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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: ARCH5171C

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

School: 320T Architecture & Design

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

Jenni Woods

John Perperis  

Cathy Jankowsky

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 pesentations
  • Group discussions ,peer review and feedback sessions
  • Teacher directed group activities and projects
  • Class exercises to review discussions in lectures
  • Workshopping of students projects
  • Analysis and critique of relevant reading material

Out of class activities will include :

  • Online research
  • Independent project based work
  • Gallery and exhibition visits
  • Industry related excursions

Self-directed Learning

Some activites 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





1Introducion and course overview1.1 - 3.5 1.1-1.6 
12Site visit1.1 - 3.51.1-1.6
21Further briefing and introduction to project research requirements 1.1-3.5 1.1-1.6


2Project research 1.1-3.5 1.1-1.6
31Present project research 2.1 - 5.4 1.1-1.6
32Refine concepts 2.1 - 5.41.1-1.6 
41Creation of flow charts  2.1 - 5.4 2.1-2.6
42Space planning 2.1-5.4 2.1-2.6
51Present project concept 2.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
52Design development 2.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
61Design development 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
62Design development 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
71Presentation drawings - plans, elevations, perspectives 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
72Presentation drawings - plans, elevations, perspectives 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
81Finalize selection of materials and finishes 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
82Finalize selection of materials and finishes 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
91Produce final perspective drawings 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
92Produce final perspective drawings 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
101Final board assembly 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
102Final board assembly 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
 MID SEMESTER BREAK 22.9-28.9.14  
11     1Final board assembly 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
112Presentation of final design Presentation Boards  5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
121Documentation requirements 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
122Working Drawings and Schedules  5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
131Working Drawings and Schedules 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
132Working Drawings and Schedules 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
141Working Drawings and Schedules 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
142Working Drawings and Schedules 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
151Working Drawings and Schedules  5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
152Working Drawings and Schedules 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
MID SEMESTER BREAK 3.11-9.11.14  
161Final approval of Working Drawings and Schedules prior to submission 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
162Submission of Working Drawings package and Project File 5.1-6.7

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with BSBDES502A Establish a Design Brief which focuses on the skills and knowledge required to work pro-actively with a client or commissioning organisation to develop and negotiate a design brief.

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Rutes, W. A.., Penner, R. H. & Adams, L.,  Hotels design, planning and development, 2001, W. W. Norton & Company


Fischer, Joachim, Contemporary Hotel Design, 2009, Page One Publishing Pte Ltd


Curtis, Eleanor, Hotel: interior structures, 2001, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Milton, M., Interior Design Visual Presentation, 4th. edn., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012


Panero, J. and Zelnik, M., Human Dimension & Interior Space, Random House Inc., New York, 1979


Other Resources

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

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

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

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.

Assessment Task 1 - Research Presentation (summative)
Present research on Boutique Hotels and Carlton precinct to develop the brief
Submission due Session 2, Week 3

Assessment Task 2 - Concept Presentation (summative)
Presentation of design concept for refurbishment proposal using multi-media skills
Submission due Session 1, Week 5

Assessment Task 3 - Pesentation Boards (formative)
Oral presentation of final design concept including Presentation Boards showing proposed plans, elevations, perspective drawings and selected FF&E and materials.
Submission due Session 1, Week 11

Assessment Task 4 - Documentation Package and Project File (summative)
Documentation to include site plan, elevations, sections, details and Schedules.  Project File to include Budget, Programme Schedule, Contracts and Client communications.
Submission due Session 2,  Week 16

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded 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

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 gain the competency.

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.
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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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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.
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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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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