Course Title: Inspect and monitor cultural places

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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

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 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.


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

class discussions
field trips
report writing

Teaching Schedule




WeekDate     TopicAssessment
17th JulyIntroduction to the Course:
Concepts; Codes and guidelines for establishing cultural value; Types of cultural places
Cultural heritage terms
Tour of nearby cultural places around RMIT
214th JulyWalkin’ Birrarung tourAss 1.1 due: Definitions of Cultural heritage terms
321st JulyReflection on Walkin’ Birrarung
Sites Monitoring surroundings to establish restoration, reclamation, modification and protection of immediate site area.
Threats to site or area (incl.visitor impacts)
Ass 1.2 due : Aboriginal cultural places & objects
428th JulyChecklists for inspection-Fabric, setting, condition, protection.
Processes of deterioration and damage /
Construction techniques and materials
Cultural protocols investigated and explained
Ass 1.3 Due: Site inspection checklist
54th AugWurundjeri sites tour:
To be finalised- may include Quarries (Taylors Creek silcrete quarry; Mt William Stone axe quarry); Ceremonial site(s) (Sunbury rings)
611th AugReflection on Wurundjeri Sites Tour
Approaches to maintenance, restoration and modification.
Monitoring and responding to Stakeholder views
Case studies: Coastal middens; Scar trees; Ceremonial sites
718th AugField Trip:
Alexandra Gardens / Camp Sovereignty
Birrarung Mar
Representation of Country: Ian Potter Gallery
825th AugSelf directed learning:
Preparation of Final Reports.
Final Reports due 28th August

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Aboriginal cultural heritage mini-poster series:

Conserving Aboriginal places in Coastal Victoria (Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, 2000)

The Burra Charter 2013 (Australia ICOMOS)

Other Resources

Resources will be made available on Blackboard throughout the Term.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1.1 Definition of Cultural Heritage Terms. Due: 14/7

Assessment 1.2. Aboriginal cultural places and objects Due: 21/7 (Completed in class)

Assessment 1.3. Site inspection checklist Due: 28/7 (Completed in class)

Assessment 2: Final Report:  Report on a Cultural Place. Due: 28th August.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

All assessment types must be passed (in-class assessments & final report).  You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the in class assessments but fail the assignment component).
APPLICATION FOR 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 online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51, or emailed to the Coordinator (
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
Students requiring extensions longer than 7 days must apply for Special Consideration (see the ‘Help me’ link in blackboard, via myRMIT studies or 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 online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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