Maricopa Community Colleges  ASB251   19942-99999 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 11/23/93
ASB251 19942-99999 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Introduction to Museums
The changing nature of museum practice in acquiring and managing collections and disseminating information. Prerequisites: None.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
ASB251   19942-99999 Introduction to Museums
1. Trace the history of museums and museum practice. (I)
2. Compare different types of museums and museum collections. (II)
3. Analyze methods for preserving and conserving collections. (II)
4. Identify key business, personal, legal and financial issues that affect museum organizations and operation. (III)
5. Describe the applications of volunteerism in museums. (III)
6. Assess and critique the basic educational mission and activities of museums. (IV)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
ASB251   19942-99999 Introduction to Museums
    I. History of Museums and Museums Practice
        A. Early collecting and museums
        B. Growth and development of museology
        C. Ethics of museum practice
        D. Future directions
      II. Collection Care
          A. Types of museums
          B. Nature of collections
          C. Management of collections
          D. Conservation issues, preservation issues
          E. Environmental management
        III. Organization and Operation
            A. The business of museums
            B. Staffing and management
            C. Volunteerism
            D. Funding of museums
            E. Legal issues
          IV. Exhibits and Education
              A. The concept of museum interpretation
              B. Museums audiences
              C. Exhibit planning and development
              D. Ancillary programming: On-site and outreach
              E. Research and evaluation
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