Course Title: Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: ARCH5175C

Course Title: Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building 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

Accelerated Program
Nancy Everingham

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 deals with the skills and knowledge required to research and document the materials, construction techniques and methods associated with the construction of residential buildings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID4007A Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors


1.  Demonstrate knowledge of structural components and materials used

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Residential building process is delineated into separate construction stages and expressed chronologically
1.2. Trades, construction techniques and materials associated with each stage are summarised
1.3. Individual component members are identified and sorted into structural or non-structural categories
1.4. Demolition methods for the removal of existing work can be identified


2.  Interpret plans and specifications

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Specific components and materials on given building plans are located
2.2. Construction methods are explained from a given plan
2.3. Specific component details in a given building specification are located and identified
2.4. Bill of quantities and other relevant specification documents are interpreted
2.5. Prime cost items are located and extracted from a given set of documents


3.  specify the materials and methods involved in the refurbishment of wet areas

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Properties of materials used in wet area construction are evaluated
3.2. Installations of wet area cabinetry are specified


4.  Develop and maintain relevant and current reference material

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Relevant Building Services Authority building licensing requirements applicable to interior decoration projects are complied with
4.2. Evidence of contact with industry suppliers to obtain information relevant to building components and equipment used in residential interiors is presented
4.3. An index to the portfolio to reflect industry topics and to allow easy access to the information is provided
4.4. Future additions of reference material are allowed for and details of the information such as date, source, author and reference to any related information are included
4.5. A strategy to ensure that the portfolio remains current and accurate is prepared

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in interior decoration businesses of all sizes. The ability to demonstrate knowledge of the materials and methods associated with the construction of residential buildings must be shown.

Details of Learning Activities

In Class Activities may include:
• Lectures
• Guest speakers
• Peer teaching and class presentations
• Group discussion
• 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 may 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.
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

Overview of Assessment

• Access and interpret information about building materials and processes
• Identify key elements and participants in the building process
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks



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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