Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5217C

Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4355 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact : Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lindsey Glover
(ph) 9925 4435 or reception (ph) 9925 4818

Amanda Bennett
Reception (ph) 9925 4819 

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 specifies the outcomes required to assess natural and artificial light sources of an interior space and make recommendations for light fittings as part of a decorative solution.

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent research and recommendation of light fittings and sustainable lighting practices which are part of an integrated decorative solution.
This unit requires employability skills in initiative and enterprise and problem solving in order to direct the research and selection of suitable light fittings. Communication skills are used to access and interpret information using information technologies and complete required documentation. Self management and learning skills are applied in the review of information and arrangements to ensure project needs are met

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4008 Assess interior light and recommend light fittings


Interpret lighting requirements from project brief

Performance Criteria:

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


Assess natural light sources

Performance Criteria:

Site analysis is conducted to assess the natural light and ultraviolet (UV) penetration
Project brief and building plans are acquired to assess aspect and orientation
Window treatments and placement are examined to analyse their efficiency in controlling light
Selection of colours for walls, ceilings, furnishings and wall hangings are reviewed in their effect on raising or lowering the effect of light into the space
Characteristics of natural light are researched and reported in accordance with the project brief goals
Methods of light control and light control devices are assessed for their affect on natural light


Assess artificial light sources

Performance Criteria:

Artificial light sources and their properties are assessed for adequacy in achieving desired lighting effects
Environmental impact of artificial lighting devices are researched and assessed and current technologies identified
Location of artificial lights are identified and required changes to location to meet desired effects are determined
Affect of artificial lighting on the colour spectrum is analysed
Technical terms associated with artificial lighting are used to communicate lighting requirements
Special effects that can be achieved using artificial lighting are identified
Industry standards and requirements for artificial lighting are researched and identified


Select light fittings

Performance Criteria:

Research is conducted to determine cost and energy efficient light fittings to meet the requirements of an integrated decoration solution
Required locations of light fittings are identified
Light fittings are selected and specifications documented
Electricity board is assessed to determine potential complications with selected light fittings
Electrician is consulted to confirm costing and installation requirements to implement lighting schedule


Draw and present lighting layouts for an interior space

Performance Criteria:

Lighting layout is documented using industry symbols and conventions
Selection of light fittings are related to layout, including furniture, ceiling forms and natural light
Formats for schedules of light fittings are researched
Lighting schedule is completed
Costing are determined and documented
Lighting layout is presented to client

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

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

In Class Activities will include:
• practical demonstrations with guest lecturer
• design activities or projects
• group discussion
• online investigation
• independent project based work
• site visits (observations)
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
• other activities as decided by teaching staff
Out of Class Activities will include:
• Online investigation
• Independent project based work
• Gallery & exhibition visits
• Industry related visit
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

 Weekly Activities Colour
 Weekly Activity Lighting Light Elements
   1Introduction to course
Procedures & processes
Tasks & activities
 1.1 to 1.5 2.2    3.2 Introduction to course
Procedures & processes
Tasks & activities
Lighting TASK 1 due WEEK 9
Colour & Light TASK 2 due WEEK 15

 1.2  to 1.4

Video 1 - how we see
Colour Task 1 - Colour wheels
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1    3.2
Assessing daylight conditions
 2.1 to 2.6

Video 2 - what makes colour
Colour T1 - explore a colour

  2.1 to 2.4
3.1      3.2
Electrical light uses
 3.1 to 3.7
  4.1 to 4.5
 Video 3 - colour psychology
Colour T1 - colour of others
 Progressive assessment & feedback of blogs so far :
- blog posts

 2.1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2

 Lighting scenarios

Progressive assessment & feedback of lighting diary so far :
LIGHTING - visual diary

1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6

 Colour systems
 Itten & 12 major colour groups 


  2.1 to 2.4
 3.1      3.2
Lighting products
 4.1 to 4.5
 Colour proportion
 Advance & Recede
  2.1 to 2.4
 3.1     3.2
Government legislation & OH & S
 Inspiration & the future
 1.1 to 1.6
 4.1 to 4.5





  WEEK 4 - Colour & Lighting
  Progressive assessment & feedback of lighting diary so far :
   COLOUR - blog posts
   LIGHTING - visual diary


  WEEK 9 - Lighting
  Hand-in TASK 1 - Lighting visual diary
  PDF or powerpoint on USB stick


  Week 15 - Colour & Lighting
  Colour - hand-in TASK 1 - colour visual diary
  Colour & Light combined Task 2  - major project 



  3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
 Start Lighting & Colour classroom tutorials
Introduction to TASK 2 Lighting & Colour Major Project / revision of past on-line classes
 1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
   8   1.4   2.2   3.2  3.4  3.8 
 4.1 to 4.3
Grey scale / Tints pastels tones & shades
 Homework for EASTER BREAK

 1.4 2.2 3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3

  Colour proportion - general rule & reverse
 Hand-in Lighting TASK 1 visual diary on USB stick (PDF or powerpoint)
   10 1.4 2.2 3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
 Lighting - reflected ceiling plan
Colour - colours of artwork
 1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
   11 1.4 2.2 3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
Lighting - schedule
Colour - approach to decoration 1
 1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6 
   12 1.4 2.2 3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
  Explore & develop major project
  Colour - approach to decoration 2
  Spatial colour 1
   131.4 2.2 3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3

 Explore & develop major project
 Colour - approach to decoration 3
 Spatial colour 2

  14  1.4 2.2 3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Colour & lighting revision of Task 1 & 2 ready for presentation
 Action feedback in readiness for hand-in
 1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
  15  Present major project
 Hand-in TASK 1 Colour & TASK 2 Colour & Lighting

ARCH5217C Assess interior light and recommend light fittings is clustered with ARCH5206C Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces 

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.
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


Other Resources

Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

Library colour resources
AV presentations
Materials resource room

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be project based

Assessment Tasks

 ARCH 5217C Assess interior light and recommend light fittings is a clustered unit with ARCH 5206C Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces

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 & a major project
- direct observation & investigation
- Questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
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 - Lighting Visual Diary
Exploration of the main elements of the Lighting training package as a PDF or powerpoint onto a USB stick

Task 2 - Major Project - Client Presentation
Application of lighting & colour concepts & theories experienced through the diary exercises to an interior scenario

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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