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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: ARCH5174C

Course Title: Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for 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

Lecturer for  Full time :Kieron Meagher

Accelerated Program Co-ordinator Nancy Everingham

Lecturer for Accelerated :Kieron Meagher

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

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

The mode of delivery for this course will be blended.

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 

Teaching Schedule

 This course is clustered with the following unit LMFID4007A Identify Interior Building Materials


Natural Timber

Task 1 hand out


Floor, Foundations & Floor Systems

Task 1 hand out

2 Man Made Timber1,2,3,4 Internal Linings & Windows & Doors1,2,3,4
3 Stone Natural / reconstituted

 Stairs, . Glass & Glazing

Tas 2 hand out


Masonry (brick) & Concrete

 Note: Class cancelled due to preparation for open day for Accellerated ONLY


 Kitchen & Bathrooms

Note: Class cancelled due to preparation for open day for Accellerated ONLY

5 Metals Steel to Copper1,2,3,4 Joinery1,2,3,4
6 Plastics Acrylics, polymers, laminates & vinyl1,2,3,4 Building Services1,2,3,4
7 Glass1,2,3,4 
Tutorial & review

 Task 1 due

8 Tiles ceramic, porcelain, mosaic1,2,3,4 Tutorial & review1,2,3,4

Plaster & Paint 

Task 1 due

1,2,3,4 Tutorial & review1,2,3,4
10 Tutorial & review1,2,3,4 Tutorial & review1,2,3,4
 Semester  break 22 to 26 September Tutorial & review 
11 OHS for Interiors1,2,3,4 Tutorial & review1,2,3,4
12 OHS for Interiors1,2,3,4 Tutorial & review1,2,3,4
13 OHS for Interiors1,2,3,4 Tutorial & review1,2,3,4
14 OHS for Interiors1,2,3,4 Tutorial & review1,2,3,4
15 Tutorial & review & finalizing Task 21,2,3,4 Tutorial & review & finalizing Task 21,2,3,4
 Semester break 03 to 07 November   
16Review and submission dueTask 21,2,3,4 Review and submission dueTask 21,2,3,4

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

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design students
The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
The Library provides guides on academic referencing
and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

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

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 - Materials Research Blog
Research different hard materials and post your research and images of material in use and innovative uses.  Due Date : Week 12

Assessment 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.  Due Date: Week 15

RMIT Grade Table

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 asessment

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 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. 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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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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