Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: ARCH5205C

Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4355 - 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

 Michele Meister
(ph) 9925 4596 or  Reception (ph) 9925 4819


Nominal Hours: 80

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 decorate residential interiors for the solution of interior decoration projects in accordance with project briefs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4002 Decorate residential interiors


1. Analyse the project brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and

organisational requirements relevant to decorating for

residential spaces are verified and complied with

1.2 Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with


1.3 Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed

1.4 Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements

1.5 Communication with others is established and maintained

1.6 Problems or underlying factors to be addressed by the

project brief are verified


2. Conduct research for the design


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Areas for research are identified

2.2 Impacts of cultural, social and economic influences and

trends are identified and analysed

2.3 Ergonomic and anthropometric influences are identified

and analysed

2.4 Environmental issues are identified and analysed

2.5 Other relevant information is assessed and used to guide


2.6 Design influences are prioritised for relevancy to design


2.7 Collected information is documented


3. Confirm the design brief

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Design requirements are translated in a manner which is

clear and concise

3.2 Factors affecting the outcome of the project are


3.3 Criteria for assessing and evaluating design concepts are


3.4 Final design brief outlining all the requirements is

compiled, produced and refined with the client


4. Generate decoration concepts

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Creative methodologies are used to generate a range of

decoration concepts and themes

4.2 Concepts are assessed against the project brief to select

most viable solution

4.3 Concept is presented to client using a range of concept

presentation methods

4.4 Ideas are discussed with client and concept is modified

according to feedback


5. Translate concepts into 3D decoration ideas

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The elements and principles of design that are derived from

the concept are explored

5.2 A range of 3-D decoration ideas are generated from the


5.3 Surface materials, finishes, and colours are explored and

assessed for their ability to express the concept

5.4 Furniture, fixtures, fittings and accessories are explored

and assessed for their ability to express the concept

5.5 The allocation and arrangement of objects within the space

are explored

5.6 2-D and 3-D sketches are developed to document the 3-D



6. Revise and refine solution

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Planning is revised and refined, and ergonomics considered

6.2 Regulatory requirements relating to decoration are assessed

to determine compliance

6.3 Finishes, fittings, fixtures, furniture, materials and

accessories are selected

6.4 Colour scheme is selected to complement the space and

create the required visual experience

6.5 Environmental aspects of decoration solution are examined

and areas for improved sustainability are identified and

incorporated where possible

6.6 Preliminary drawings are developed


7. Present decoration solution to client

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Final presentation is prepared for the client

7.2 Final presentation is presented to the client with key

features and benefits of the solution explained

7.3 Client is engaged to gain feedback on decoration elements


8. Reflect on decoration process

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Client feedback and response are analysed to determine

success in achieving client satisfaction

8.2 Own performance in the design process is examined to

identify strengths and weaknesses

8.3 Areas for improvement are identified

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises & tasks.

You will also be required to undertake independent study.
Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

In class activities will include:
• Lectures & project based work
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed activities/projects
• Class exercises to review lectures

Out of class activities will include:
• Online investigation
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits

Teaching Schedule


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 11 • Introduction to Decorate Residential Interiors course structure – mode of delivery & project activities over 2 semesters.
• Google Community set up
• Introduction to semester 1 Project (Style Blog)
• What are the Elements of a style?
• Consideration of Interiors regarding Climate, Culture, History and Politics
• Style file:
• Scandinavian
• American
 1.1 to 1.6
 2.1 to 2.7
Task 1 “Style Blog”
due week 1 Semester 2
 12 Style file:
• Asian / Indian
• Lux / Glam
• Moroccan
 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4

 Style file:
• Recycle / Up cycle
• Retro
• Indoor - Outdoor

 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4

Style file:
• Minimalism ( Japan, Amish...)
• Maximalist (Shabby chic, Boho&hellip;)

 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
 15 Style file:
• Tuscan
• Mexican
• Mediterranean
 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
 16Style file
• French Provincial
Project set up - Style allocation
Important attendance for upcoming project
 1.1-1.6, 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
                                 SEMESTER BREAK
                                 SEMESTER 2 
  •  Submission Task 1

ntroduce Dec Res Int major decoration project for semester 2
 Class discussion regarding visual diary    
 Confirmation of design process development 
 Select style to underpin project 
 TASK 2 Oral presentation-  TASK 3 A2 Presentation board


 1.1,1.2 ,
 1.3, 1.4

 TASK 1Style Blog:

 due TODAY

TASK 2 Oral presentation 
TASK 3 A2 Board

due WEEK 16

Please be aware, that Decorate Residential will run to week 16 semester 2 and will be clustered with Research and Recommend  Soft Furnishings for Interiors ( ARCH 5214C) please refer to the Soft Furnishing Course guide Semester 2 in second semester  for the weekly schedule


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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems 
You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Materials resource room

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be project based.

Assessment Tasks

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both
Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

Practical tasks and a major project
Direct observation and exploration 
Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
Completion of a journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

Decorate residential Interiors
In second semester this course is linked to ARCH5214C  Research and recommend soft furnishings for interior 
This will allow your project work to be assessed against several competencies

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

TASK 1 Style Blog   due WEEK 1 semester 2 

TASK 2 - Oral presentation - due WEEK 16 semester2

TASK 3 - Presentation A2 board - due  WEEK 16 semester 2 
Oral presentation of design solution to client and A2 board  using visual techniques across a variety of media 
You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has
produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian (

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (see list below), but also utilises graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction (4 GPA)
CDI: Competent with Distinction (3 GPA)
CC: Competent with Credit (2 GPA)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (1 GPA)
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 be successful in this course.
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.

Student feedback at RMIT:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage

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.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
Further links - Application for extension of time

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

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