Course Title: Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: ARCH5210C

Course Title: Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional 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

Team leader: John Perperis  

Maddie Granata

Dean Foster

Jenni Woods

Nominal Hours: 108

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 of competency covers applying researched information to formulate creative and complex design solutions to a range of small to medium scale commercial or institutional interior design situations satisfying the physiological, psychological, social, cultural and environmental requirements of the brief.
Licensing, legislative or certification requirements may apply to this unit and relevant state/territory and local government agencies should be consulted to determine any necessary certification or licensing for undertaking interior decoration and design work. Access to construction sites requires certification of general induction training specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID5013 Design for small to medium scale commercial or institutional interiors


Analyse the project brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1  Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements
       relevant to designing for commercial or institutional spaces are verified and complied with
1.2  Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client
1.3  Key requirements for the project are assessed and confirmed and constraints determined
1.4  Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational
1.5  Communication with others is established and maintained
1.6  Relevant research is conducted to gain all information which may be used to inform the
       design process
1.7  All required information is accessed and interpreted to inform the design process


Conduct project research

Performance Criteria:

2.1  Site analysis is conducted to assess the requirements of the spaces requiring work
2.2  Intended function of the space is ascertained from the client
2.3  Contextual information relating to the brief is researched and evaluated
2.4  Functional and planning issues are determined specific to the site and client requirements
2.5  Research material is organised and presented in the form of a design proposal
2.6  Project is planned to make effective use of time and available resources


Develop design concepts

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Multiple ideas and concepts are generated in a creative and diverse manner that is
        sympathetic to the  design brief
3.2  Concepts are presented through sketches, mood boards, concept boards and concept models
3.3  Viability of concepts are assessed in conjunction with others
3.4  Environmental implications of the project are assessed and design concepts reviewed to
        ensure maximum energy efficiency is achieved in solution
3.5  Access issues relating the project are identified and addressed in design solution


Design the space

Performance Criteria:

4.1  Ideas are translated into 3-D space satisfying functional criteria
4.2  Evidence of 3-D notions are explored through modelling
4.3  Idea with the greatest potential for success is presented to promote the design’s acceptance
        using  both 2-D and 3-D representations
4.4  Client feedback is sought, amendments are agreed to and recorded, and ideas are revised
        and refined
4.5  A materials palette is selected to enhance spatial ideas
4.6  Design is modified in response to critical feedback without losing integrity of the design


Revise and refine solution

Performance Criteria:

5.1  Ergonomic and anthropometric principles are assessed in respect to the space and the
        intended products
5.2  Spatial planning is further revised and resolved in response to client feedback
5.3  Materials, colours, finishes, fixtures and fittings are selected appropriate to the
        concept and brief parameters
5.4  Feedback is received through consultation with the client and incorporated into design solution


Prepare a fully rendered client presentation

Performance Criteria:

6.1  Resource requirements are identified for presentation
6.2  Final design solution is communicated effectively and creatively using a range of techniques
       and media
6.3  Documentation drawings and material selections are prepared that are consistent with,
       and that best communicate, the design intent
6.4  Work is completed to plan and within brief constraints
6.5  Client feedback and response is analysed to determine success in achieving client satisfaction
6.6  Own performance in the design process is examined to identify strengths and weaknesses
6.7  Areas for improvement are identified

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements and this unit.
This unit requires established knowledge & skills from specialised design units in your foundation year of study.

Details of Learning Activities


The student learning experience will be facilitated by participation in the following activities.

In class activities will include:

  • Lectures
  • Guest speakers
  • Peer teaching and class pesentations
  • Group discussions ,peer review and feedback sessions
  • Teacher directed group activities and projects
  • Class exercises to review discussions in lectures
  • Workshopping of students projects
  • Analysis and critique of relevant reading material

Out of class activities will include :

  • Online research
  • Independent project based work
  • Industry related excursions

Self-directed Learning

Some activites 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





1 Introducion and course overview 1.1 - 3.5  1.1-1.6 
1 2 Site visit 1.1 - 3.5 1.1-1.6
2 1 Further briefing and introduction to project research requirements  1.1-3.5  1.1-1.6


2 Project research  1.1-3.5  1.1-1.6
3 1 Present project research  2.1 - 5.4  1.1-1.6
3 2 Refine concepts  2.1 - 5.4 1.1-1.6 
4 1 Creation of flow charts   2.1 - 5.4  2.1-2.6
4 2 Space planning  2.1-5.4  2.1-2.6
5 1 Present project concept  2.1-6.7  2.1-2.6
5 2 Design development  2.1-6.7  2.1-2.6
6 1 Design development  5.1-6.7  2.1-2.6
6 2 Design development  5.1-6.7  2.1-2.6
7 1 Presentation drawings - plans, elevations, perspectives  5.1-6.7  2.1-2.6
7 2 Presentation drawings - plans, elevations, perspectives  5.1-6.7  2.1-2.6
8 1 Finalize selection of materials and finishes  5.1-6.7  2.1-2.6
8 2 Finalize selection of materials and finishes  5.1-6.7  2.1-2.6
9 1 Produce final perspective drawings  5.1-6.7  2.1-2.6
9 2 Produce final perspective drawings  5.1-6.7  2.1-2.6
10 1 Final board assembly  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
10 2 Final board assembly  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
11  1 Final board assembly    
11      2 Presentation of final design Presentation Boards  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
 MID SEMESTER BREAK   21.9-2.10.15   5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
12 1 Documentation requirements  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
12 2 Working Drawings and Schedules   5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
13 1 Working Drawings and Schedules  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
13 2 Working Drawings and Schedules  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
14 1 Working Drawings and Schedules  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
14 2 Working Drawings and Schedules  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
15 1 Final approval of Working Drawings and Schedules prior to submission  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
15 2 Submission of Working Drawings package and Project File  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
16  1 Melbourne Cup Holiday  2:11 & 3:11    
16 2 Resubmission of work  5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with BSBDES502A Establish a Design Brief which focuses on the skills and knowledge required to work pro-actively with a client or commissioning organisation to develop and negotiate a design brief.

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


Rutes, W. A.., Penner, R. H. & Adams, L.,  Hotels design, planning and development, 2001, W. W. Norton & Company


Fischer, Joachim, Contemporary Hotel Design, 2009, Page One Publishing Pte Ltd


Curtis, Eleanor, Hotel: interior structures, 2001, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


Milton, M., Interior Design Visual Presentation, 4th. edn., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012


Panero, J. and Zelnik, M., Human Dimension & Interior Space, Random House Inc., New York, 1979


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

Assessment for this course will be project based.

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 - Research Presentation (summative)
Present research on Boutique Hotels and Carlton precinct to develop the brief
Submission due Session 2, Week 3

Assessment Task 2 - Concept Presentation (summative)
Presentation of design concept for refurbishment proposal using multi-media skills
Submission due Session 1, Week 5

Assessment Task 3 - Pesentation Boards (formative)
Oral presentation of final design concept including Presentation Boards showing proposed plans, elevations, perspective drawings and selected FF&E and materials.
Submission due Session 1, Week 11

Assessment Task 4 - Documentation Package and Project File (summative)
Documentation to include site plan, elevations, sections, details and Schedules.  Project File to include Budget, Programme Schedule, Contracts and Client communications.
Submission due Session 2,  Week 16

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.
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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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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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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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