Course Title: Specify structural elements, systems and services for interior spaces

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: ARCH5169C

Course Title: Specify structural elements, systems and services for interior spaces

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5249 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Valerie Mack

Nancy Everingham

Robin Blood

Nominal Hours: 72

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 skills and knowledge required to specify structural elements, systems and services for interior spaces in order to achieve design requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID5004A Specify structural elements, systems and services for interior spaces


1.  Conduct project evaluation

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Applicable OHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to conducting site visits and preparing design specifications are verified and complied with
1.2. Project brief is reviewed and parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
1.3. Site measurements and drawings are analysed and information on structures and services confirmed
1.4. Construction methods used are identified and implications for design determined


2.  Design structural aspects of design

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Location and features of walls are determined and documented
2.2. Location and features of flooring are determined and documented
2.3. Location and features of ceilings are determined and documented
2.4. Location and features of other structures are determined and documented
2.5. Implications of structural designs are identified and addressed
2.6. Costs associated with making structural changes are calculated
2.7. Environmental considerations and access implications for structural ideas are identified and integrated into the design


3.  Design service aspects

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Location and features of plumbing are determined and documented
3.2. Location and features of air conditioning, if applicable, are determined and documented
3.3. Location and features of electricity outlets are determined and documented
3.4. Location and features of other service aspects, if applicable, are determined and documented
3.5. Implications of service designs are identified and addressed
3.6. Costs associated with making service changes are calculated
3.7. Environmental considerations and access implications for service ideas are identified and integrated into the design


4.  Liaise with specialist professionals

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Specialist professionals are sought out and contacted to assess viability of design
4.2. Costs and work requirements are confirmed with specialist professionals
4.3. Work schedule is developed and tested with industry professionals


5.  Prepare design documentation

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Design drawings are completed with layout and specifications for structural, non-structural and service information
5.2. Budget and project implementation schedule is developed
5.3. Design documentation is prepared for client
5.4. Design is presented to client and reviewed for further improvement

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required to determine structural elements, systems and services required to implement interior designs. It includes the production of drawings that include layout specifications using computer aided design programs. Structural elements may include walls, flooring and ceiling components, and services may include plumbing, drainage, electrics, gas and air conditioning. Interior designs may relate to residential or small to medium scale commercial spaces and may include new or existing buildings.
This unit requires employability skills in initiative and enterprise, planning and organising and problem solving in order to determine design specifications. Communication skills are used to interpret and document design information. Self management and learning skills are applied to gain additional information to support design skills.

Details of Learning Activities

To include :

scheduled lectures


studio based projects

site visits

simulated projects

Teaching Schedule

For Weekly Outline of Teaching Schedule and Course Outline, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder.
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

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively assess structural and non-structural elements of a site to determine implications for interior design
• Design structural aspects of interior space
• Identify service aspects of interior space
• Complete drawings and specifications for interior design incorporating structural elements and services
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others involved in the project

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 - Integrated into design for Small to Medium Scale Commercial Interiors Unit.

Assessment Task 2 - Inegrated into Studio Prac 2 - Abbotsford Convent fitout.

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.

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

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.

Assessment Matrix


Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Please refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism.

Work not seen in progress
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.

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