Course Title: Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: OHTH5854C

Course Title: Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Accelerated Program Co-ordinator: Jennifer Woods

Kieron Meagher Accelerated program lecturer:

Nominal Hours: 10

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 identifying and assessing the WHS implications of effects used in interior decoration and design, including furniture, hard and soft materials and accessories, to determine potential hazards for a range of customer groups.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4011 Determine work health and safety (WHS) implications of interior effects


Identify principles of WHS

Performance Criteria:

Duty of care and responsibilities of individuals and organisations are defined
Concepts of hierarchy of control are identified and related to the workplace
Codes of practice relating to specific workplace risks are identified
Importance of a systematic approach to WHS is understood
Applicable WHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to interior decoration and design are identified


Assess WHS implications for interior decoration and design

Performance Criteria:

Hazards associated with materials used in interiors are identified
Hazards associated with effects are identified
Safety measures implemented to control hazards are identified and implications for interior decoration and design evaluated
Information resources on safety aspects of materials, effects and technology used in interior decoration and design are identified and accessed
Furniture and joinery ergonomics are assessed


Assess safety implications for customers

Performance Criteria:

Range of customers for interior decoration and design are identified and potential hazards for customers determined
Safety measures implemented to control hazards to customers are identified and implications for decoration and design are evaluated


Assess risk

Performance Criteria:

Likelihood of hazards causing harm is considered and determined
Consequence if the event should occur is evaluated and determined
Risk level (likelihood and consequence combined) is considered and determined


Apply risk control measures to decoration and design solutions

Performance Criteria:

Project brief is analysed and potential safety issues identified
Solutions are evaluated for WHS implications
Range of options which may eliminate or minimise risks are identified
Most appropriate treatment for addressing risk is selected and applied to solution

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements

Details of Learning Activities

This course will be clustered with the course ARCH5215C "Materials & finishes" and ARCH5215C "Construction Technique" delivered using a blended
approach in the following modes:

In Class activities will include:

  • Lectures
  • Peer teaching and class presentations
  • Teacher directed group activities
  • Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  •  Creative thinking techniques

Out of Class activities will include:

  • Online research
  • Independent project based work

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

1Floor, Foundations & Floor Systems. Hand
out Task 1
 Natural Timber. Briefing
of Assessment. Task 1
2Internal Linings. Windows & Doors Man Made Timber
3Stairs. Windows & Doors Stone Natural / reconstituted
4Kitchen & Bathrooms & Joinery Masonry Brick & concrete
5Accelerated students please note : -
self directed learning this week due to
set up for Open Day
6Building Services: Electrical & Plumbing Plastics Acrylics & Metals Steel to Copper
7Assessment Task 1 due Glass
8Tutorial & review Briefing on Task 2 Tiles ceramic, porcelain, mosaic
9Tutorial & review Plaster & Paint. Assessment Task 1 due
10  Briefing on Task 2
11Tutorial & reviewOHS for Interiors Lecture
Online Quiz opens
Tutorial & review
                                                                    Semester break 21 September to 4 October inclusive
12Tutorial & reviewrevision onlineTutorial & review
13Tutorial & review commence finalising
Task 2
revision onlineTutorial & review
commence finalising Task
14Tutorial & review commence finalising
Task 2
Online Quiz closesTutorial & review commence finalising Task 2
15Task 2 due Task 2 due
16Review & re-submission as applicable

 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

Students may be required to use some of the following materials in preparation of drawings and
documents for this course:

  • drawing pencils, pens and markers
  • scale ruler, metal ruler, adjustable set square
  • paper
  • relevant and current hardware and software

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

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be offered as a one day intensive with  the legislative authority - Worksafe Victoria

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

Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.
To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete the Online Quiz by the closing date week 14. 

RMIT Grade Table

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

All work for Assessable Tasks is required to be submitted on the due date and time as outlined in
the Assessment Briefs.

Assessment Matrix

For Assessment Matrix, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant course

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. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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.
Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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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