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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: ARCH5175C

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

Kieron Meagher

Accelerated Program Co-ordinator Nancy Everingham

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

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 may include:

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
• lectures
• peer learning
• guest lecture
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion

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 LMFID4006A Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors

1Introduction to course and assessment procedure1,2,3,4Introduction to course and assessment procedure1,2,3,4
2Floor, Foundations & Floor Systems lecture1,2,3,4Timber - Natural lecture1,2,3,4
3Building Code of Australia lecture1,2,3,4Timber - Man-made lecture1,2,3,4
4Wall Systems lecture1,2,3,4Stone - Natural & Reconstituted lecture1,2,3,4
5Windows & Doors lecture1,2,3,4Masonry - Bricks & Concrete lecture1,2,3,4
6Internal Linings lecture1,2,3,4Metals lecture1,2,3,4
7Stairs lecture1,2,3,4Plastics lecture1,2,3,4
8Kitchen & Bathrooms lecture1,2,3,4Tiles lecture1,2,3,4
9Glass & Glazing lecture1,2,3,4Glass lecture1,2,3,4
10Joinery lecture1,2,3,4Plaster lecture1,2,3,4
11Building Services - electrical/plumbing lecture1,2,3,4Paint lecture1,2,3,4
12Revision and feedback session1,2,3,4Specifications & Schedules lecture1,2,3,4
13OHS For Interiors lecture1,2,3,4OHS For Interiors lecture1,2,3,4
14Revision & feedback session1,2,3,4Revision & feedback session1,2,3,4
15Revision & feedback session1,2,3,4Submission of Task 2 Kitchen Materials Board1,2,3,4
16Review & re-submission Review & re-submission 

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


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

• 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

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 - Digital Reference Portfolio

Develop a reference materials portfolio indexed to reflect weekly topics.  Must include current information obtained through research and by contacting suppliers.  Delivered as a digital file.  Due Date: Week 12

Assessment Task 2 - Construction Details Project

Draw a minimum of 3 construction details to scale as directed by teacher.  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 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. 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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