Course Title: Research and recommend furniture and accessories

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: ARCH5213C

Course Title: Research and recommend furniture and accessories

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


Kieron Meagher

Michele Meister

 Part Time Certification IV Program Co-ordinator - Kieron Meagher

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 of competency covers researching and recommending furniture and accessories for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements and applies to a design and decoration, retail, consulting or studio environment.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4004 Research and recommend furniture and accessories


Interpret decoration requirements from project brief

Performance Criteria:

Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending furniture and accessories are verified and complied with
Project brief is reviewed and clarified with client to determine requirements for furniture and accessories
Parameters for furniture and accessories are assessed and confirmed
Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
Communication with others is established and maintained


Research furniture

Performance Criteria:

Aesthetic and style requirements of the furniture are assessed
Intended application for the furniture is analysed and reviewed
New furniture technologies are researched and reported
Tactile requirements of the furniture in relation to the design are researched
Properties of the materials used in the production of furniture are analysed and evaluated
Manufacturing processes and available expertise for the desired furniture are assessed
Costs and availability of furniture are assessed and compared
Environmental impact of furniture materials used are assessed
Longevity and restorability qualities of furniture are researched
Space is measured for furniture requirements, calculating quantities and requirements
Principles of anthropometrics, ergonomics and spatial relationships are applied


Research accessories

Performance Criteria:

Aesthetic and colour requirements of the accessories are assessed
Intended application for the accessories is analysed and reviewed
New accessory technologies are researched and reported
Tactile requirements of the accessories in relation to the design are researched
Properties of the materials used in the production of accessories are analysed and evaluated
Manufacturing processes and available expertise for the desired accessories are assessed
Costs and availability of accessories are assessed and compared

Environmental impact of accessory materials used is assessed
Longevity and restorability qualities of accessories are researched
Space is measured for accessory requirements, calculating quantities and requirements
Sketches and drawings are completed and prepared for positioning of products, materials and accessories


Make recommendations to client

Performance Criteria:

Quantities and qualities of selected furniture and accessories are presented and promoted to the client
Performance and characteristics of selected furniture and accessories are presented and promoted to the client
Costs associated with purchasing and obtaining the furniture and accessories are provided in quote form to the client
Presentation of research information and samples is made, highlighting the findings and rationale for the furniture and accessories chosen
Feedback and follow up is instigated and maintained with the client

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

This course will be clustered with the course GRAP5295C 3D Design Process and
ARCH5218C Kitchen Design delivered using a blended approach in the following modes:
In Class activities will include:

�� Lectures
�� Peer teaching and class presentations
�� Teacher directed group activities/projects
�� Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
�� Creative thinking techniques
�� Construction of models

Out of Class activities will include:

�� Online research
�� Independent project based work

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

WEEKGRAP5295C 3D Design
ARCH5218C Kitchen Design  CONTENTARCH5213C research & recommend furniture
1Overview of course content and assessment requirements.
Presentation of project. Warm up exercise "Dog Model"
Overview of course content &
assessment requirements.
Presentation of project.
Overview of course
content and assessment
requirements. Presentation
of project.
2Living Presentation and Spatial
Planning. Presentation of "Dog Model" exercise.
 Indoor/Outdoor Living
Presentation and Spatial
3Introduction to Ergonomics. Presentation & Spatial Planning Introduction to Ergonomics. Presentation & Spatial Planning
4Concept Presentation to teacher & peersConcept Presentation to
teacher & peers
Concept Presentation to teacher & peers
5Construction Details. Presentation & preparation of drawings. Commence ESD
section 1:50.
As applicable - No class Friday
& 7th & morning Monday 10 August.- self directed learning exercise
Commence Kitchen schematicFurniture Layout Presentation & preparation of drawings & schedule
6Review of ESD section (on going)Cont. Kitchen schematicPreparation of Furniture
layout drawings & schedule continue
7Electrical & Plumbing Services Presentation & preparation of drawingsCommence preparation of kitchen model and continuation of drawings. 
8Preparation of plans, elevations & commence perspective drawingsPreparation of Kitchen Joinery drawings continue 
11Review of plans, elevations and
commence perspective drawings
mid semester break 21 to 25 September inclusive
12Oral Presentation techniques  
13Techniques & confirmation of final layout, model and drawingReview of kitchen joiner drawing
Review final furniture selection, layout & schedule
14Commence finalise plans, elevations & perspective drawingsCommence completion of model &
Commence completion of final furniture selection, layout & schedule
15Finalise plans, elevations &
perspective drawings
Completion of model & documentationCompletion of final furniture
selection, layout & schedule
16Final submission of all documentation including 5 minute Oral Presentation to teacher and peersSubmissionSubmission
17Review & re-submission as

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


Mitton, M., 2012, Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics,
Models and Presentation Techniques, 4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New


Ching, F., 2011, Building Construction Illustrated, 4th Edition, John Wiley &
Sons, Inc.


Ching, F., Binggeli, C., 2012, Interior Design Illustrated, 3rd Edition, John
Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Panero, J. & Zelnik, M., 1979, Human Dimension & Interior Space: A Source
Book of Design Reference Standards, 1st Edition, Witney Library of Design an
imprint of Watson-Guptill Publications, New York


Other Resources

Students may be required to use some of the following materials in preparation of drawings and
models for this course:

  • drawing pencils, pens and markers
  • scale ruler, metal ruler, adjustable set square
  • paper
  • clays and other plastic compounds (plasticine, plaster)
  • cutting tools (scissors, knives, blades)
  • fibres, tape, sting
  • foam core, polystyrene
  • recycled/found materials
  • measuring tools
  • wire
  • papers, cardboard and paper pulp
  • pliers
  • relevant and current hardware and software
  • wood, metal, fabric, plastic

The university Library has extensive resources for Interior Design Students.
The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your
studies h
The Library provides guides on academic referencing
and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian colour, soft furnishings and dec res!

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be project based.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks in this course are either formative or summative.
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.
Task 1 - Major Project - Warehouse Residence Renovation.
Your major project is to design a renovation of a converted warehouse shell from concept
through to final working drawings.
You will be required to research concept ideas, specify & implement furniture plans, complete
joinery drawings and scale model of Kitchen and present all in mixed media presentation
supported by an oral presentation.
There will be 4 separate components of this project that you will be graded on :
1. A3 Visual diary
2. Warehouse Documentation
3. Kitchen Documentation and Model
4. Oral and Visual Presentation

Submission Due Dates: A3 Visual diary - Week16, Warehouse Documentation (formative) -
Week 21, All other documentation is due Week16.

RMIT Grade Table
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

All work for Assessable Tasks is required to be submitted on the due date and time as outlined in
the Assessment Briefs.
Exception to this is where an approved DLU plan, an application for Special Consideration or an
approved Extension of Time is in place, submitted before the the Assessment Briefs.
Exception to this is where an approved DLU plan, an application for Special Consideration or an
approved Extension of Time is in place, submitted before the task’s due date with appropriate documentation.
Please visit the following link on the RMIT website for all information regarding adjustments to
assessable work;;ID=od0oagg9uc111.
If your work is incomplete, you are strongly encouraged to submit your work on the due date, in
order to meet the submission requirements.
Should it be below competency you may be asked to resubmit (within 5 working days), and for
that resubmission, if deemed competent, you may only receive a Pass.
Late Submission
Submissions will only be accepted up to 3 working days after the due date and time, with
appropriate documentation ie a medical certificate.
Apart from the exceptions listed above, submissions received in this period can only receive a
Pass (50%), if deemed competent.

Assessment Matrix

For Assessment Matrix, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant course

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.
Student feedback at RMIT :;ID=9pp3ic9obks7
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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