Course Title: Design and install merchandise signage

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: MKTG8026C

Course Title: Design and install merchandise signage

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 9925 4670

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 prepare signage for use in the display of merchandise and promotional activity. You will develop the ability to determine signage requirements, design suitable signage options and arrange production. 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

SIRRMER011 Design and install merchandise signage


1. Determine signage requirements.

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Determine signage purpose and desired messaging and seek any required clarification.

1.2. Identify and confirm signage specifications, budget and constraints.

1.3. Access and review organisational style guidelines and standards to inform signage design.


2. Design signage.

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Access creative sources of information and identify signage trends to draw inspiration to inform design.

2.2. Test and experiment with forms of imagery, typography and language that meet purpose, desired messaging and organisational styling requirements.

2.3. Determine the relevance and use of digital and non-digital signage types.

2.4. Identify resources required to produce signage and confirm feasibility and alignment with budget.

2.5. Determine internal and external resourcing and production requirements.

2.6. Identify opportunities to create cost-efficiencies and maximise use of resources.

2.7. Identify and action measures for achieving resourcing efficiencies in signage production.

2.8. Develop a production brief to provide external parties with clear and detailed signage brief.


3. Produce signage.

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Provide a signage production brief to internal and external signage producers.

3.2. Review signage samples and provide feedback for improvements.

3.3. Produce signage using digital and non-digital signage production techniques.

3.4. Monitor signage production to ensure timelines are met.

3.5. Ensure finalised signage meets signage design.


4. Install signage.

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Install signage and adjust as required to ensure visual appeal is maximised.

4.2. Monitor signage to ensure currency and accuracy of information.

4.3. Dispose of unwanted signage, minimising environmental impacts.

4.4. Correctly store unused signage to prevent damage.

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 Prop Making!

This course is all about making great props and signage, and doing it safely! Over the next 16 weeks we will meet for 3 hours each week in the VM workshop to explore manufacturing techniques and safe working practices. Canvas will be used in this course as the place where you can access course assessments and relevant and inspirational information.  

Prop Making is what is known as a "clustered course". That is, it is a course made up of two or more complimentary units. In this course those units are MKTG 8026C "Design and Install Merchandise Signage" (National training Code SIRRMER011) and OHTH 5976C "Contribute to Workplace Safety" National training Code SIRXWHS002). 

By the end of this course you should be able to create a range of signage and props, and have a solid grounding in working safely in the workplace.

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. OHS Induction.

Activity Using Guillotine
Activity: Using Hotwire cutter


Introduce Assessment 1 – Sign & Icon
Activity : Artwork prep and stencil making

Activity OHS : Documenting OHS procedures of prop making processes


Sign & Icon

Activity : Artwork prep and stencil making

Activity OHS : Documenting OHS procedures of prop making processes


Sign & Icon

Activity : Materials for props

Activity OHS : Documenting OHS procedures of prop making processes


Sign & Icon

Activity : Assembling props

Activity OHS : Documenting OHS procedures of prop making processes


Assessment 1 DUE : Sign & Icon

Intro Pop Up Assessment

Activity/ Homework : research suitable  images 


Pop Up Sign/Prop

Activity : Layering process

Activity OHS : Documenting OHS procedures of prop making processes


Pop Up Sign/Prop 

Activity : Finalise

Activity OHS : Documenting OHS procedures of prop making processes


Assessment 2 DUE : Pop Up Sign/Prop 

Activity : Complete Assessment


Introduce Table Centre Piece Assessment

Activity :  3D mock ups with Cardboard & Materials

Activity OHS : Documenting OHS procedures of prop making processes


Table Centre Piece

Activity : Creating Bases and elements

Activity OHS : Documenting OHS procedures of prop making processes   


Table Centre Piece

Activity : Assembling Table Centrepiece

Activity OHS : Documenting OHS procedures of prop making processes  


Table Centre Piece 

Activity : Finishing Table Centrepiece

Activity OHS : Documenting OHS procedures of prop making processes


Assessment 3 DUE : Submitting Table Centre Piece 


Intro to advanced techniques and power tools

OHS Inductions for each tool and process


Advanced techniques and power tools

OHS Inductions for each tool and process

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 projects.




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


Assessment Tasks


To demonstrate competency in this course you need to submit each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

ASSESSMENT 1 : Sign and Icon & OHS Documentation- For this assignment you will create a 3D sign and a 3D icon (prop) for a food or beverage product. The sign will feature the name of the brand, and the icon is a prop or logo that reflects the product brand. The sign and the Icon will be used in displays that you create in Display 1. The size of the sign will be A3. You must include OHS notes and reports

ASSESSMENT 2 :Pop-Up Sign/Prop & OHS Documentation- For this assignment, you will work in pairs to create two A4 size, 3D Popup . Each student can make their own book. One book will be made in portrait and the other book will be made in landscape format. This book could be considered a scale-model concept for a window display or a freestanding installation within a store or shopping Mall. These Pop Up books will be used for a display in Display 1, weeks 14, 15, 16 (dependent upon your class). You must include OHS notes and reports

ASSESSMENT 3 :Table Centre Piece & OHS Documentation- For this assessment, you will make a creative Table Centre Piece (TCP) based on the design and construction plans you have been working on in Illustration. The purpose is to take a creative concept and convert it to a completed 3D object. The completed Table Centre Piece you create will be used for a themed table setting in Display 1 later in Semester 1. The structure MUST be made from Cardboard. You must include OHS notes and reports

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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