Course Title: Evaluate site for interior design brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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

Jenni Woods

John Perperis

Maddie Granata

Dean Foster

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


Prepare for site evaluation

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


Assess structural aspects of interior space

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 materials used in 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 project
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 lectures
• 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

1Introduction and delivery of project brief by teachers and DesignBuild personnel1.1-1.5
Introduction and delivery of project brief by teachers and DesignBuild personnel
Site Visit - collect information for design including measurements, photographs, existing conditions Site Visit - analyse the project brief
2Present Research to class2.1-2.7Generate decorative theme and concepts1.2-1.7
Task 1 Research Presentation
Confirm structural requirements and limitations Generate decorative theme and concepts2.1-2.6 
3Concept Presentation - including sketches, models, plan, elevation, section drawings2.1-2.7Concept Presentation - including sketches, models, plan, elevation, section drawings  
Assess structural aspects of interior space Review decorative theme Task 2 Concept Presentation
4Assess services4.1-4.3Generate decorative theme and concepts3.1-3.5 
Assess services Select & specify internal finishes   
5Assess materials used in interior space3.1-3.4Select & specify internal finishes4.3-4.6
Assess materials used in interior space Select & specify internal finishes   
6Conduct additional research to support site evatuation5.1-5.5Select & specify internal finishes4.1-4.2 
Conduct additional research to support site evatuation Present a fully resolved scheme & evaluate client response4.1-4.2 
Documentation 5.1-5.5Documentation5.1-5.7 
8Final Presentation to Judges5.1-5.7Submission of final presentation and documentation5.1-5.7Task 3 Final Presentation & Documentation


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

For Site Visits you will require the following equipment :

8m Tape Measure and 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 proposal for a commercial space within an Industry Trade Show (Exhibition space)

Assessment tasks are linked to the subjects ARCH 5207C Evaluate Site for Interior Design Brief and GRAP 5208C Develop a Decoration Proposal

Assessment Tasks include the following :

Task 1 : Research Presentation
Present research on Exhibition design (national and international), site analysis and future trends.  Submission Due : Week 2, Session 1

Task 2 : Preliminary Concept Presentation
Present preliminary Concept ideas to teacher including model, sketches, plan/elevations/sections.  Submission Due : Week 3, Session 2

Task 3 : Final Concept Presentation and Documentation
Present final Concept in multi media presentation including 2D and 3D methods of communication.  Submit working drawings and schedules.  Submission Due : Week 8, Session 1

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
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