Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: ARCH5205C

Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4355 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact: Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lindsey Glover



Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to decorate residential interiors for the solution of interior decoration projects in accordance with project briefs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4002 Decorate residential interiors


1. Analyse the project brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1      Applicable  work health and safety (WHS), legislative  and organisational  requirements  relevant  to decorating for residential  spaces are verified  and complied with

1.2      Project brief is reviewed, client

confirmed  and clarified  with

1.3      Parameters for the projec

t are assessed and confirmed

1.4      Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements 

and checked for operational effectiveness

1.5  Communication with others is established  and maintained


1.6  Problems or underlying factors to be addressed by the project brief are verified



2. Conduct research for the design


Performance Criteria:


Areas for research are identified


Impacts of cultural,  social and economic  influences  and

trends are identified  and analysed


Ergonomic  and anthropometric  influences  are identified and analysed


Environmental issues are identified  and analysed


Other relevant  information is assessed and used to guide research


Design influences  are prioritised  for relevancy to design brief


Collected information is documented


3. Confirm the design brief

Performance Criteria:


Design requirements  are translated  in a manner which is clear and concise


Factors affecting  the outcome of the project are documented


Criteria for assessing and evaluating design concepts are determined


Final design brief outlining all the requirements  is compiled,  produced and refined  with the client


4. Generate decoration concepts

Performance Criteria:


Creative methodologies  are used to generate a range of decoration concepts and themes


Concepts are assessed against  the project brief to select most viable solution


Concept is presented to client using a range of concept presentation methods


Ideas are discussed with client  and concept is modified according to feedback


5. Translate concepts into 3D decoration ideas

Performance Criteria:


The elements  and principles  of design that are derived from the concept are explored


A range of 3-D decoration ideas are generated from the concept


Surface materials,  finishes,  and colours are explored and assessed for their ability to express the concept


Furniture,  fixtures,  fittings  and accessories are explored and assessed for their ability to express the concept


The allocation and arrangement  of objects within the space are explored


2-D and 3-D sketches are developed to document the 3-D space


6. Revise and refine solution

Performance Criteria:


Planning is revised and refined, and ergonomics  considered


Regulatory requirements  relating to decoration are assessed to determine  compliance


Finishes,  fittings,  fixtures,  furniture,  materials  and accessories are selected


Colour scheme is selected to complement  the space and create the required visual experience


Environmental aspects of decoration solution are examined and areas for improved sustainability are identified  and incorporated where possible


Preliminary drawings are developed


7. Present decoration solution to client

Performance Criteria:


Final presentation is prepared for the client


Final presentation is presented to the client  with key features and benefits of the solution explained


Client is engaged to gain feedback on decoration elements


8. Reflect on decoration process

Performance Criteria:


Client feedback and response are analysed to determine success in achieving client satisfaction


Own performance  in the design process is examined  to 

identify strengths  and weaknesses


8.3      Areas for improvement  are identified

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. 

You will also be required to undertake independent study.
Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

In class activities will include:
• Lectures & project based work
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed activities/projects

Out of class activities will include:
• Online investigation
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits

Teaching Schedule



Decorate Residential Interiors course structure
Mode of delivery & project activities over 2 semesters
Introduction to semester 1 Project Style Blog
Introduction to semester 2 Major project

 1.2 to 1.5

3.1 to 3.4
 5.1 to 5.6

 TASK 1 Style Blog
 Due week 16
    12 Lecture : Styles

 Tutorial - Collect style information - explore and research 2 allocated blogs
 1.1 to 1.6
 2.1 to 2.7
 3.1 3.3 3.4
 4.1 to 4.4
    13Lecture : Styles

 Tutorial - Collect style information - explore and research 2 allocated blogs
 5.1 to 5.6
 6.1 to 6.6
 7.1 7.2
    14 Lecture : Styles

 Tutorial - Collect style information - explore and research 2 allocated blogs
 6.1 to 6.6
 7.1 to 7.3
 8.1 to 8.3

 Lecture : Styles

 Tutorial - Collect style information - explore and research 2 allocated blogs

7.1 to 7.3
 8.1 to 8.3

 Digital submission of Task 1 Style Blog

 TASK 1 Style Blog 
                                 SEMESTER 2  COURSE CONTENT  

TASK 2 oral presentation - TASK 3 A3 Board
Linked to Soft Furnishings  
Discussion about
• your clients
• Existing conditions
• Concept Development
• Process Journal

 1.1,1.2 ,
 1.3, 1.4

TASK 2 oral presentation

TASK 3 A3 Board 

due  WEEK 16   


ESD Principles
Concept Development in Process Journal

2.5,2.7,2.8, 2.9, 3.2

 1.1, 1.2

Terrace Project: Floor Plan to scale, concept colours, materials, furniture for Client Approval.
This will be in the form of an A3 Mood Board in the classroom for your peers and teacher to view and assess.

 2.2, 2.4,2.5, 3.1,3.3,

3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2

 Loose client presentation

With client (lecturer) refinement of design in Process Journal

5,6.1- 6.6 




2.1-.7, 3.3,4.1-4.4 

Sourcing Furniture, Soft Furnishing, Décor & accessories, materials and colour

 2.1-2.9, 3.1-3.9, 4.1-4.5, 6.1-6.6 

Sourcing Furniture, materials, accessories and colour


5.1-5.5 6.1-6.6

    9Discussion regarding PREPARATION for A3 board and oral presentation 3.3,4.1,4.2 7.1-7.3 
   10 Tutorial/studio work 
   11 Tutorial/studio work2.7,5.4
   12 Tutorial/studio work

 7.1 to 7.3


   13Tutorial/studio work -Preparation for client presentation 7.1, 8.1-8.2
   14Tutorial/studio work -Preparation for client presentation 7.1 to 7.3, 8.1-8.2 
   15 Tutorial/studio work -Preparation for client presentation 7.1-7.3, 8.1-8.2 

 Deliver Assessment Task 2 - Oral Presentation

 Hand-in Assessment Task 3 - A3 Board

 7.2,  7.3

 TASK 2 oral presentation

TASK 3 A3 Board 


Semester 1      
Lectures on Styles - weeks 11 to 16

Semester 2
Tutorials - weeks 1 to 16

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems 
You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Materials resource room

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be project based.

Assessment Tasks

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both
To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Practical tasks and a major project
  • direct observation and exploration 
  • written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding

Decorate residential Interiors
In second semester this course is linked to Soft Furnishings and Drawing 
This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies

TASK 1 - Style Blogs - due WEEK 16  semester 1
TASK 2 - Oral presentation - due WEEK 16 semester 2
TASK 3 -
A3 Presentation Board - due WEEK 16 semester 2 

Oral presentation and A3 Board showing design solution to client using visual techniques across a variety of media - linked to Soft furnishings & Drawing techniques courses

You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has
produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
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The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian ( )

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (see list below), but also utilises graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction (4 GPA)
CDI: Competent with Distinction (3 GPA)
CC: Competent with Credit (2 GPA)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (1 GPA)
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment 

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit
of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend
all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.
Feedback - You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on
how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student feedback at RMIT:
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges
that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works
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Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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Further links - Application for extension of time
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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
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