Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: ARCH5173C

Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4251 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact : Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lindsey Glover

John Perperis

Nominal Hours: 36

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 outcomes required to assess natural and artificial light sources of an interior space and make recommendations for light fittings as part of a decorative solution.

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent research and recommendation of light fittings and sustainable lighting practices which are part of an integrated decorative solution.
This unit requires employability skills in initiative and enterprise and problem solving in order to direct the research and selection of suitable light fittings. Communication skills are used to access and interpret information using information technologies and complete required documentation. Self management and learning skills are applied in the review of information and arrangements to ensure project needs are met

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID4008A Assess interior light and recommend light fittings


1. Interpret lighting requirements from project brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Applicable OHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending light fittings are verified and complied with
1.2.Project brief is reviewed and clarified with client to determine lighting requirements
1.3.Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
1.4.Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
1.5.Communication with others is established and maintained
1.6.Available budget for lighting is verified


2. Assess natural light sources


Performance Criteria:

2.1.Site analysis is conducted to assess the natural light and ultraviolet penetration
2.2.Project brief and building plans are acquired to assess aspect and orientation
2.3.Window treatments and placement are examined to analyse their efficiency in controlling light
2.4.Selection of colours for walls, ceilings and furnishings, and wall hangings are reviewed in their effect on raising or lowering the affect of light into the space
2.5.Characteristics of natural light are researched and reported in accordance with the project brief goals
2.6.Methods of light control and light control devices are assessed for their affect on natural light


3. Assess artificial light sources

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Artificial light sources and their properties are assessed for adequacy in achieving desired lighting effects
3.2.Environmental impact of artificial lighting devices are researched and assessed and current technologies identified
3.3.Location of artificial lights are identified and required changes to location to meet desired effects are determined
3.4.Affect of artificial lighting on the colour spectrum is analysed
3.5.Technical terms associated with artificial lighting are used to communicate lighting requirements
3.6.Special effects that can be achieved using artificial lighting are identified
3.7.Industry standards and requirements for artificial lighting are researched and identified


4. Select light fittings

Performance Criteria:

4.1.Research is conducted to determine cost and energy efficient light fittings to meet the requirements of an integrated decoration solution
4.2.Required locations of light fittings are identified
4.3.Light fittings are selected and specifications documented
4.4.Electricity board is assessed to determine potential complications with selected light fittings
4.5.Electrician is consulted to confirm costings and installation requirements to implement lighting schedule


5. Draw and present lighting layouts for an interior space

Performance Criteria:

5.1.Lighting layout is documented using industry symbols and conventions
5.2.Selection of light fittings are related to layout including furniture, ceiling forms and natural light
5.3.Formats for schedules of light fittings are researched
5.4.Lighting schedule is completed
5.5.Costings are determined and documented
5.6.Lighting layout is presented to client

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply Australian Lighting Standards and drawing conventions
  • Collect, organise and demonstrate your understanding information related to work briefs, basic plans and safety procedures
  • Communicate ideas and information to a client
  • Accurately record and maintain information.


Details of Learning Activities

In Class Activities will include:
- Lectures
- Guest speakers
- Peer teaching and class presentations
- Group discussion
- Teacher directed group activities/projects
- Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
- ‘workshopping’ of student projects
- Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
- Out of class activities will include:
- Online research
- Independent project based work
- Gallery/Exhibition visits
- Industry related excursions

Self-Directed Learning - Some activities will include a self-directed learning approach; self-directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace research, library assignments. Field trips and work placements.

Teaching Schedule

For Weekly Outline of Teaching Schedule and Course Outline, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder.

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Lecture and class notes, refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder.

Relevant industry websites and organisations, refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder.

Overview of Assessment

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills:

  • collecting, organising and understanding information related to work briefs, basic plans and safety procedures
  • communicating ideas and information
  • accurately recording and maintaining information
  • using computer operations for internet access and searches
  • analysing performance characteristics
  • comparing findings
  • communicating with suppliers
  • maintaining accurate records
  • clarifying and checking task related information
  • carrying out work according to OHS practices
  • recognising and responding to circumstances outside instructions or personal competence
  • efficiently and safely contributing to innovative interior decoration and design processes
  • using mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area and volume, and estimate other material requirements
  • maintaining current knowledge of interior decoration and design techniques
  • using the workplace technology related to the use of tools including calculators, measuring and recording devices

Required knowledge:

  • State or Territory OHS legislation, regulations, standards and codes of practice relevant to the full range of processes for assessing interior light and recommending light fittings
  • organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures
  • Australian Lighting Standards and drawing conventions
  • research sources for lighting
  • ergonomics, anthropometrics, proxemics and aesthetic values
  • natural light characteristics and controls
  • design themes and design development
  • sketching and drawing techniques
  • procedures for the recording, reporting and maintenance of workplace records and information
  • appropriate mathematical procedures for estimation and measurement
  • environmental protection requirements
  • established communication channels and protocols
  • problem identification and resolution techniques

Assessment Tasks

Task 1 - Visual Diary Lighting
Visual diary studying day in both commercial & residential scenarios.
Lighting products
Government standards
Future Lighting

Task 2 - Residential Project
Linked to Apply Colour for Interiors examining various interior scenarios like living & wet areas.
You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome. At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based 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

Assess & recomend lighting is a clustered unit.

This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies.

Clustered with Apply colour for Interiors.

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.
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.
Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Please refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism.
Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.

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