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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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

John Perperis

Kristine Pigford

Nancy Everingham

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 process


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
2.5. Research material is organised and presented in the form of a design proposal
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 solution
3.5. Access issues relating the project are identified and addressed in design solution


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 feedback
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 by participation in the following activities

In Class Activities will include:

• Lectures
• Guest speakers
• Peer teaching and class presentations
• Group discussion / peer review and feedback sessions
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects
• Analysis/critique of relevant reading material

Out of class activities will include:

• Online research
• 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

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

ARCH 5171C - Design for Small - Medium Interiors (Studio Practice 2)

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

For Site Visits and measure up you will require the following equipment :

8m Tape Measure and Digital Camera

internet resources: Blogs and wiki through MyRMIT (Blackboard)

Library resources

Australian Standards AS1100.301-2008 Technical Drawing Part 301: Archtitecural drawing

Plunkett, D., 2009, Drawing For Interior Design, Laurence king publishing


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 with a strong focus on sustainability. Student groups will utilise a suite of rooms to design a commercially viable set of spaces that can become part of a larger development. Design solutions will be appropriate to the client brief.

The process to develop your proposal uses a sequential methodolgy

1.Site analysis and research 

2.Concept Development

3. Design Development - resolution and final presentation

4. Documentation

Students are required to take the design solution through the design process from concept through to design development and resolution.

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

Assessment Matrix

For Assessment Matrix, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder

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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