Course Title: Evaluate site for interior design brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5207C

Course Title: Evaluate site for interior design brief

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

John Perperis

Sarah Whyte

Sarah Light sarah.light@rmit,

Nominal Hours: 40

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 skills and knowledge required to evaluate materials and construction methods used on a site in order to determine their impact on the interior design brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID5003 Evaluate site for interior design brief


Assess materials used in interior space

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to conducting site visits are verified and complied with
1.2 Scope of brief is reviewed and any available drawings accessed
1.3 Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
1.4 Site visit is arranged with client
1.5 Tools used to assist in site evaluation are prepared


Prepare for site evaluation

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Wall construction and features are identified and suitability to design requirements are determined
2.2 Flooring construction and features are identified and suitability to design requirements are determined
2.3 Roof construction and features are identified and suitability to design requirements are determined
2.4 Other structures and their features are analysed to determine requirements to meet design brief
2.5 Changes required for structural aspects to meet design brief are identified and implications examined
2.6 Measurements are undertaken and recorded to inform budget calculations and design documentation
2.7 Costs associated with making structural changes are estimated


Assess structural aspects of interior space

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Materials used in interior walls are identified and their features, applications and limitations assessed
3.2 Materials used in flooring are identified and their features, applications and limitations assessed
3.3 Finishes and other materials used are assessed and implications for design brief are identified
3.4 Properties of the materials used in structures are analysed and evaluated


Assess services

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Plumbing, water and drainage features that may impact on design brief are identified and assessed
4.2 Features of electrical service are assessed to determine suitability for design requirements
4.3 Other services are assessed to determine suitability for design requirements


Conduct additional research to support site evaluation

Performance Criteria:

5.1   Specialist professionals are consulted to verify or further determine outcomes relevant to design requirements
5.2   Building information, plans, drawings and materials data is accessed to gain additional information relevant to the
5.3   New technologies are researched to determine relevance to project
5.4   Longevity and restorability quality of structures and materials are researched
5.5   Environmental considerations for project are identified and further information accessed to ensure currency of knowledge

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required to identify the features and implications associated with common structural techniques used for walls, ceilings and floors and the materials used. It also covers a simple assessment of main services to determine suitability for design requirements.

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
• practical demonstrations
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• lectures
• design activities or projects
• online activiities
• group projects
• peer learning
• guest lecture
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• workshops
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• site visits (observations)
• studio practice
• tutorials
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

This course is taught and assessed with ARCH 5208C Develop a Decoration Proposal

Teaching Schedule

A detailed Weekly Schedule is available on Blackboard

 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

Deliver Brief
 1.1-1.5 Analyse the project brief
Collect infortmation for design brief Analyse the project brief
10 Conduct research for design 2.1-2.7 Generate decorative theme and concepts 1.2-1.7
Conduct research for brief Generate decorative theme and concepts2.1-2.6
11 Assess structural aspects of space    2.1-2.7 refine
  Due Task I
Concept presentation Concept presentation  
12 Assess services    4.1-4.3 Generate decorative theme and concepts 3.1-3.5
 Assess services  Select & specify internal finishes
13 Assess materials used in interior space   3.1-3.4 Select & specify internal finishes 4.3-4.6
Assess materials used in interior space Select & specify internal finishes
14 Conduct additional research ti support site evatuation   5.1-5.5Select & specify internal finishes 4.1-4.2
Conduct additional research ti support site evatuation Present a fully resolved scheme & evaluate client responseDocumentation4.1-4.2
15 Documentation 5.1-5.5 Documentation 5.1-5.7 
 5.1-5.7 Documentation 5.1-5.7 
 Presentation 5.1-5.7 Task 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

For Site Visits you will require the following equipment :

8m Tape Measure and Digital Camera

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively assess structural and non structural elements of a site to determine implications for interior design
• Identify the features and implications of construction techniques identified in the range of variables
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for assessing a site
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area 

Assessment Tasks

You will undertake one major project which includes several key components to demonstrate your competence in a range of areas.

This major oroject is to detail a significant  renovation of a commercial or public building

Assessment tasks are linked to the subjects ARCH 5207C Evaluate Site for Interior Design Brief and GRAP 5208C Establish the Design Brief

Assessment Tasks include the following :

Photographic evidence and documentaiton of the Site Visit and an evaluation of site characteristics including: orientation, existing structures and services, heritage overlays and council regulations.

Task 1 : Concept Presentation

Themes and concepts are presented to the client using sketches ,mood boards and Concept boards

Task 2 : Board Presentation:

Final decoration solution solution is prsented to the client in a professional mannere using a range of digital media.

Task 3 Documentation;

Plans , elevations with schedules.

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 (

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:
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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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.
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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.
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Further links - Application for extension of time

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
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