Course Title: Research and apply techniques in spatial design

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: GRAP6360C

Course Title: Research and apply techniques in spatial design

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5381 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact: Sam Falanga

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254670

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Tim McCarthy

Nominal Hours: 50

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

None required.

Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to test and apply techniques for the production of models or maquettes for spatial designs. You will generate ideas and solutions for the layout of event spaces.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADES403 Research and apply techniques in spatial design


1. Plan and organise requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret requirements of design briefs, in consultation with clients or colleagues

1.2 Research financial, physical and human resources required for developing design concept to prototype stage

1.3 Investigate environmental, ethical and technical factors that impact on selection and use of resources

1.4 Select and prepare resources based on research into designs and approaches used for similar spaces, and relevant standards or legislative requirements


2. Test design approaches

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Produce preliminary visuals

2.2 Experiment with range of techniques and processes to test design approaches

2.3 Evaluate, challenge and refine testing processes

2.4 Critique own work and seek feedback as required

2.5 Document outcomes of testing

2.6 Select final design approach based on outcomes of testing and input from others


3. Make spatial design models or maquettes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Scope work and determine requirements for object fabrication

3.2 Select and organise materials, tools and equipment for fabrication according to design approach

3.3 Make models or maquettes consistent with design concepts and briefs

3.4 Respond to feedback and refine work as required

3.5 Present models or maquettes within agreed timeframes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Welcome to EVENT STYLING, a cluster of (SIRXMGT004) GRAP6360C Research and apply techniques in spatial design and (CUADES403) BUSM8838C Plan and manage retail projects

Both courses will be assessed as Competent/Not Yet Competent.  

Learning activities may include:- 

  • Practical Workshops - activities and projects.
  • Practical installations 
  • Reports - Observational and Analysis.
  • Case Studies.
  • Group discussions.
  • Site visits and guest speakers.
  • Peer feedback and learning.
  • Individual and team activities.

Teaching Schedule




Intro and Orientation. Show Examples. Show resources. Register for AIME.

Review Assessment tasks


EXCURSION : AIME Feb 18th – Meet at MCEC
Collect resources


INDUSTRY GUEST : JAK Creative Feb 25th

Class discussion of the selected trade stand and project planning and Event Design


Review Assessment 1 : Event preparation and planning

Discussion: Project Planning

Activity : Project mapping A - Z


Design Meeting & Discussion:

Review Project Planning Tools




Review Excursion review and learnings.

Activity : Refine Project planning


Assessment 1 DUE

Individual Student presentations of Retail Event Preparation.


Introduce Assessment 2  Plan & Design a Retail Event.

Discussion : Approaches to Spatial Design for Events




Design Meeting & Spatial Design Discussion:

Activity : Student Concept Pin Ups and class feedback




Design Meeting

Activity : Approaches to Modelmaking.


Design Meeting & Review Project progress

Activity : Modelmaking


Completion of Models and Project Presentations


Assessment 2 DUE : Complete Models & Presentations 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course.

You are advised to look at the Canvas Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

Resources that will be available to assist your learning.

Remember that the library has many resources that will help your studies.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.
Visual Merchandising Subject Guide

Also consider using the following:

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:

The Learning Lab

The Study Support Hub

English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills. Assessment tasks include practical class tasks and projects.


The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria.
To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

All assessment tasks must be submitted electronically. Files must be saved as a PDF and clearly labelled.
e.g. SMITH_Saskia_S1_20_EVENTS_AT01
(Student Name_Semester_Year_Course_Assessment Task)

Files must be submitted onto the Style Merchandise canvas shell on the due date. This will be discussed further in our class. You should refer to the assessment briefs which are available through Canvas for full assessment criteria.

This course has 2 assessment tasks. You will receive feedback and a Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory result.

Assessment 1 Retail Event Preparation  Due Week 8

Assessment 2 Plan & Design a Retail Event. Students will be able to CHOOSE ONE of the following 3 options. Due Week 16

  • Option 1 : Pop Up Retail and launch party
  • Option 2 : Spring Racing Retail Marquee
  • Option 3 : Fashion Runway and Retail Event Space

You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Foundation skills are embedded in the course and these include planning, organising and self-management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.

You will receive ongoing verbal feedback of your progress within class time and once you have uploaded your assessment submission onto Canvas, the teacher will mark it either Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory. (S/NS).
At the end of semester, if you have successfully completed all tasks you will receive a feedback form deeming you Competent.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information


Your learning experience involves lectures, active peer discussions, inclass activities and site visits.  It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Information about your Studies

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (e.g. applying for an extension of time):


Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (e.g. applying for an extension of time)

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactory by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment.  RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an application for an extension of time.

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.  


Credit Transfers and Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through life experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)

RCC applies only if you have previously demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competency addressed in this course.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL or RCC for the unit of competency addressed in this course.


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.

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