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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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  Ph:  9925 4407

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

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.

In class activities may include:

class exercises to review discussions/lectures
Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
analysis/critique of relevant reading material
design activities or projects
online activiities 

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)
‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
other activities as decided by teaching staff

Out of class activities may include:

visits to Galleries/Exhibitions

Teaching Schedule




1Orientation session

1.1, 1.2


Introduction & Course Outline
Assessment Procedure
Early Civilisations : Pre-History & Ancient Egypt Lecture

1, 2, 3 
3Classic Civilisations : Ancient Greek & Roman Lecture1, 2, 3 

The Exotic East : Asia & Islam Lecture

1, 2, 3Task 1 - formative

Medieval Period : Early Christian to Gothic Lecture

1, 2, 3 

The Rise of Humanism : Renaissance Lecture. Europe and Britain.

1, 2, 3 

The Age of Ornamentation : Baroque Lecture. Europe and Britain.

1, 2, 3 

The Age of Ornamentation 2 : Rococo Lecture.  Europe and Britain.

1, 2, 3 

Return to the Classics : Neo-Classicism Lecture. Europe, Britain, America & Australia.

1, 2, 3Task 1 - formative

The Rise of Industry : Victorian Lecture.  Britain, America and Australia.

1, 2, 3Task 2 - formative

Aesthetic Individuals : Arts & Crafts Lecture. International and Australia.

1, 2, 3 

Sex & Sensibility : Art Nouveau Lecture.  International and Australia.

1, 2, 3 

Streamlined Elegance : Art Deco Lecture. International and Australia.

1, 2, 3 

Age of Modernity : Early Modernism, the Bauhaus, Internationalism. International and Australia.

1, 2, 3 

Mid 20th Century : 1940 to 1970. International and Australia.

1, 2, 3Task 2 - Summative (final submission)
16Brave New World : 1970 to current day. International and Australia.1, 2, 3Task 1 - Summative (final submission)

This course is clustered with the course EMPL5731C Organise & Communicate Information - please refer to EMPL5731C Course Guide for details regarding Assessment.

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.

Furniture, Judith Miller, Dorling Kindersley, 1st Edn.


Australian House Styles, Maisey & Ian Stapleton, The Flannel Flower Press, 1st Edn.


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:
• 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 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 - Design History Website

Create personal Google Site to demonstrate evidence and organisation of Design History research material.  Completed website must faciliate easy access and cross referencing of research material for future use.  This Task will be assessed at 3 points :

Week 4 - summative assessment (progressive feedback)

Week 8 - summative assessment (progressive feedback)

Week 16 - formative assessment (final grading)

Assessment Task 2 - Time Capsule Project

Using an image of an historical interior (period of your choice), you are to re design the space to incorporate contemporary furniture and decorative items in a harmonious manner.  Presentation will be via a multi media presentation incorporating Photoshop.

This Task will be assessed at 2 points:

Week 10 - summative assessment (progressive feedback)

Week 15 - formative assessment (final grading)

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 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.
Student feedback at RMIT :;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

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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