Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: GRAP5299C

Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

School: 320T Architecture & 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

Lecturer - Jenni Woods 

Accelerated Coordinator : Jenni Woods 


Nominal Hours: 65

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 describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to source information on design history and theory, and to apply that information to one’s own area of work.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES305A Source and apply information on the history and theory of design


Apply information to own area of work

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Evaluate information in the context of current design practice
2.2.Assess ways in which aspects of information on design history and theory could be used or adapted to inform current practice
2.3.Use relevant information in a culturally appropriate way to develop an understanding of own area of work


Collect information on history and theory of design

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Identify and access relevant sources of information
on design history and theory
1.2.Organise research material and findings for current
or future use in design practice, in a manner which
facilitates easy access and cross-referencing


Update and maintain knowledge of design trends

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Identify and use opportunities to update and expand
knowledge of design trends and developments
3.2.Incorporate and integrate knowledge into design

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to individuals who work in design and need to develop and maintain a general knowledge of design history and theory.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place online via myRMIT only, there will be only one face to face delivery for this course in Week 2.

Online class activities will include:

  • Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • lectures
  • design projects 
  • peer learning
  • group discussion
  • online research
  • independent project based work
  • teacher directed group activities/projects

Out of class activities may include:

  • visits to Galleries and/or Exhibitions

Teaching Schedule


Overview of course content and assessment requirements. 
Presentation of Copyright & Referencing requirements
Library and Resource exercise


Lecture to Introduce Interior Design History in Context - timeline of development of design styles


Early Civilisations : Ancient Egypt


Classic Civilisations : Ancient Greek & Roman

Task 1.1 Interior Design History Community Post

Medieval Period : Early Christian to Gothic

Task 1.2 Interior Design History Community Post

The Rise of Humanism : Renaissance

Task 1.3 Interior Design History Community Post

The Exotic East : China, Japan and Middle East

Task 1.4 Interior Design History Community Post


The Age of Ornamentation : Baroque & Rococo Lecture

Task 1.5 Interior Design History Community Post

Return to the Classics : Neo-Classicism Lecture

Task 1.6 Interior Design History Community Post

Task 2 Furniture Fusion Interim Submission


The Rise of Industry : Victorian & Arts & Crafts Lecture

Task 1.7 Interior Design History Community Post

Sex & Sensibility : Art Nouveau Lecture

Task 1.8 Interior Design History Community Post

Mid Semester Break - 19.9 - 30.9.16


Streamlined Elegance : Art Deco Lecture

Task 1.9 Interior Design History Community Post

Age of Modernity : Early Modernism, the Bauhaus, Internationalism

Task 1.10 Interior Design History Community Post

Mid 20th Century : 1940 to 1970

Task 1.11 Interior Design History Community Post


Brave New World : 1970 to current day

Task 1.12 Interior Design History Community Post
16Review & submissionTask 2 Furniture Fusion final submission

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Interior Design & Decoration, Abercrombie & Whiton, Pearson Prentice Hall, 6th Edn.


The History of Interior Design, John Pile, Wiley, 3rd Edn.


Furniture, Judith Miller, Dorling Kindersley, 1st Edn.


Australian House Styles, Maisey & Ian Stapleton, The Flannel Flower Press, 1st Edn.


Other Resources

You are advised to check the course folder at the myRMIT site (Blackboard) for ongoing updated information.  All classes for this course will be conducted via access to myRMIT (Blackboard).  You will require a computer at home (brand/type not specified), secure internet connection and a set of headphones with integrated microphone for online class connection (mobile phone headphone sets will be sufficient).

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

Overview of Assessment

Evidence of the following is essential:
• knowledge of the history and theory of design and how this may be applied in design practice
• application of research and evaluation skills.

Assessment Tasks

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks.
Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.  All assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved.

Assessment Task 1 - Interior Design History Community
You will complete a response to 12 questions, posted once per week on the Google Community for this course.
Due date : Weekly from Week 4 to 15

Assessment Task 2 - Furniture Fusion Project
Using an image of an historical interior you are to write an overview of the period style it belongs to and re design the space to incorporate contemporary furniture and decorative items in a blended style.  Presentation will be via written submission and a multi-media presentation incorporating Photoshop.

This Task will be assessed at 2 points:
Due date : Week 9  - submission of 500 word overview of selected period style
Due date : Week 16 - submission of final Presentation including multi-media presentation, schedule of furniture and design statement

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


CHDCompetent with High Distinction4 GPA
CDICompetent with Distinction3 GPA
CCCompetent with Credit2 GPA
CAGCompetency Achieved – Graded1 GPA
NYCNot Yet Competent 
DNSDid 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:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage

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

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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
Further links - Application for extension of time

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

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