Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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:

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


Select light fittings

Performance Criteria:

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


Assess natural light sources

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Site analysis is conducted to assess the natural light and ultraviolet (UV) penetration
2.2 Project brief and building plans are acquired to assess aspect and orientation
2.3 Window treatments and placement are examined to analyse their efficiency in controlling light
2.4 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
2.5 Characteristics of natural light are researched and reported in accordance with the project brief goals
2.6 Methods of light control and light control devices are assessed for their affect on natural light


Assess artificial light sources

Performance Criteria:

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


Draw and present lighting layouts for an interior space

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio/classroom and on-line, using industry standard tools and resources.
You will be required to undertake independent study.

In Class Activities will include:

  • Lectures and project based work
  • group discussion
  • Teacher directed activities/projects
  • Class exercises to review lectures 
  • Site visit
  • Practical demonstrations with guest lecturer

   Out of Class Activities will include:

  • Online investigation
  • Independent project based work
  • Gallery & exhibition visits   
  • Industry related excursions

    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 Activity Colour - on-line blog Colour

 Weekly Activity Lighting


 Introduction to Colour & Lighting  courses
 Procedure & processes
 Tasks & activities
 Colour TASK 1 due WEEK 15
 Colour & Light Task 2 due WEEK 15
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.2 3.2
 Introduction to Colour & Lighting courses
 Procedure & 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 2.4
 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 blog posts so far
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2

 Lighting scenarios
 Progressive assessment & feedback of blog posts so  far
 COLOUR - TASK 1 blog posts
 LIGHTING - TASK 1 process journal


 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 1.5
 4.1 to 4.5


      WEEK 4 - Colour & Lighting
      Progressive assessment &
      feedback of so far :
      COLOUR - blog posts
      LIGHTING - process journal

      WEEK 9 - Lighting
      Hand-in TASK 1 - Lighting process journal
      PDF or powerpoint on USB stick

      WEEK 15 - Colour & Lighting
      Colour - hand-in TASK 1 Colour
      process journal
      Colour & Lighting combined TASK 2
      major project



 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
 Start Colour & Lighting classroom tutorials
 Introduction to TASK 2 colour & lighting major project /
 revision of on-line work / equipment
 Homework for EASTER BREAK (24th March to 3rd April)
 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
     81.4 2.2
 3 .2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Grey scale & tints pastels tones & shades
     9 1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Colour proportion - general rule & reverse
 Hand-in TASK 1 Lighting process journal on USB stick
 (PDF or power point)
     10 1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
 Colour - colours of art work
 Lighting - reflected ceiling plan
 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
     111.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
Colour - approach to decoration 1
Lighting - schedule
 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
     121.4 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
     13 1.4 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
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 TASKS 1 Colour & TASK 2 Colour & Lighting
     16 Review Assessment - deliver Feedback rubric &
where necessary direct Resubmission

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

A creative process which focuses on the skills and knowledge required to participate in teamwork across a range of business
and community activities.

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.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Lecture and class notes, refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder
Relevant industry websites and organisations

Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

Library lighting resources
AV presentations

You are advised to look at the course on the 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 clustered & delivered 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
- completion of a process journal including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of process journal
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 Process Journal
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 Documentation
Application of lighting concepts & theories experienced through the journal exercises to an interior scenario

You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time.
The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that
relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome. At the completion of the
course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

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
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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
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Further links - Application for extension of time
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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
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