• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Museum and Collection
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Museums and Collections, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Laurajane Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Collections Management Workshop provides students with practical and customised opportunities to develop skills and knowledge related to collections management in the context of cultural and research organisations. Students will be allocated to work with a specific collection held by the Australian National University, and undertake a mixed approach to learning about collections management through workshops on key aspects of collections management best practice, practical work with the specific collection and those responsible for its management, and research and report preparation related to identified needs for the specific collection with which they are placed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge and critical engagement with a collection;
  2. Identify and operationalise best practice approaches to needs assessment and significance as methodologies for managing collections; and
  3. Demonstrate skills in documentation, research, collaboration, and reflective practice necessary for collections management in complex organizational contexts in order to ensure transfer of knowledge between stakeholders over time.

Indicative Assessment

Collections Management Needs Assessment, 1000 words, 10% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 3)
Activity Journal, 2000 words, 25% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 3)
Final Collections Management Report, 3000 words, 55% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 3)
Workshop Participation 10% (Learning Outcomes 1, 2 & 3)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 18 hours of classes over the semester comprised of 6 three-hour workshops;
b) 60 hours of practical work in a collection; and
c) 52 hours of independent student research, reading and  writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

At least 24 units towards the MMUHS Master of Museum and Heritage Studies, VMUHS Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (Advanced), MAESC Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science, VAESC Master of Archaeological and Evolutionary Science (Advanced), MAHCS Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies, or VAHCS Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies (Advanced)



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
10295 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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