Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: GRAP5299C

Course Title: Source and apply information on the history and theory of design

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

Jenni Woods

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 source information on design history and theory, and to apply that information to one’s own area of work.
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:

BSBDES305A Source and apply information on the history and theory of design


1.  Collect information on history and theory of design

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify and access relevant sources of information on design history and theory
1.2. Organise research material and findings for current or future use in design practice, in a manner which facilitates easy access and cross-referencing


2.  Apply information to own area of work

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Evaluate information in the context of current design practice
2.2. Assess ways in which aspects of information on design history and theory could be used or adapted to inform current practice
2.3. Use relevant information in a culturally appropriate way to develop an understanding of own area of work


3.  Update and maintain knowledge of design trends

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Identify and use opportunities to update and expand knowledge of design trends and developments
3.2. Incorporate and integrate knowledge into design activities

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to individuals who work in design and need to develop and maintain a general knowledge of design history and theory.

Details of Learning Activities

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• 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</font>

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Out of class activities will include:
• Online research
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits
• Industry related excursions

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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


Interior Design & Decoration, Abercrombie & Whiton, Pearson Prentice Hall, 6th Edn.

The History of Interior Design, John Pile, Wiley, 3rd Edn.

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


Overview of Assessment

Evidence of the following is essential:
• knowledge of the history and theory of design and how this may be applied in design practice
• application of research and evaluation skills.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 - Historical Style File (continued from Semester 1)

Prepare a written piece for 8 Historical Periods, detailing the following Design Philosophy, Features & Motifs, Materials, Colours, Furniture and Accessories.  Include images to support your writing.

Assessment Task 2 - Quick Quiz (continued from Semester 1)

8 weekly quizes of 10 questions regarding the period covered in the previous lecture.

Assessment Matrix

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.


CHDCompetent with High Distinction
CDICompetent with Distinction
CCCompetent with Credit
CAGCompetency Achieved – Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for Assessment

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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