MUSEUM 7007 - Museum Collections Management

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2024

This course focuses on the management of museum and art gallery collections. Students will be introduced to the practical skills needed for best practice collection management as well as the history, philosophy, ethics, and legal requirements underpinning such practices. Working closely with local museums and art galleries, students will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts and experience collection management in practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSEUM 7007
    Course Museum Collections Management
    Coordinating Unit School of Humanities
    Term Winter
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact 5 day intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Only available to students enrolled in the Curatorial and Museum Studies or Art History graduate programs
    Assessment Collection Management Plan, Class Presentation, Online worksheet x 2.
    Course Staff
    University contact/s: Sally May ( and Ania Kotarba ( 

    This course is taught by:

    Mandy Paul, Head of Collections, History Trust of South Australia

    Alice Beale, Senior Collections Manager, South Australian Museum

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    This course runs from 24-28 June 2024, 9am - 4pm.

    This course is not available online. 
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Understand the key concepts and practices associated with collections management within a museum or art gallery setting.
    2. Show an understanding of a range of issues concerning care, storage and display of objects and artworks.
    3. Understand the key tools available to museum and gallery professionals to assist with collections management.
    4. Critically evaluate the history, ethics, and legal implications of collections management.
    5. Demonstrate the ability to work as a team to achieve an outcome.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Readings will be made available via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Readings will be made available via MyUni.
    Online Learning
    Please see MyUni for any online resources. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be taught as a 5-day intensive during the university break. It will include lectures, workshops, site visits and hands-on activities. Activities will take place at a range of venues including at the University of Adelaide, South Australian Museum and History Trust. 

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    35 contact hours over 5 days plus time for assignment preparation and reading. The major assignment will not be due in the same week as the course (you will have time afterwards to submit).
    Learning Activities Summary
    Pre-recorded online lectures, lectures, workshops, group activities, guest lectures, readings, assignments.
    Specific Course Requirements
    You must attend a minimum of 80% of the classes for this week. 
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Collection Needs Assessment, 4000 words, 60%
    Worksheet 1, 800 words, 10%
    Worksheet 2, 1000 words, 15%
    Catalogue Critique, 1000 words, 15%

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Must attend a minimum of 80% of the classes in order to pass this course. 
    Assessment Detail
    Collection Needs Assessment, 4000 words, 60%
    Worksheet 1, 800 words, 10%
    Worksheet 2, 1000 words, 15%
    Catalogue Critique, 1000 words, 15%
    All work to be submitted via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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