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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: ARCH5216C

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

Maddie Granata

Hoda Afra

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 of competency covers researching and documenting the materials, construction techniques and methods associated with the construction of residential buildings for work in interior decoration and design businesses of all sizes.
Licensing, legislative or certification requirements may apply to this unit and relevant state/territory and local government agencies should be consulted to determine any necessary certification or licensing for undertaking interior decoration and design work. Access to construction sites requires certification of general induction training specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4007 Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors


Establish structural components and materials used in residential buildings

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


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


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


3.2 Installations of wet area cabinetry are specified


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

Refer to the elements, This unit underpins many other specialised design units.

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

1Floor, Foundations & Floor
Systems (lecture)
2Internal Linings & Windows
& Doors (lecture)
3 Stairs & Glass & Glazing
4 Kitchen & Bathrooms
 As per rmit policy
assessment Task 1 draft.
5 Joinery (lecture)   1,2,3,4
6 Building Services (lecture)  1,2,3,4
7 Tutorial & review of student
work & questions
Task 1 Digital folio (group based work) due 
                                   Mid Semester break                                                                      
8 Tutorial & review of student
work & questions
9 Tutorial & review of student
work & questions
10 Tutorial & review of student
work & questions
11 Tutorial & review of student
work & questions
12 Tutorial & review of student
work & questions
13Work Health & Safety OHTH5854C An online assessment 
14 Tutorial & review of student
work & questions
15 Tutorial & review of student
work & questions
 Task 2  Details due 
16 review of student
work & respond to questions

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
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

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

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

Task 1 Digital reference folio - Collate relevent data from each lecture
topic for future reference . Due week 7 semester one.
Task 2 Bathroon/kitchen details. techical drawing covention s to communicate relevent
construction details. Due week 16 semester one.
 Both taskes will be reviewed as requested by students.

Assessment Task 1

Digital Folio group based project due week 7

Assessment Task 2

Details project due week 15

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:
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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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.
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Further links - Application for extension of time

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
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