Course Title: Interior Theory and History: An Introduction

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Theory and History: An Introduction

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1102

City Campus

Undergraduate

315H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

ARCH1102

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Olivia Pintos-Lopez

Course Coordinator Phone: 99250475

Course Coordinator Email: olivia.pintos-lopez@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8 level 11 room 17


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None

You may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education.


Course Description

History/Theory 1 is a first year history and theory lecture program for Interior Design students. It is an introductory course to history and theory in relation to the practice of interior design. It is designed as an introductory course to the overall Interior Design program as well as an introduction to the concept of idea-led interior design.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• Conceptualise and engage in research through design as part of the creative process to open the potential for new understandings, experimentation and innovation.
• Communicate your ideas and designs verbally, visually and textually through a range of media to your peers as well as professional, academic and public audiences.
• Reflect, analyse, synthesize, critique and evaluate your own work as well that of your peers and apply your knowledge and skills with initiative and insight in professional practice and/or scholarship.
• Engage in research with an enhanced appreciation and understanding of theoretical, environmental, social, historical, cultural and technical contexts in relation to the activity of interior design and be able to engage and extend this knowledge through the practice of design.
• Understand and value your individual abilities and way of working as an interior designer; to initiate independent strategies together with the ability to plan and time manage projects; to develop a personal work ethic based on initiative and self-motivation.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Appreciate the value of critical thinking in relation to the design of interiors.
• Interpret expanded concepts of the interior and of interiority.
• Compare and contrast a range of research strategies relevant to interior design.
• Select and apply communication techniques appropriate to audiences in academic and professional contexts.
• Plan and time manage your work in response to deadlines.
 


Overview of Learning Activities

The course is taught through the following learning activities: lectures, seminars, site visits, group work, one-on-one consultations with the tutor, and individual project work.   


Overview of Learning Resources

A reader will be provided and available for purchase in the first two weeks of semester. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning and research.

It is advisable that you have a personal computer of an appropriate specification.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/interior-design

The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Gwen Scott  gwen.scott@rmit.edu.au


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment is through class presentations, discussions with the seminar group, site visits, project work, essay writing, and other visual- and text-based work.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment