Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: ARCH5173C

Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

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

Accelerated Program
Lindsey Glover -
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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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID4008A Assess interior light and recommend light fittings


1.  Interpret lighting requirements from project brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Applicable OHS, 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


2.  Assess natural light sources

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Site analysis is conducted to assess the natural light and ultraviolet 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 and furnishings, and wall hangings are reviewed in their effect on raising or lowering the affect 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


3.  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


4.  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 costings and installation requirements to implement lighting schedule


5.  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. Costings are determined and documented
5.6. Lighting layout is presented to client

Learning Outcomes

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 .

Details of Learning Activities

In Class Activities will include:
Lectures & project based work
Group discussion
Teacher directed group activities/projects
Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
Out of class activities will include:
Online research
Independent project based work
Gallery/Exhibition visits
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.
On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Teaching Schedule

Assess and recommend lighting & light fittings  is a clustered unit with LMFID4001A Apply colour for interiors & is delivered and assessed in conjunction withApply colour for interiors - which focuses on the skills and knowledge required to colour & light a range of residential & commercial spaces.

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

Library colour resources
AV presentations
Materials resource room

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

Overview of Assessment

• Assess light for it environmental impact and ability to meet decorative requirements
• Provide the client with cost effective and efficient lighting solutions
• Apply design elements and principles in recommending light fittings
• Provide documented lighting layout and schedule
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for assessing light and recommending fittings
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

 Assess and recommend lighting is a clustered unit with Apply colour for interiors

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.

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills- to demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Task 1: Formative assessment - Lighting Visual Diary
Exploration of the main elements of the Lighting training package as a powerpoint on USB or CD

Task 2: Summative assessment - Residential Project
Application of lighting concepts from previous exploration to an interior scenario

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.
All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.

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

Assessment Matrix

 At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

CHDCompetent with High Distinction
CDICompetent with Distinction
CCCompetent with Credit
CAGCompetency Achieved – Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for Assessment

 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 students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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.
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

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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