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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: GRAP5299C

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

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

Accelerated Program Co-ordinator - Nancy Everingham

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

In Class activities will include:

  • Lectures
  • Guest Speakers
  • Peer teaching and class presentations
  • Group discussion
  • Teacher directed group activities/projects
  • Workshopping of student projects
  • Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • Creative thinking techniques

Out of Class activities will include:

  • Online research
  • Independent project based work
  • Industry related excursions
  • Gallery/Exhibition visits

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

1Workshop at NGV International - Writing for Design1,2,3
2Introduction and Course Outline.  Early Civilisations lecture1,2,3
3Classic Civilisations : Ancient Greek lecture1,2,3
4Classic Civilisations : Ancient Roman lecture1,2,3
5The Exotic East lecture1,2,3
6Medieval Period lecture1,2,3
7Renaissance lecture1,2,3
8Baroque lecture1,2,3
9Rococo lecture1,2,3
10Neo-Classicism lecture1,2,3
11Victorian lecture1,2,3
12Arts & Crafts/Art Nouveau lecture1,2,3
13Art Deco lecture1,2,3
14Modernism lecture1,2,3
15Mid 20th Century lecture1,2,3
16Late 20th Century lecture1,2,3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

Pile, J., The History of Interior Design, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Miller, J., Furniture, 1st Edition, Dorling Kindersley


Stapleton, M. & Stapleton, I., Australian House Styles, 1st Edition, Flannel Flower Press


Other Resources

Students are required to have access to a computer, the internet and relevant and current hardware and software

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

Assessement Task 1 - Design History Blog

Students will complete a total of 3 Blog posts on particular periods of Interior Design and Decoration history and share on a collaborative Blog for comment and feedback

Assessment Task 2 - Design History Quiz

Weekly 10 question in class quiz to review knowledge of previous lecture topic

Assessment Matrix

For Assessment Matrix, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant course folder.

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstrations 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 of Time. 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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