Course Title: Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: ARCH5174C

Course Title: Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for 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

Jenni Woods

Nominal Hours: 54

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 research and recommend hard materials and finishes for various interior decoration and design solutions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID4006A Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors


1.  Identify hard material requirements for project

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Applicable OHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending hard materials are verified and complied with
1.2. Project brief is reviewed to determine desired effects for interior space
1.3. Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed with client
1.4. Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
1.5. Communication with appropriate personnel is established and maintained


2.  Identify types and features of hard materials

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Types of hard materials and their suitability to wall, floor, ceiling and stair applications is identified
2.2. Types of hard materials and their suitability to window and door applications are identified
2.3. Other hard material products and their features and applications are identified
2.4. Hard material requirements for application in a residential environment are analysed
2.5. Hard material requirements for application in a commercial or industrial environment are analysed
2.6. Environmental and sustainability considerations for hard materials are examined


3.  Research hard materials

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Aesthetic requirements of the space are assessed
3.2. New hard material technologies are researched and reported
3.3. Tactile requirements of the hard materials in relation to the design are researched
3.4. Application methods and available expertise for the desired effect are assessed
3.5. Manufacturing processes and available expertise for the desired material are assessed
3.6. Costs of hard materials are assessed and compared
3.7. Environmental impact of hard materials are assessed
3.8. Longevity and restorability of hard materials are researched
3.9. Hazards associated with the use and application of hard materials are researched
3.10. Quality of hard materials are assessed


4.  Recommend hard materials

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Elements and principles of design are used to examine the appropriateness of hard materials for client brief requirements
4.2. Hard materials are selected to meet client brief requirements
4.3. Presentation of research information is made, highlighting the findings and rationale for the hard materials chosen
4.4. Presentation includes a range of presentation strategies including one or more materials boards

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent research and recommendation of hard materials including a range of finishes and applies to a design and decoration retail, consulting or studio environment. These skills and knowledge are to be used within the scope of the person’s job and authority.

Details of Learning Activities

In Class Activities will include:
• Lectures
• Guest speakers
• Peer teaching and class presentations
• 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
• 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.

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


Ballard Bell, V. with Rand, P., 2006, Materials for Design, Princeton Architectural Press, New York


Ching, Francis D. K., 2008, Building Construction Illustrated, 4th Edn., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey


Other Resources

Lecture and class notes, refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder

Relevant industry websites and organisations, refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively research and select hard materials to assist with informing the design process and arrive at a solution which meets client requirements
• Effectively apply design elements and principles to the research and selection of hard materials
• Effectively research and select hard materials in accordance with the concepts and design brief
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for researching and recommending hard materials
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

Task 1 - Materials Research Blog
Research 8 different hard materials and post your research and images of material in use and
innovative uses.

Task 2 - Materials Board for a Kitchen
Using the Kitchen designed for project in 3D Design Process, select all hard materials, prepare a
materials board with samples, legend and rendered perspective drawing.

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.

Assessment Matrix


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

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

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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