Course Title: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: GRAP5298C

Course Title: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

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

Jenni Woods

John Perperis  

Cathy Jankowsky 

Nominal Hours: 65

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 describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work pro actively with a client or commissioning organisation to develop and negotiate a design brief.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES502A Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief


1. Establish design requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify and make appropriate contact with relevant stakeholders for the design project, in addition to the client
1.2. Identify and source information and references relevant to the design project
1.3. Undertake critical analysis of sources and extract key information to inform the design project
1.4. Liaise with client and other key stakeholders to determine overall objectives and parameters for the design project
1.5. Pro-actively seek, review and act upon information needed to inform constructive communication with client
1.6. Build trust and respect between self and client through effective use of communication skills and demonstration of professional integrity


2. Develop and refine design brief

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Develop concepts and ideas for inclusion in design brief that take account of overall objectives and parameters
2.2. Undertake own analysis of concept and challenge ideas and approaches taken to ensure responsiveness to project needs
2.3. Present ideas in an appropriate format/medium and seek feedback from key stakeholders
2.4. Use effective communication techniques to generate discussion, debate and critical analysis
2.5. Re-evaluate and refine options based on own analysis and discourse with others
2.6. Establish and agree on final nature and scope of design brief with client and accurately document details


3. Negotiate terms and conditions

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Negotiate and agree terms and conditions of the brief in accordance with relevant organisational and professional standards
3.2. Clarify, agree and document roles and responsibilities of those involved in the project
3.3. Confirm agreements in writing in accordance with organisational requirements
3.4. Identify the need for and seek specialist advice in developing, formal agreements or contracts where appropriate

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where the designer plays a key role in determining the scope and nature of work required. This unit builds on BSBDES402A Interpret and respond to a design brief, which focuses on working with an established brief.

Details of Learning Activities

The student learning experience will be facilitated by participation in the following activities.

In class activities will include:

  • Lectures
  • Guest speakers
  • Peer teaching and class pesentations
  • Group discussions ,peer review and feedback sessions
  • Teacher directed group activities and projects
  • Class exercises to review discussions in lectures
  • Workshopping of students projects
  • Analysis and critique of relevant reading material

Out of class activities will include :

  • Online research
  • Independent project based work
  • Gallery and exhibition visits
  • Industry related excursions

Self-directed Learning

Some activites 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

 1 1Introducion and course overview1.1-1.61.1 - 3.5
 1 2Site visit1.1-1.61.1 - 3.5
 2 1Further briefing and introduction to project research requirements1.1-1.61.1 - 3.5
 2 2Project research1.1-1.61.1 - 3.5
 3 1Present project research1.1-1.62.1 - 5.4
 3 2Refine concepts1.1-1.62.1 - 5.4
 4 1Creation flow charts2.1-2.62.1 - 5.4
 4 2Space planning2.1-2.62.1 - 5.4
 5 1Present project concept2.1-2.62.1-6.7
 5 2Design development2.1-2.65.1-6.7
 6 1Design development2.1-2.65.1-6.7
 6 2Design development2.1-2.65.1-6.7
 7 1Presentation drawings - plans, elevations, perspectives2.1-2.65.1-6.7
 7 2Presentation drawings - plans, elevations, perspectives2.1-2.65.1-6.7
 8 1Finalize selection of materials and finishes2.1-2.65.1-6.7
 8 2Finalize selection of materials and finishes2.1-2.65.1-6.7
 9 1Produce final perspective drawings2.1-2.65.1-6.7
 9 2Produce final perspective drawings2.1-2.65.1-6.7
 10 1Final board assembly3.1-3.4
 10 2Final board assembly3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 MID SEMESTER BREAK  22.9-28.9.14  
 11 1Final board assembly3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 11 2 Presentation of final design Presentation Boards3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 12 1Documentation requirements3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 12 2Working Drawings and Schedules3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 13 1Working Drawings and Schedules3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 13 2Working Drawings and Schedules3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 14 1Working Drawings and Schedules3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 14 2Working Drawings and Schedules3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 15 1Working Drawings and Schedules3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 15 2Working Drawings and Schedules3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 MID SEMESTER BREAK 3.11-9.11.14  
 16 1Final approval of Working Drawings and Schedules prior to submission3.1-3.45.1-6.7
 16 2Submission of Working Drawings package and Project File3.1-3.45.1-6.7

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with ARCH5171C Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors which focuses on the skills and knowledge required to apply researched informatioiin to formulate creative and complex design solutions to a range of small to medium scale commercial or institutional interior design situations.

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


Rutes, W. A.., Penner, R. H. & Adams, L., Hotels design, planning and development, 2001, W. W. Norton & Company


Fischer, Joachim, Contemporary Hotel Design, 2009, Page One Publishing Pte Ltd


Curtis, Eleanor, Hotel: interior structures, 2001, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Milton, M., Interior Design Visual Presentation, 4th. edn., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012


Panero, J. and Zelnik, M., Human Dimension & Interior Space, Random House Inc., New York, 1979


Panero, J. and Zelnik, M., Human Dimension & Interior Space, Random House Inc., New York, 1979


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

Evidence of the following is essential:
• practical demonstration of skills through the development and finalisation of at least two design briefs for a specific industry purpose
• effective collaboration and communication skills to work with others to develop and refine a design brief
• knowledge of the design process within the specific industry context/design discipline.

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 - Research Presentation (summative)
Present research on Boutique Hotels and Carlton precinct to develop the brief
Submission due Session 2, Week 3

Assessment Task 2 - Concept Presentation (summative)
Presentation of design concept for refurbishment proposal using multi-media skills
Submission due Session 1, Week 5

Assessment Task 3 - Pesentation Boards (formative)
Oral presentation of final design concept including Presentation Boards showing proposed plans, elevations, perspective drawings and selected FF&E and materials.
Submission due Session 1, Week 11

Assessment Task 4 - Documentation Package and Project File (summative)
Documentation to include site plan, elevations, sections, details and Schedules. Project File to include Budget, Programme Schedule, Contracts and Client communications.
Submission due Session 2, Week 16

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

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from teh 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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