Course Title: Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: ARCH5171C

Course Title: Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors

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

Ann Maher                 PH    99254819

Genevieve Galvin     PH    99254819 

John Perperis           PH    99254819

Nominal Hours: 108

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 describes the knowledge and skills required to apply researched information to formulate creative and complex design solutions to a range of small to medium scale commercial or institutional interior design situations satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID5013A Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors


1.  Analyse the project brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Applicable OHS , legislative and organisational requirements
relevant to designing for commercial or institutional spaces are verified
and complied with
1.2 Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client
1.3 Key requirements for the project are assessed and confirmed and
constraints determined
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 Relevant research is conducted to gain all information which may be
used to inform the design process
1.7 All required information is accessed and interpreted to inform the design


2.  Conduct project research

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Site analysis is conducted to assess the requirements of the spaces
requiring work
2.2 Intended function of the space is ascertained from the client
2.3 Contextual information relating to the brief is researched and evaluated
2.4 Functional and planning issues are determined specific to the site and
client requirements
Skills and Knowledge
Required skills
 applying principles and elements of design
 communicating design concepts
2.5 Research material is organised and presented in the form of a design
2.6 Project is planned to make effective use of time and available resources


3.  Develop design concepts

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Multiple ideas and concepts are generated in a creative and diverse
manner that is sympathetic to the design brief
3.2 Concepts are presented through sketches, mood boards, concept
boards and concept models
3.3 Viability of concepts are assessed in conjunction with others
3.4 Environmental implications of the project are assessed and design
concepts reviewed to ensure maximum energy efficiency is achieved in
3.5 Access issues relating the project are identified and addressed in design


4.  Design the space

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Ideas are translated into 3-D space satisfying functional criteria
4.2 Evidence of 3-D notions are explored through modelling
4.3 Idea with the greatest potential for success is presented to promote the
design's acceptance using both 2-D and 3-D representations
4.4 Client feedback is sought, amendments are agreed to and recorded,
and ideas are revised and refined
4.5 A materials palette is selected to enhance spatial ideas
4.6 Design is modified in response to critical feedback without loosing
integrity of the design intention


5.  Revise and refine solution

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Ergonomic and anthropometric principles are assessed in respect to the
space and the intended products
5.2 Spatial planning is further revised and resolved in response to client
5.3 Materials , colours , finishes , fixtures and fittings are selected
appropriate to the concept and brief parameters
5.4 Feedback is received through consultation with the client and
incorporated into design solution


6.  Prepare a fully rendered client presentation

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Resource requirements are identified for presentation
6.2 Final design solution is communicated effectively and creatively using a
range of techniques and media
6.3 Documentation drawings and material selections are prepared that are
consistent with, and that best communicate, the design intent
6.4 Work is completed to plan and within brief constraints
6.5 Client feedback and response is analysed to determine success in
achieving client satisfaction
6.6 Own performance in the design process is examined to identify
strengths and weaknesses
6.7 Areas for improvement are identified

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required to design spaces for small to medium commercial or institutional interiors.

This unit covers employability skills in teamwork and communication in order to work with others in the design process. Planning and organising and problem solving skills are required to apply design processes and initiative and enterprise are required to develop design ideas. Self management and learning skills are applied to assess and reflect on own design skills and identify areas for improvement.

Details of Learning Activities

The student learning experience will be facilitated through participation in the following activities .

Excursions / Site visits / Guest Speakers

Project Work

Supervised learning


Independant research - Self directed learning

Some activities will include a selfdirected learning approach. Self-directed learning  refers to

organised activities that students undetake independently, either as individuals or with other students

students. This may include workplace research,library assignments, field work and work placements.

Teaching Schedule

A detailed Weekly Schedule is available under the relevant Course Guide ARCH5171C in Blackboard via MyRMIT 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

A range of texts, Powerpoint presentations, DVD’s and websites will be recommended at the start and throughout the semester 

Details are listed in the Course Guide ARCH5171C in Blackboard via MyRMIT

Overview of Assessment

Effectively design for at least two interior small to medium scale commercial or institutional spaces to provide the client with creative solutions that satisfy the design brief

Effectively apply design elements and principles in designing for commercial space

Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for designing for commercial space

Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

The application of competency is to be assessed in the workplace or realistically simulated workplace

Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints

Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge, other than confirmatory questions, will usually be conducted in an off-site context

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements

The following resources should be made available:

*  workplace location or simulated workplace

*  materials and equipment relevant to designing for small to medium commercial spaces

*  specifications and work instructions

Assessment Tasks

You will undertake one Major Project with 4 key components to demonstrate your competence in a range of areas.

Your project is directed at a commercial development at The Convent, Abbotsford, with a strong focus on sustainability.  Two student groups will utilize a suite of rooms for a Bar/ Restaurant proposal.  A further two student groups will consider a set of alternative connected spaces to create a bespoke Retail Atelier.

 The process to develop your proposal uses a sequential methodolgy

                                     - Concept Development

                                    -  Design Development

                                    -  Resolution and Final presentation

                                    -  Documentation

Your teacher will provide further information via Blackboard at the outset of the unit.

Refer to the relevant Course Guide ARCH 5171C in Blackboard via MyRMIT for further details

Assessment Matrix

You will present your ideas and resolution to the group at both Concept and Final presentation stage.

Please refer to relevant Course Guide ARCH 5171 in Blackboard via My RMIT for further details.

Other Information

All work to be rendered using a mixture of Technology and hand skills.

To be competent in this unit you must complete all components of the project, which are weighted equally to support the final presentation.

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