Course Title: Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: ARCH5175C

Course Title: Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building 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 deals with the skills and knowledge required to research and document the materials, construction techniques and methods associated with the construction of residential buildings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID4007A Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors


1.  Demonstrate knowledge of structural components and materials used

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Residential building process is delineated into separate construction stages and expressed chronologically
1.2. Trades, construction techniques and materials associated with each stage are summarised
1.3. Individual component members are identified and sorted into structural or non-structural categories
1.4. Demolition methods for the removal of existing work can be identified


2.  Interpret plans and specifications

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Specific components and materials on given building plans are located
2.2. Construction methods are explained from a given plan
2.3. Specific component details in a given building specification are located and identified
2.4. Bill of quantities and other relevant specification documents are interpreted
2.5. Prime cost items are located and extracted from a given set of documents


3.  Specify the materials and methods involved in the refurbishment of wet areas

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Properties of materials used in wet area construction are evaluated
3.2. Installations of wet area cabinetry are specified


4.  Develop and maintain relevant and current reference material

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Relevant Building Services Authority building licensing requirements applicable to interior decoration projects are complied with
4.2. Evidence of contact with industry suppliers to obtain information relevant to building components and equipment used in residential interiors is presented
4.3. An index to the portfolio to reflect industry topics and to allow easy access to the information is provided
4.4. Future additions of reference material are allowed for and details of the information such as date, source, author and reference to any related information are included
4.5. A strategy to ensure that the portfolio remains current and accurate is prepared

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in interior decoration businesses of all sizes. The ability to demonstrate knowledge of the materials and methods associated with the construction of residential buildings must be shown.

Details of Learning Activities

 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.

a 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
• guest lecture
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• workshops
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• site visits (observations)
• studio practice
• tutorials
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
• other activities as decided by teaching staff

Teaching Schedule

1 Floor, Foundations & Floor Systems (lecture)  1,2,3,4

 Internal Linings & Windows & Doors (lecture)

 3 Stairs & Glass & Glazing (lecture)  1,2,3,4
 4 Kitchen & Bathrooms (lecture)As per rmit policy  assessment Task 1 draft.  1,2,3,4
 5 Joinery (lecture)  1,2,3,4
 6 Building Services: Electrical & Plumbing
 7 Tutorial & review of student work & questions Task 1 
8Tutorial & review of student work & questions  
9Tutorial & review of student work & questions  
 Mid semester break  
10Tutorial & review of student work & questions  
11Tutorial & review of student work & questions  
 12 Tutorial & review of student work & questions  
 13 Tutorial & review of student work & questions  
14Tutorial & review of student work & questions  
15Tutorial & review of student work & questions  
16submission weekTasks 2 due 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

• Access and interpret information about building materials and processes
• Identify key elements and participants in the building process
• 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

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

Formative Assessment: Task 1 Digital reference folio - Collate relevent data from each lecture topic for future reference . Due week 8 semester one.

Task 2 Bathroon/kitchen details. techical drawing covention s to communicate relevent construction details. Due week 16 semester one.  

Summative Assessment: Both taskes will be reviewed as requested by students.

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

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded).

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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