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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: GRAP6359C

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

School: 320T Architecture & Urban Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Michele Meister 

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 skills and knowledge required to source information on design history and theory, and to apply that information in the individual’s design work.

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

More complex research into design theory and design trends is covered by BSBDES602 Research global design trends and BSBDES801 Research and apply design theory.

No licensing,

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES305 Source and apply information on the history and theory of design


1 Collect information on design history and theory

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, facilitating easy access and cross referencing


2 Apply information to own area of work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Evaluate information in the context of current design practice

2.2 Assess 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


3 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 activities

Learning Outcomes

Evidence of the ability to:

  • show how the history and theory of design can be adapted and used in own professional practice
  • maintain currency of theoretical and design knowledge.

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • summarise current design trends
  • describe the evolution of design
  • identify the organisational information practices and their application
  • outline sources of information on design history and theory relevant to own design work.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place both On Campus & Online:

Online & On Campus classes 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




Class Content


Class Content


Assessment Tasks




• Overview of course content and assessment requirements
• Presentation of Copyright and Referencing requirements
• Introduction of Assessment Task 1 and discussion about Interior Design Google Community


Set up Interior Design Google Community Account

Briefing Task 1 AT1


Post to Google Community


 AT1 – Interior Design History Community entries 

weekly entries


Introduction to Interior Design History & Researching



 Post to Google Community





Early Civilisations – Ancient Egyptian Lecture




Post to Google Community




 Classic Civilisations – Ancient Greek & Roman Lecture



Post to Google Community

 Post 1.1




 Medieval Period – Early Christian to Gothic Lecture


Post to Google Community

 Post 1.2



 The Rise of Humanism – Renaissance Lecture

  Post to Google Community

 Post 1.3



The Age of Ornamentation – Baroque to Rococo Lecture

Briefing Task 2 AT2

AT2 - Historical Interior Discovery Task Issued

Post to Google Community


 Post 1.4




 Asian Influences – China & Japan


Post to Google Community



 Post 1.5




 Return to the Classics – Neo-Classicism Lecture


Post to Google Community


Post 1.6



The Rise of Industry – Victorian and Arts & Crafts Lecture



Post to Google Community


 Post 1.7




Sex & Sensibility – Art Nouveau Lecture

Briefing Task 3 AT3

AT3 Furniture Fusion

Post to Google Community


 Post 1.8

Submission AT2 Historical Interior Discovery 



 Streamlined Elegance – Art Deco Lecture


Post to Google Community


 Post 1.9



 Age of Modernity – Modernism, the Bauhaus, Internationalism


Post to Google Community


 Post 1.10



 Mid 20th Century – 1940-1970 Lecture


Post to Google Community


 Post 1.11



 Brave New World – Late 2oth Century - 1970 to 2000 Lecture



Post to Google Community


 Post 1.12


ONLINE submission



Post to Google Community


 Post 1.13

AT1 – Interior Design History Community entries Final Submission

AT3 – Furniture Fusion 

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


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with the resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities.  You will have access to the library resources.

Students are required to have access to a computer, the internet and relevant and current hardware and software.

Assessment Tasks are submitted electronically and must be saved as a PDF.

Students will need to "Opt In" to Google + as part of the Assessment Tasks.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the design process field of work and include access to information sources on design history and theory.

Assessors must satisfy NVR/AQTF assessor requirements.

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.


This course will include 2 compulsory gallery exhibition visit, which will be scheduled throughout the semester subject what suitable exhibits are showing. 


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 and final in week 16


Assessment Task 2 - Historical Interior Discovery 

Using an image of an historical interior you are to write an overview of the period style it belongs to.

Due date: Week 11


Assessment Task 3 - Furniture Fusion Project 

Using the historical interior from Task 2, 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.

Due date : Week 16


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

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency based assessment, but which also use graded assessment.

CHD  Competent with High Distinction

CDI   Competent with Distinction

CC   Competent with Credit

CAG  Competency Achieved - Graded

NYC   Not Yet Competent

DNS  Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are 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 students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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 :

Student Progress:
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1. More information on academic progress can be found here:

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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

 Late Submission & Extensions

Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doing so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy. If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor.

Extension form link –

On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission

On time submission is an important factor in your assessment.  Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.

The following adjustments for late submission will be made. Grades will be reduced by 10%, for each day (or part thereof), for the first two days. If submissions are three days or more late, the work will only be assessed as a pass or fail – and not graded. Submissions seven days or more late, should still be handed in, however they will not be assessed and will be kept as a record only.

When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided.
For digital online submission please use e-Submission process. Information regarding the e-Submission process can be located e-submission

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :


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