Course Title: Interior Design Research Strategies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Design Research Strategies

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ARCH1435

City Campus

Undergraduate

320H Architecture & Design

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Roger Kemp

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1815

Course Coordinator Email: roger.kemp@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course
Theory and Research for Design ARCH1105 before you commence this course. Interior Design Research Project Proposal ARCH1123 is a co-requisite to this course.

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

This course will support the Interior Design Research Project Proposal course ARCH1123 through developing an extended understanding of ‘research as’, ‘about ‘and ‘for design’.

It will extend your knowledge and practice with methods including quantitative and qualitative research, project and practice based design research strategies.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Research information and acquire data through literature review, case study and typological analysis.
• Plan and prepare design briefs and research proposals incorporating appropriate research methodologies
• Execute critical techniques to writing and research through cohesive arguments and establishing questions.
• Apply academic writing conventions and styles of writing, including referencing.
• Present and critically discuss a research topic and appropriate research strategies within a frame of design research in Interior Design.


 


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.


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

You will identify the learning resources specific to your own interests in conjunction with your tutors. These may include readings, critical study of precedents, and further refinement of the communication, workshop, and other skills that you have acquired in the previous levels of the course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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 Tristan Badham tristan.badham@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 and may be delivered in a variety of forms including critique panels, audio or video recordings and written reports.

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