HERCONS 700 : Heritage Processes

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines heritage conservation legislation, policy, guidelines and processes. Includes international context as well as New Zealand laws and processes.

Course Overview

The course is designed to contribute to the overall learning of the four Masters-level programmes for which it is in schedule. It helps to prepare students for careers in the field of heritage preservation and conservation, and/or to contribute to broader understandings of heritage in architectural, urban planning or urban design practice, stimulating critical reflection on the normative conventions of contemporary preservation/conservation practice in New Zealand, and how these may shift or be challenged. It provides a contextual understanding of 'official' professional practices, processes and values, along with the 'unofficial' local and community relationships, which together characterise heritage preservation/conservation in New Zealand and beyond. 

Course Requirements

Restriction: ARCHGEN 750

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the fundamental policies and processes affecting heritage conservation in New Zealand (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1 and 6.3)
  2. Identify the legislative backdrop for heritage conservation in New Zealand and the context, both international and national, for heritage policy and processes (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 3.1, 6.1 and 6.3)
  3. Understand and reflect upon the contribution that practitioners from a range of disciplines make to heritage conservation (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.3, 6.1 and 6.2)
  4. Demonstrate improved written and oral communication skills (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.3 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Presentation 30% Individual Coursework
Essay 70% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4

Teaching & Learning Methods

The course curriculum is delivered through lectures, seminar presentations and class discussion.  Advice on assignment preparation is provided, along with feedback on work submitted. 

Workload Expectations

Following University workload guidelines, a standard 15 point course represents approximately 150 hours of study.

During a typical teaching week, there will be 2 hours of lectures or seminar presentations.  This totals 22 hours across 11 weeks (there is no teaching in Week 12, to allow for the School of Architecture and Planning's Crit/Studio Week). As the course totals approximately 150 hours of study, this leaves 128 hours across the entire 15-week semester for independent study, e.g. reading, researching, preparing for assessments, writing, etc. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

To complete this course, attendance at scheduled activities is expected.  Lectures will be available as recordings (if the room is fitted with lecture recording technology). Other learning activities, including student seminar presentations, will not be available as recordings.  

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course readings are available via the Reading List on Canvas. Additional materials will be uploaded under Canvas files. Relevant lecture materials will be available for you to download from Canvas.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Other Information

Attendance in class, and engagement with course activities and readings, support academic success. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that students make every effort to attend class and complete all the necessary in-class requirements.

Late submissions will be considered on medical and special grounds when supported by a health or other professional, and when the application is made according to the following procedure. Requests for extensions of time must be submitted and approved before the due date unless there are exceptional circumstances. Students applying for an extension of time must obtain an Extension of Time Form for Coursework Submission from Canvas, complete the details and supply the required documentation from a health or other professional. Late submission forms must be supported by the course coordinator and then approved by the relevant programme director. Coursework not received by the due date, and for which no extension of time has been approved, will receive the grade ‘DNC’ (Did Not Complete).

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 13/12/2021 07:19 p.m.