Course Title: Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: ARCH5174C

Course Title: Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4251 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kieron Meagher

Nominal Hours: 54

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 research and recommend hard materials and finishes for various interior decoration and design solutions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID4006A Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors


1.  Identify hard material requirements for project

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Applicable OHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending hard materials are verified and complied with
1.2. Project brief is reviewed to determine desired effects for interior space
1.3. Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed with client
1.4. Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
1.5. Communication with appropriate personnel is established and maintained


2.  Identify types and features of hard materials

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Types of hard materials and their suitability to wall, floor, ceiling and stair applications is identified
2.2. Types of hard materials and their suitability to window and door applications are identified
2.3. Other hard material products and their features and applications are identified
2.4. Hard material requirements for application in a residential environment are analysed
2.5. Hard material requirements for application in a commercial or industrial environment are analysed
2.6. Environmental and sustainability considerations for hard materials are examined


3.  Research hard materials

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Aesthetic requirements of the space are assessed
3.2. New hard material technologies are researched and reported
3.3. Tactile requirements of the hard materials in relation to the design are researched
3.4. Application methods and available expertise for the desired effect are assessed
3.5. Manufacturing processes and available expertise for the desired material are assessed
3.6. Costs of hard materials are assessed and compared
3.7. Environmental impact of hard materials are assessed
3.8. Longevity and restorability of hard materials are researched
3.9. Hazards associated with the use and application of hard materials are researched
3.10. Quality of hard materials are assessed


4.  Recommend hard materials

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Elements and principles of design are used to examine the appropriateness of hard materials for client brief requirements
4.2. Hard materials are selected to meet client brief requirements
4.3. Presentation of research information is made, highlighting the findings and rationale for the hard materials chosen
4.4. Presentation includes a range of presentation strategies including one or more materials boards

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent research and recommendation of hard materials including a range of finishes and applies to a design and decoration retail, consulting or studio environment. These skills and knowledge are to be used within the scope of the person’s job and authority.

Details of Learning Activities

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Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

Mode of delivery is blended.

In class activities may include:

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• practical demonstrations
• Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• seminar presentations
• practical placement
• lectures
• design activities or projects
• online activiities
• group projects
• peer learning
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• workshops
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• tutorials
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
• other activities as decided by teaching staff

Teaching Schedule

1 NaturalTimber
(lecture & discuss)
 Issue Task 1
2 Man Made Timber
(lecture & discuss)
 Issue Task 2
Stone Natural
reconstituted (lecture & discuss)
4 Masonry Brick & concrete (lecture) As per rmit policy summative assessment Task 1 first draft 1,2,3,4
5 Metals Steel to Copper

6 Plastics Acrylics, polymers, laminates & vinyl (lecture)

7 Glass (lecture)  1,2,3,4
  Tiles ceramic, porcelain, mosaic (lecture) 1,2,3,4
8 Plaster & Paint (lecture)  1,2,3,4
9 Task 1.1 to 1.8
choose X2 Blogs to upload
  Mid semester break  



 Tutorial  & review of student project work & questions.

11 Tutorial & review of student project work & questions  1,2,3,4
12 Tutorial & review of student project work & questions  1,2,3,4
13 Tutorial & review of student project work & questions  1,2,3,4
14 Tutorial & review of student project work & questions   1,2,3,4
15 Tutorial & review of student project work & questions  1,2,3,4
16Submission week Task 2 due 1,2,3,4

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


Ballard Bell, V. with Rand, P., 2006, Materials for Design, Princeton Architectural Press, New York

Ching, Francis D. K., 2008, Building Construction Illustrated, 4th Edn., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey

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

Ching, f, Building Construction Illustrated, Van Nostrand Reinhold New York 1975

Copperlestone, T, Frank Lloyd Wright, Grange Books 1999

Dunlop, B – Hector, D Ed., Twentieth Century Classics 3 Architects Walter Gropius Le Corbusier Louis I Kahn, Phaidon 1999

Emmitt, S & Grose, C, Barry’s Advanced Construction of Buildings, Blackwell Press 2006

Engel, H, Measure & Construction of the Japanese House, Tuttle Pub. 1985, IBSN 987-0-804801492-8

Fletcher, B, A History of Architecture on The Comparative Method, Batsford Ltd. 1948 edition (any edition is fine).

Freeland, J. M, A History Architecture In Australia, F. W. Cheshire Publishing Pty Ltd 1968

Goad, P, Bingham - Hall P Ed., New Directions in Australian Architecture, Pesaro Publishing, Sydney, 2001

Galfetti, G. G Ed., Shigeru Ban, GG Portfolio 1997

Hollingsworth, M, Architecture of the 20th. Century, Bison Books 1988

McQuaid, M, Shigeru Ban, Phaidon Press 2008, IBSN 978 0 7148 4629 3

Nishi, K & Hozumi, K, What is Japanese Architecture, Kodansha 1983, ISBN 978-4-7700-1992-9

Ogg, A, Architecture In Steel The Australian Context, The Royal Australian Institute Of Architects 1987

Reid, E, Understanding Buildings, MIT Press 1989

Stains, A, The Australian House Builders Manual, Pinedale Press Dec. 1998

Wilkie, G & Arden, S, Building Your Own Home A Comprehensive Guide For Australian Owner Builders, Lansdowne 1999

Yee, R, Architectural Drawing a Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, John Wiley & Sons 1997

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively research and select hard materials to assist with informing the design process and arrive at a solution which meets client requirements
• Effectively apply design elements and principles to the research and selection of hard materials
• Effectively research and select hard materials in accordance with the concepts and design brief
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for researching and recommending hard materials
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.

Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both

Formative assesssment

Task 1 - Materials Research Blog
Research 4 different hard materials and post your research and images of material in use and
innovative uses. Due week 17 of semester 1 

Task 2 - Materials Board for a Kitchen
Using the Kitchen designed for project in 3D Design Process, select all hard materials, prepare a
materials board with samples, legend and rendered perspective drawing. Due week 15 semester 2.

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

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 gain the competency.

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.
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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

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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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.

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 :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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