Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5205C

Course Title: Decorate residential interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - 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

Lindsey Glover
(ph) 9925 4435 or Reception (ph) 9925 4819



Michele Meister
Reception (ph) 9925 4819


Nominal Hours: 80

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 specifies the outcomes required to decorate residential interiors for the solution of interior decoration projects in accordance with project briefs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4002 Decorate residential interiors


Analyse the project brief

Performance Criteria:

Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to decorating for residential spaces are verified and complied with
Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client
Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
Resources are selected appropriate to work requirementsand checked for operational effectiveness
Communication with others is established and maintained
Problems or underlying factors to be addressed by the project brief are verified


Generate decoration concepts

Performance Criteria:

Creative methodologies are used to generate a range of decoration concepts and themes
Concepts are assessed against the project brief to select most viable solution
Concept is presented to client using a range of concept presentation methods
Ideas are discussed with client and concept is modified according to feedback


Present decoration solution to client

Performance Criteria:

Final presentation is prepared for the client
Final presentation is presented to the client with key features and benefits of the solution explained
Client is engaged to gain feedback on decoration elements


Reflect on decoration process

Performance Criteria:

Client feedback and response are analysed to determine success in achieving client satisfaction
Own performance in the design process is examined to identify strengths and weaknesses
Areas for improvement are identified


Conduct research for the design

Performance Criteria:

Areas for research are identified
Impacts of cultural, social and economic influences and trends are identified and analysed
Ergonomic and anthropometric influences are identified and analysed
Environmental issues are identified and analysed
Other relevant information is assessed and used to guide research
Design influences are prioritised for relevancy to design brief
Collected information is documented


Confirm the design brief

Performance Criteria:

Design requirements are translated in a manner which is clear and concise
Factors affecting the outcome of the project are documented
Criteria for assessing and evaluating design concepts are determined
Final design brief outlining all the requirements is compiled, produced and refined with the client


Translate concepts into 3-D decoration ideas

Performance Criteria:

The elements and principles of design that are derived from the concept are explored
A range of 3-D decoration ideas are generated from the concept
Surface materials, finishes, and colours are explored and assessed for their ability to express the concept
Furniture, fixtures, fittings and accessories are explored and assessed for their ability to express the concept
The allocation and arrangement of objects within the space are explored
2-D and 3-D sketches are developed to document the 3-D space


Revise and refine solution

Performance Criteria:

Planning is revised and refined, and ergonomics considered
Regulatory requirements relating to decoration are assessed to determine compliance
Finishes, fittings, fixtures, furniture, materials and accessories are selected
Colour scheme is selected to complement the space and create the required visual experience
Environmental aspects of decoration solution are examined and areas for improved sustainability are identified and incorporated where possible
Preliminary drawings are developed

Learning Outcomes

This unit covers employability skills in teamwork and communication in order to work with others in the design process. Planning and organising and problem skills are required to apply design processes and initiative and enterprise are required to develop to design ideas. Self management and learning skills are applied to assess and reflect on own design skills and identify areas for improvement.

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 & tasks.

You will also be required to undertake independent study.
Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

In class activities will include:
• Lectures & project based work
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed activities/projects
• Class exercises to review lectures

Out of class activities will include:
• Online investigation
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits

Teaching Schedule


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    2 Lecture - Introduction to Decorate Residential Interior course structure – mode of
delivery & project activities over 2 semesters
& introduction to semester 1 - TASK 1A Style File & TASK 1B Style blog
 1.1 to 1.6
 2.1 to 2.7
TASK 1A & 1B due
semester 2 - WEEK 2
    3 Lecture - Contemporary Styles 1
 Explore styles
 3.1 to 3.3
 5.1 to 5.6

 Lecture - Contemporary Styles 2
 Explore styles

 3.1 to 3.3
 5.1 to 5.6
    5 Lecture - Contemporary Style 3
 Retro - explore styles
 3.1 to 3.3
 5.1 to 5.6
    6 Lecture - Contemporary Styles 4
 Re-cycle & Future styles - explore styles
 3.1 to 3.3
 5.1 to 5.6
    7 Lecture - Cultural Styles 1 
 Explore styles
 Layout & presentation process
 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
 5.1 to 5.6
     8 Lecture - Fabrics & Cultural Styles 2
 Explore styles
 Tutorial - Collect style information & feedback
 3.1 to 3.3
 5.1 to 5.6
     9 Lecture - Fabrics & Cultural Styles  3
 Explore styles
 Tutorial - Collect style information & feedback
 3.1 to 3.3
 5.1 to 5.6
    10 Lecture - Fabrics & Cultural Styles 4
 Explore styles
 Tutorial - Collect style information & feedback
 3.1 to 3.4
 5.1 to 5.6
    11 Lecture - Fabrics & Cultural Styles 5
 Explore styles
 Tutorial - Collect style information & feedback
 3.1 to 3.4
 5.1 to 5.6
    12 Lecture - Introduction to semester 2  Dec Res Int major project - warehouse interior
 Tutorial - Collect style information & feedback
 1.1 to 1.6
 2.1 to 2.7
 3.1 3.3 3.4
 4.1 to 4.4
    13 Lecture - intro to Documentation for semester 2
 Tutorial - Collect style information with formative assessment & feedback
 5.1 to 5.6
 6.1 to 6.6
 7.1 7.2
    14 End of Lecture series - Future Styles & sustainability 
 Tutorial - Collect style information with formative assessment & feedback
 6.1 to 6.6
 7.1 to 7.3
 8.1 to 8.3
    15 Tutorial - Semester 1 Style presentations & Semester 2 introduction  7.1 to 7.3
 8.1 to 8.3
    16 Review presentations - deliver Feedback rubric  
                                 SEMESTER 2  COURSE CONTENT  

 Introduce Dec Res Int major decoration project for semester 2
 Class discussion regarding visual diary
 Confirmation of design process development
 Select style to underpin project
 TASK 2 visual diary - TASK 3A boards & model - TASK 3B client presentation

 1.1,1.2 ,

  TASK 2 visual diary  due
 WEEK 15
 TASK 3A & 3B due  WEEK 15   


 Hand-in TASK 1A Style file & TASK 1B Style blog
 Explore industry language
 Learn how to source products for the project - site visits & websites
 Begin spatial planning of residential project

 TASK 1A & 1B due  this week
    3 Studio workshop for spatial planning of residential project including group discussion & feedback

 1.1, 1.2

    4 Site visits to industry related businesses to assist project development  2.4,2.5
    5 Studio workshop to assist project development of product design to assist project development with   feedback 


    6 Studio workshop - measurement & calculation 1 exercises  to assist project development with  feedback  3.3,4.1,4.2 
    7  Studio workshop - measurement & calculation 2 exercises to assist project development with feedback 3.3,4.1,4.2 
    8 Studio workshop - to assist project development with feedback 3.3,4.1,4.2 
    9 Studio workshop - to assist project development with feedback 3.3,4.1,4.2 
   10 Visual diary requirement with project summary breakdown  
 Contractual detailsof residential project
   11 Boards & model requirement with project summary breakdown
 Contractual detailsof residential project
   12 Preparation for client presentation 7.1
   13Preparation for client presentation 7.1
   14Client presentations & feedback 7.1 to 7.3 
   15 Hand-in today -
 TASK 2 - visual diary
 TASK 3A - boards & model
 TASK 3B - client presentation & comment
  TASK 2 visual diary due
TASK 3A & 3B due today
   16 Review Assessment - deliver Feedback rubric & where necessary direct Resubmission  

Semester 1 - Lectures - weeks 2 to 16   -  
 Exploration & investigative Tutorials - weeks 11 to 16

Semester 2 - Tutorials - weeks1 to 16

 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


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems 
You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Materials resource room

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively analyse a project brief to determine client requirements
• Work through the decoration process collecting the required information
• Effectively establish criteria for the intended solutions to meet the requirements of the project brief
• Effectively design for at least two interior residential spaces to provide the client with creative solutions that satisfy the project brief
• Visually and verbally present decoration solution
• Effectively apply design elements and principles in designing for residential space
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for designing for residential space
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

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 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 and a major project
  • direct observation and exploration 
  • written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • completion of a journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

    Decorate residential Interiors
    In second semester this course is linked to 3D Design Process
    This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies

TASK 1A & 1B
TASK 1A - Style File - due WEEK 2 semester 2 
TASK 1B - Style Blog - due WEEK 2 semester 2
Booklet presentation methodology is developed and prepared across a variety or decoration styles past, present and future using a varety of multimedia & computer stratagies - linked to Soft furnishings course

Task 2 - Visual diary - due WEEK 15 - semester 2
A4 visual diary - linked to Soft Furnishings & 3D design process course

TASK 3A & 3B
Task 3A -
Presentation boards with model - due WEEK 15 semester 2 
Task 3B - Client Presentation - due WEEK 15 semester 2
Oral presentation of design solution to client using visual techniques across a variety of media - linked to Soft furnishings & Drawing techniques courses

You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has
produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies
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The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian ( )

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (see list below), but also utilises graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction (4 GPA)
CDI: Competent with Distinction (3 GPA)
CC: Competent with Credit (2 GPA)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (1 GPA)
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 be successful in this course.
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:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage
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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.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works
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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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
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Further links - Application for extension of time
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Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity
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