Course Title: Environment and Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Environment and Materials

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Jennifer Crowley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will develop a social design conscience for acting responsibly as a designer in a global context. You will analyse, assess and apply a lens for sustainability and the environment in the context of the built interior.

Through research, analysis and discussion you will lead and respond to current thinking on sustainability and its applications.

You will develop a digital reference system for a wide range of product, materials, and construction principles.

You will apply methods and safety work practices to inform and guide sustainable work practices in the interior design and decoration industry.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program outcomes:

  • Implement broad knowledge and skills of space planning, construction and fitout to select and specify materials, furnishings, colour and lighting for sustainable interior solutions.
  • Engage with contemporary trends in the interior decoration and design industry to investigate related emerging manufacturing, materials and technologies. 
  • Apply knowledge and skills for current business and professional practice releavnt oto the decoration and design industry.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Investigate and recommend a range of hard materials and finishes suitable for interior applications.
  • Assess and specify quantities and qualities of materials for a given use to Australian standards and building regulations.
  • Investigate and apply the principles of passive design re orientation, thermal mass, insulation, ventilation and glazing.
  • Create aesthetic and functional material presentations for client proposals using a legend referencing system.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include class discussions, supervised project work, independent investigation, peer feedback, reflection, site visits, demonstrations, audio visual presentations, online learning (blogs and wiki), studio work and guest presenter demonstrations.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.’

Audio visual presentations, library and internet references, relevant Australian Standards, Environmental regulations, and case studies as class notes accessed via internet

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, portfolio, models, presentations and individual / group projects.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks