site and its significance in Burra Charter terms.
  • An assessment of the condition of the site, including intact or lost fabric.
  • Recommendations for stabilization and future management of the site in order to maintain its significance.
  • Identification of key stakeholders and a plan for monitoring their views over time.

Assessment Matrix

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