HERCONS 701 : Heritage Assessment and Conservation Planning

Creative Arts and Industries

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the assessment of cultural heritage value and the use and preparation of conservation plans to guide heritage conservation work. Coursework comprises the researching and writing of a conservation plan.

Course Overview

A conservation plan is a document that guides the future use and development of an historic building. It requires historical/archival research, an assessment of heritage value and the development of policies and recommendations to guide future use and development. In this course, each student selects and works on a different building.  Lectures explain each of the main steps in the conservation planning process. Independent research and writing are required. Tutorial time provides the opportunity for questions and discussion.  

Course Requirements

Restriction: ARCHGEN 751

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 key documents, ideas and processes guiding heritage assessment and conservation planning in New Zealand and overseas; (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 6.2)
  2. Highlight the role that architects play within heritage conservation; (Capability 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3)
  3. Research heritage buildings, assess heritage value and make recommendations to guide a building’s future use and development; (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.1 and 5.4)
  4. Demonstrate improved skills in researching and writing on architectural topics. (Capability 4.1, 4.2 and 5.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Conservation Plan 100% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Conservation Plan

Teaching & Learning Methods

This course combines a series of lectures with tutorial time devoted to the discussion of student progress on their individual conservation plans.  Discussion is with the whole class collectively rather than individually, so that students can learn from the experiences and questions of their peers. 

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course. Students are expected to spend 10 hours per week for each 15 point course that they are enrolled in, across the 15 weeks of semester, meaning a total of 150 hours for each course.

For this course, you can expect 6 hours of lectures, up to 14 hours of tutorial time, and 130 hours of independent research and writing time.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities to complete the assignment for this course.  Lectures will be available as recordings. 

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

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Required Reading :
ICOMOS New Zealand Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Heritage Value (revised edition, 2010). www.icomos.org.nz/docs/NZ_Charter.pdf .
• Bowron, Greg, and Jan Harris. Guidelines for Preparing Conservation Plans. 2nd edn. Wellington: New Zealand Historic Places Trust/Pouhere Taonga, 2000 [1994]. Architecture Library 72.025(95) B788. A copy is available in Canvas.
Recommended or Supplementary Reading : 
• Kerr, James Semple. The Conservation Plan: A Guide to the Preparation of Conservation Plans for Places of European Cultural Significance. 7th edn. Sydney: National Trust New South Wales, 2013 [1982]. https://australia.icomos.org/wp-content/uploads/The-Conservation-Plan-7th-Edition.pdf .
This also provides useful context:
• Mason, Randall. “Assessing Values in Conservation Planning: Methodological Issues and Choices”. In Marta de la Torre (ed). Assessing the Values of Cultural Heritage: Research Report. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2002. http://hdl.handle.net/10020/gci_pubs/values_cultural_heritage .

Health & Safety

When you are making site visits to your selected building, tell a friend or family member where you will be and check back in with them when you have finished your visit.

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.

This course ran for the first time in 2017. Feedback since that time shows that students appreciate learning how to research historic buildings, and being allowed to write more than 5,000 words to demonstrate the extent of their individual research. We used to teach the course with just one hour per week of contact time, to allow more time for independent research and writing, but in 2019, in light of student feedback, we increased the contact time to two hours per week. Students have been particularly enthusiastic about the guest lectures from heritage professionals who have extensive experience working in the heritage industry. 

Other Information

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

These requirements might include the completion of a Participant Information Sheet and a Consent Form, which the course coordinator has prepared for this course, and which have been approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee.  This process is important when students choose to study buildings that are privately owned.  Further information will be provided with the assignment handout.

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.

Given all of our experience in 2020, all students are encouraged to make an early start on their assignment for this course. This will help to ensure that you are well placed to continue working on your assignment, in the event of any lockdowns during semester time. 

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 08/12/2021 02:49 p.m.