Course Title: Evaluate site for interior design brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: ARCH5207C

Course Title: Evaluate site for interior design brief

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

John Perperis

Maddie Granata

Hoda Afra 



Nominal Hours: 40

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 skills and knowledge required to evaluate materials and construction methods used on a site in order to determine their impact on the interior design brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID5003 Evaluate site for interior design brief


Assess materials used in interior space

Performance Criteria:

Materials used in interior walls are identified and their features, applications and limitations assessed
Materials used in flooring are identified and their features, applications and limitations assessed
Finishes and other materials used are assessed and implications for design brief are identified
Properties of the materials used in structures are analysed and evaluated


Assess services

Performance Criteria:

Plumbing, water and drainage features that may impact on design brief are identified and assessed
Features of electrical service are assessed to determine suitability for design requirements
Other services are assessed to determine suitability for design requirements


Assess structural aspects of interior space

Performance Criteria:

Wall construction and features are identified and suitability to design requirements are determined
Flooring construction and features are identified and suitability to design requirements are determined
Roof construction and features are identified and suitability to design requirements are determined
Other structures and their features are analysed to determine requirements to meet design brief
Changes required for structural aspects to meet design brief are identified and implications examined
Measurements are undertaken and recorded to inform budget calculations and design documentation
Costs associated with making structural changes are estimated


Conduct additional research to support site evaluation

Performance Criteria:

Specialist professionals are consulted to verify or further determine outcomes relevant to design requirements
Building information, plans, drawings and materials data is accessed to gain additional information relevant to the project
New technologies are researched to determine relevance to project
Longevity and restorability quality of structures and materials are researched
Environmental considerations for project are identified and further information accessed to ensure currency of knowledge


Prepare for site evaluation

Performance Criteria:

Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to conducting site visits are verified and complied with
Scope of brief is reviewed and any available drawings accessed
Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
Site visit is arranged with client


Tools used to assist in site evaluation are prepared

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required to identify the features and implications associated with common structural techniques used for walls, ceilings and floors and the materials used. It also covers a simple assessment of main services to determine suitability for design requirements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study

In class activities may include:

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• practical demonstrations
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• lectures
• design activities or projects
• online activiities
• group projects
• peer learning
• guest lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• workshops
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• site visits (observations)
• studio practice
• tutorials
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

This course is taught and assessed with ARCH 5208C Develop a Decoration Proposal

Teaching Schedule

A detailed Weekly Schedule is available on Blackboard

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









TUesday  06.2.18               2A + 2B + 2C

10.30-12.30pm               Lecture  Room  TBC

Studio Prac. 1
(Handouts-Project Brief, Client Brief, AT1, Gallery Tour)

Mandatory review of course outline

Project brief analysis, brainstorming and discussion to confirm details of project and assessment requirements.

Typologies –site surrounds

Formulating Design Brief AT1 Group Formulation – allocated by teachers

Distribution of Materials for the year and photographing of students for class photo lists

1 Hr lecture on the brief  to AD & Dip students

guest speakers




Thursday 08.02.18        2A + 2B + 2C

1.30- 4.30PM                 Room  TBC

Eussen project

Studio Prac. 1 - Site Visit

Client Introduction
Locality Review

Groups to be arranged with students on

Attend all other scheduled Orientation Week 1 activities as per separate timetable distributed by email and in Session 1.



Monday 12.2.18 


Teachers to photograph students & upload onto Google Drive

Review of Task 1

AT1 group work & teacher review

AT1 group work

cad files issued to students

Research time in groups

Students - compulsory to attend lecture with building surveyor


Thursday  15.2.18 

AT1 – Research Presentation

Each group to present their findings to teacher and class using a digital presentation method

Introduce AT2 – Preliminary Concept Presentation

ClassConcept Generation

Class: Doc & Pres Techniques

AT2 Work on concept, material selection, planning, design drawings

Develop preliminary concept design

building surveyor talk to be determined Ben & Daniel to confirm



AT1 Presentation



Monday 19.2.18 

Class – The Site - technical,  structural, ergonomic requirements and limitations

Generate design concepts in preparation for Preliminary Concept Presentation. finalise the Conceptual planning

Complete all drawings and digital presentation for AT2 submission




Thursday  22.2.18 

Class: methods of presentation for Final Concept discussed and demonstrated


Select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting & graphics.





Monday 26.2.18 

AT2 – Preliminary Concept Presentation

Individual students to present initial concept ideas to teacher as per Assessment Brief

Introduce AT3 – Final Concept Presentation & Documentation.

Apply material selection to design concept.

Collect / order / purchase materials samples – flooring, paint, fabrics etc

AT2 Presentation


Thursday  01.3.18 

Class – The Project - technical,  structural, ergonomic requirements and limitations

Class – NCC, BCA, Australian Standards

Class: FF&E - Economic Ecofriendly Sustainable solutions

Select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting & graphics.



Monday 05.3.18 

Class – Documentation, drafting, layout & notes

Class: FF&E & Finishes Schedules

Select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting & graphics.



Thursday  08.3.18 


Class – RCP: Lighting, Mechanical, Electrical

Draft Schedules

Prepare documentation package



Monday 12.3.18 

Labour Day Vacation

Finalise FF&E selections and schedules

Organize what is needed to Prepare documentation package- have checklist



Thursday  15.3.18 

Class: methods of presentation for Final Concept demonstrated and discussed (Layout, graphics, typography)

Working drawings for Structural Elements - students to bring draft drawings to class for review

Finalise rendered 2D & 3D drawings of scheme for client presentation




Monday 19.3.18 

Class: Design Statements

Prepare a fully resolved design scheme for Final Design Presentation

Prepare documentation package

Prepare Materials selection for final presentation



Thursday  22.3.18 

Pre Assessment Review – students to bring draft submission to class for review (this is the final opportunity for teacher feedback prior to final presentation)

Finalise design presentation including A3 package, materials presentation and schedules in professional manner using a range of digital media.



Monday 26.3.18 

Final design Concept prepared and discussed with teacher in class

Finalise design presentation including A3 package, materials presentation and schedules in professional manner using a range of digital media.



Thursday  29.3.18 

AT3 - Final Concept Presentation & Documentation

Final design Concept is presented to teacher and class in an oral presentation supported by digital resources.

A3 Documentation package to be submitted as per Brief

Teacher marking, moderation and selection of top 9 projects


AT3 Presentation

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

For Site Visits you will require the following equipment :

8m Tape Measure and Camera

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively assess structural and non structural elements of a site to determine implications for interior design
• Identify the features and implications of construction techniques identified in the range of variables
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for assessing a site
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area 

Assessment Tasks

You will undertake one major project which includes several key components to demonstrate your competence in a range of areas.

This major oroject is to detail a proposal for a commercial space within an Industry Trade Show (Exhibition space)

Assessment tasks are linked to the subjects ARCH 5207C Evaluate Site for Interior Design Brief and GRAP 5208C Develop a Decoration Proposal

Assessment Tasks include the following :

Task 1 : Research Presentation
Present research on Exhibition design (national and international), site analysis and future trends.  Submission Due : Week 2, Session 1

Task 2 : Preliminary Concept Presentation
Present preliminary Concept ideas to teacher including model, sketches, plan/elevations/sections.  Submission Due : Week 3, Session 2

Task 3 : Final Concept Presentation and Documentation
Present final Concept in multi media presentation including 2D and 3D methods of communication.  Submit working drawings and schedules.  Submission Due : Week 8, Session 1

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 (

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
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Cover Sheet for Submissions (MAYBE REQUIRED)
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.
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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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