Course Title: Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: ARCH5178C

Course Title: Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution

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

Jenny Crowley

John Perperis

Jenni Woods

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

All students are required to have completed  Soft Furnishing for Interiors ARCH 5168C to a compenent level before commencing this course.

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to specify innovative and cost effective decorative solutions for furniture, floor covering, soft furnishings and window dressings to enhance and compliment interior design schemes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID5011A Specify soft furnishings for complete interior solution


1.  Assess project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Applicable OHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending decorative solutions are verified and complied with
1.2. Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client
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. Intended applications and effects for the windows, furniture and soft furnishings are identified


2.  Determine decorative treatments for windows and openings

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Window treatments, their application and fixing technologies are researched to determine suitability for client requirements
2.2. New technologies in window treatments are researched and relevance for decorative project s identified
2.3. The types of openings and their requirements are identified and a range of possible creative solutions determined
2.4. Window or opening is measured and details recorded accurately for a range of window treatments
2.5. Fabric requirements are calculated and manufacturing requirements determined for a range of window treatments taking into consideration pattern repeats


3.  Specify furniture transformation

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Methods of transforming a range of furniture and furnishings are researched
3.2. Design considerations are investigated and assessed against the project brief
3.3. Fabrics and materials are selected for furniture
3.4. Furniture transformation ideas are documented and specified
3.5. Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget


4.  Specify soft floor coverings

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Range of floor coverings available for application are identified and analysed to determine most suitable fit
4.2. New technologies in flooring are researched and relevance for decorative project identified
4.3. The features, limitations and environmental impact of selected floor covering is assessed against performance requirements and environmental standards
4.4. Floor area is measured and specifications recorded for flooring solution
4.5. Costs are calculated and assessed against project budget


5.  Specify soft furnishings

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Soft furnishings are selected to meet the requirements of the brief and the overall design scheme
5.2. Specifications are documented to record colour, sizing, style and fabric details
5.3. Arrangement of soft furnishings is documented in design schedules
5.4. Costs of soft furnishings are calculated and assessed against project budget


6.  Document and present decorative recommendations

Performance Criteria:

6.1. Innovative design solution to brief is presented taking into consideration parameters of design brief
6.2. Fabrics, furnishings and fixing technologies are selected taking into consideration parameters of project brief
6.3. Specifications are documented for all treatment recommendations
6.4. Schedule is presented that includes both high and low costings to support design solution
6.5. Solution to brief is visualised graphically and in 3-D form
6.6. Sample board is created to enhance and support the design intention
6.7. Feedback and follow up is instigated and maintained with the client

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent research and recommendation of current styles and technologies for the decoration of furniture, soft furnishings, floor coverings and window dressings.
This unit requires employability skills in initiative and enterprise and problem solving in order to direct the research and recommending of suitable decorative solutions. Communication skills are used to access and interpret information using information technologies and complete decoration proposals. Self management and learning skills are applied in the review of information and arrangements to ensure project needs are met.

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of learning activities in the unit: Including
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.
Reference mode of delivery for this course i.e. face-to-face OR online OR blended approach
Include only what you will use from the following:
In class activities may include:
(select from the list below for what is relevant to your course)
class exercises to review discussions/lectures
practical demonstrations
analysis/critique of relevant reading material
design activities or projects
online activities
group projects
peer learning
guest lecture
peer teaching and class presentations
group discussion
online research independent project based work
teacher directed group activities/projects
site visits (observations)
studio practice
Some learning 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, or that are supervised by a teacher. This may include workplace research, library assignments, field work and work placement.
Site visits to BQ Design, Zepel Fabrics and other relevant suppliers to complete this project.

Teaching Schedule

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.

ARCH5178C- Soft Furnishing Solutions


Industry briefing

BQ Design & Zepel Fabrics

include site visit to BQ Design


 11th Febuary

12th 0r 13th Febuary

  Brain storming & site Analysis session  1  
2 Review on last week’s Presentation on Site.  2,3  
   Studio Work
Preparation of spatial planning
3 Consult with your Industry clients  2,3,4  25th Febuary
  Loose concept presentation to class tutor  2,3,4  28th Febuary
4 Studio Work
Reaction time
  Boyac Fabrics
Showroom visit
 1,2,3  7th March
5  Labour Day
Public Holiday
11th March
  furniture to the floor plan entire floor plan  3,4  
 6 finalized furniture to the floor plan  3,4  
  Rendering of all elements  3,4,6  

Rendering of all elementsfloor plan, elevationsperspective

  Continued Rendering of all elements 3,4, 6  
8 Submission of workbook documentation 6

Monday 8th April


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

BQ Design web site -

Zepel Fabrics web site -

Soft Furnishing Notes from 1st Year. ARCH 5168C Soft Furnishings for Interiors.

Additional information has been added to blackboard to support a wide range of areas for investigation & futher learning.

Please refer to Support Information.

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

• Effectively research and recommend decorative treatments for windows, soft furnishings and furniture to meet the design requirements of at least two project briefs
• Effectively apply design elements and principles to recommended decorative solution
• Visually present decorative solutions to illustrate how ideas meet overall design requirements
• Correctly calculate quantities and costings required to achieve decorative solution
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for researching and recommending decorative treatments
• 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. There will be one major Project linked with Industry.
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.
BQ Design & Zepel Fabrics Bedroom Project
Task 1: Concept Presentation with the focus on the project brief delivered by BQ Design & Zepel Fabrics
Task 2: Oral Presentation to Industry Representatives on the final resolution of the entire Apartment.
Task 3: Work Book Documentation of the entire apartment.
Please note that you must complete all task to a satisfactory standard to pass this course overall.
Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:
- Practical tasks, a major project and a short test
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence…
Note: It may be appropriate to include the “Critical Aspects of Evidence” as part of this section.
The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Matrix

ARCH 5178C Specify Soft Furnishing Solutions

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment
HD 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

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded). 

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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