Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: ARCH5217C

Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

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 4818

Amanda Bennett
Reception (ph) 9925 4819

Nominal Hours: 36

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 assessing natural and artificial light sources of an interior space and making recommendations for light fittings as part of an integrated decorative solution.
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:

MSFID4008 Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret work orders and locate and apply relevant information
  • Apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment
  • Identify materials used in the work process
  • Follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection processes to:
  • Minimise the risk of injury to self or others
  • Prevent damage to goods, equipment and products
  • Maintain required production output and product quality
  • Assess light for it environmental impact and ability to meet decorative requirements, and provide the client with cost-effective and efficient lighting solutions
  • Apply design elements and principles in recommending light fittings and provide a documented lighting layout and schedule
  • Use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area/volume and estimate material requirements
  • Communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications, presentation of design/colour concepts, the reporting of work outcomes and problems
  • Initiate new ideas and work techniques
  • Avoid backtracking, work flow interruptions or wastage
  • Work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity

Details of Learning Activities

Interpret lighting requirements from project brief
Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending light fittings are verified and complied with
Project brief is reviewed and clarified with client to determine lighting requirements
Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
Communication with others is established and maintained

Available budget for lighting is verified

Assess natural light sources
Site analysis is conducted to assess the natural light and ultraviolet (UV) penetration
Project brief and building plans are acquired to assess aspect and orientation
Window treatments and placement are examined to analyse their efficiency in controlling light
Selection of colours for walls, ceilings, furnishings and wall hangings are reviewed in their effect on raising or lowering the effect of light into the space
Characteristics of natural light are researched and reported in accordance with the project brief goals
Methods of light control and light control devices are assessed for their affect on natural light

Assess artificial light sources
Artificial light sources and their properties are assessed for adequacy in achieving desired lighting effects
Environmental impact of artificial lighting devices are researched and assessed and current technologies identified
Location of artificial lights are identified and required changes to location to meet desired effects are determined
Affect of artificial lighting on the colour spectrum is analysed
Technical terms associated with artificial lighting are used to communicate lighting requirements
Special effects that can be achieved using artificial lighting are identified
Industry standards and requirements for artificial lighting are researched and identified

Select light fittings
Research is conducted to determine cost and energy efficient light fittings to meet the requirements of an integrated decoration solution
Required locations of light fittings are identified
Light fittings are selected and specifications documented

Electricity board is assessed to determine potential complications with selected light fittings
Electrician is consulted to confirm costing and installation requirements to implement lighting schedule

Draw and present lighting layouts for an interior space
Lighting layout is documented using industry symbols and conventions
Selection of light fittings are related to layout, including furniture, ceiling forms and natural light
Formats for schedules of light fittings are researched
Lighting schedule is completed
Costing are determined and documented
Lighting layout is presented to client

Learning activities will take place in a studio or classroom and on-line 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 will include:

  • • practical demonstrations with guest lecturer
  • • design activities or projects
  • • group discussion
  • • online investigation
  • • independent project based work
  • • site visits (observations)
  • • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
  • .Online exploration
  • • other activities as decided by teaching staff

   Out of Class Activities will include:

  • • Online investigation
  • • Independent project based work
  • • Gallery & exhibition visits
  • • Industry related visit
  • Independent project based work
  • Industry related excursions

    Self-Directed Learning - Some activities 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

Weekly Activity Colour - on-line blog Colour

 Weekly Activity Lighting


 Introduction to Colour & Lighting  courses
 Procedure & processes
 Tasks & activities
 Colour TASK 1 due WEEK 15
 Colour & Light Task 2 due WEEK 15
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.2 3.2
 Introduction to Colour & Lighting courses
 Procedure & processes
 Tasks & activities
 Lighting TASK 1 due WEEK 9
 Colour & Light Task 2 due WEEK 15
1.2 to 1.4
 Video 1 - how we see
 Colour Task 1 -colour wheels
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Assessing daylight conditions
 2.1 to 2.6
 Video 2 - what makes colour
 Colour T1 - explore a colour
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Electrical light uses

 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5

 Video 3 - colour psychology
 Colour T1 -colour of others
 Progressive assessment & feedback
 of blog posts so far
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Lighting scenarios
 Progressive assessment & feedback of blog posts so  far
 COLOUR - TASK 1 blog posts
 LIGHTING - TASK 1 visual diary
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
Colour systems
Itten & 12 major colour groups
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Lighting products
 4.1 to 4.5
 Colour proportion
 Advance & recede
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Government legislation & OH&S
 Inspiration & the future
 1.1 to 1.5
 4.1 to 4.5


      WEEK 4 - Colour & Lighting
      Progressive assessment &
      feedback of so far :
      COLOUR - blog posts
      LIGHTING - visual diary

      WEEK 9 - Lighting
      Hand-in TASK 1 - Lighting visual diary
      PDF or powerpoint on USB stick

      WEEK 15 - Colour & Lighting
      Colour - hand-in TASK 1 Colour
      visual diary
      Colour & Lighting combined TASK 2
      major project



 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
 Start Colour & Lighting classroom tutorials
 Introduction to TASK 2 colour & lighting major project /
 revision of on-line work / equipment
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
     81.4 2.2
 3 .2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Grey scale & Tints pastels tones & shades
 Homework for EASTER BREAK
     9 1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Colour proportion - general rule & reverse
 Hand-in TASK 1 Lighting visual diary on USB stick
 (PDF or power point)
     10 1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
 Colour - colours of art work
 Lighting - reflected ceiling plan
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
     111.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
Colour - approach to decoration 1
Lighting - schedule
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
     121.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
Colour - approach to decoration 2
Spatial colour 1
     13 1.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
Colour - approach to decoration 3
Spatial colour 2
     14 1.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
Colour & lighting revision of Task 1 & 2 ready for
Action feedback in readiness for hand-in
  1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
     15 Present major project
Hand-in TASKS 1 Colour & TASK 2 Colour & Lighting
     16 Review Assessment - deliver Feedback rubric &
where necessary direct Resubmission

ARCH 5173C Assess interior light and recommend light fittings is clustered & delivered with ARCH 5164C Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces

A creative process which focuses on the skills and knowledge required to participate in teamwork across a range of business
and community activities.

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.

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.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Lecture and class notes, refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder
Relevant industry websites and organisations

Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

Library colour resources
AV presentations
Materials resource room

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

In this course you will learn through a variety of methods which will include lectures, presentations, guest speakers, online research and learning, site visits to industry related showrooms,                                                                                          teacher directed activities, group projects and self directed learning.

You will also be required to demonstrate your learning through projects or tasks, presentations, collaboration with team members to produce suitable outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

ARCH 5173C Assess interior light and recommend light fittings is clustered & delivered with ARCH 5164C Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces  

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 & a major project
- direct observation & investigation
- Questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
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

Task 1 - Lighting Visual Diary
Exploration of the main elements of the Lighting training package as a PDF or powerpoint onto a USB stick

Task 2 - Major Project - Client Presentation
Application of lighting & colour concepts & theories experienced through the diary exercises to an interior scenario

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

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time.
The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that
relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome. At the completion of the
course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

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:
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.
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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.
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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.
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