POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CONSERVATION
(See also General Regulations and Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula)
(These regulations are applicable to candidates who are admitted to Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation in the 2016-17 academic year and thereafter)
Any publication based on work approved for a higher degree should contain a reference to the effect that the work was submitted to the University of Hong Kong for the award of the postgraduate diploma.
Ar101 To be eligible for admission to the curriculum leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation, candidates shall
(a) comply with the General Regulations and the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula;
(b) hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of this University or from a comparable institution accepted for this purpose;
(c) satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination if required; and
(d) demonstrate a good command of spoken and written English as a prerequisite for acceptance.
(a) A qualifying examination may be set to test the candidates’ formal academic ability or their ability to follow the courses of study prescribed.
(b) Candidates who are required to satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination shall not be permitted to register until they have satisfied the examiners in the examination.
Transfer of candidature into the Master of Science in Conservation curriculum
(a) Subject to the approval of the Board of the Faculty, and in consultation with the Internal Examiners, candidates who have registered for the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation curriculum at HKU and have satisfactorily completed the curriculum may be permitted to transfer directly to the second year of the part-time Master of Science in Conservation curriculum , provided that they
(b) Upon transfer to the Master of Science in Conservation curriculum, the candidates’ period of study for the curriculum shall be counted from the date of their commencement of the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation curriculum in calculating the maximum period of registration as prescribed in Ar126 of the Regulations for the Degree of Master of Science in Conservation.
(c) Candidates will be allowed to transfer their credits and assessment results of the courses that they have completed for the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation to the Master of Science in Conservation curriculum, and for the purposes of calculating the Dean’s List and award of distinction as prescribed in Ar132 of the Regulations for the Degree of Master of Science in Conservation.
Award of postgraduate diploma
Ar104 To be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation, candidates shall
(c) comply with the General Regulations and the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula; and
(d) complete the curriculum and satisfy the examiners in accordance with the regulations set out below.
Period of study
Completion of curriculum
Ar106 To complete the curriculum, candidates shall
(a) satisfy the requirements prescribed in TPG 6 of the Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curricula;
(b) enrol for courses of a total of 45 credits;
(c) satisfactorily complete all written work;
(d) complete all assigned fieldwork; and
(e) satisfy the examiners in all examinations as may be required.
(a) Every examinable assignment must be submitted within the stipulated deadline.
(b) Candidates who have failed in not more than two courses shall be permitted to present themselves for re-assessment. If they fail in the assessment at the second attempt, they shall be required to repeat the entire course(s) in the following academic year, and present themselves for the assessment at the third attempt before they can be considered for advancement or graduation.
(c) If a course that the candidates are required to repeat is not available in the following academic year, the candidates shall take an alternative course as specified by the Programme Director and take the prescribed assessment. This will constitute the final attempt.
(d) Candidates who have failed to complete any compulsory fieldwork, but have satisfactorily completed other parts of the curriculum, shall be required to complete the missed fieldwork in the following academic year and produce a report to the satisfaction of the examiners before they may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation;
(e) Candidates shall be recommended for discontinuation of studies under General Regulation G12 if they have:
(i) failed to satisfy the examiners in more than two courses at the first attempt; or
(ii) failed to satisfy the examiners in any course at the third attempt; or
(iii) failed to satisfy the examiners in an alternative course under the circumstances as described in Ar107(b).
(iv) exceeded the maximum period of registration specified in these regulations.
Ar109 On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation curriculum, candidates who have passed all the required courses in the curriculum at the first attempt and scored distinctions in more than half of these courses will be placed on the Dean’s List and awarded a mark of distinction.
SYLLABUSes FOR THE
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CONSERVATION
(These syllabuses are applicable to candidates who are admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation in the 2016-17 academic year and thereafter)
The programme consists of eight compulsory core courses.
These core courses provide the essential framework for understanding cultural heritage principles and practices, and especially those related to architecture in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. The elective course allows students to choose a course that is of particular relevance to their own professional fields and interests.
Fieldwork is an integral part of each core course.
Assessment of all courses: 100% continuous coursework assessment
CONS8102. Architectural heritage and the built environment (6 credits)
This course focuses on heritage buildings and sites in relation to their settings within a socio-cultural context. Emphasis is placed on the built heritage of Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China. Case studies are used to illustrate the process of understanding of the cultural values of heritage buildings and sites, and how to use these values to create a viable conservation plan.
CONS8103. Charters and legislation of conservation (6 credits)
This course introduces the guiding principles and legal framework for heritage conservation, as established in international charters and regional legislation, and examines in particular detail their application in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and Southeast Asia.
CONS8104. Management and practice in conservation (9 credits) (Capstone experience)
This course, which incorporates a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) workshop, focuses on preparing a conservation management plan (CMP) for a heritage building or site, as well as on management problems unique to conservation projects in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and Southeast Asia. It explores the responsibilities of heritage practitioners in carrying out conservation work from project planning and implementation to post-project management. Drawing on actual cases from overseas and Hong Kong, students have the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of the entire conservation process.
CONS8105. Materials and techniques of conservation (6 credits)
This course investigates the properties of traditional and modern materials commonly encountered in heritage structures in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China, and examines a range of techniques that are appropriate for conservation work in the Far East region.
CONS8106. Field study I: Macau (3 credits)
This field study, with input by officials from Macau SAR Government’s conservation agency, Instituto Cultural de Macau (Cultural Affairs Bureau), provides in-depth understanding of the local effort in carrying out conservation.
CONS8107. Field study II: South China or East Asia (6 credits)
This field study in southern China or an East Asian country, with input by local governmental or private conservation experts, provides in-depth understanding of the relationship of conservation efforts to cultural tourism and sustainable development. The field study, which takes place near the end of the academic year, is also an opportunity for students to use their knowledge in cultural heritage conservation to assist local stakeholders in specific conservation-related initiatives.
CONS8108. Cultural mapping workshop (3 credits)
This course is a workshop that focuses on the techniques and values of Cultural Mapping as a crucial tool in conserving and managing the tangible and intangible cultural resources of a community. Students will learn and apply the techniques and activities of community-based participatory data collection and management.
This course focuses on understanding heritage places using the concept of cultural landscapes – landscapes that reflect distinctive patterns of interaction between people and the natural environment. The course examines the current theory and practice of cultural landscapes, especially within the context of Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and Southeast Asia.