Course Title: Interior Design Research Strategies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Interior Design Research Strategies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Olivia Hamilton

Course Coordinator Phone: Contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 100 Level 8

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Theory and Research for Design ARCH1105 before you commence this course.

Interior Design Research Project Proposal ARCH1123 is a co-requisite to this course.

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to Recognition of prior learning (RPL) in Higher Education.

Course Description

This course will support the Interior Design Research Project Proposal course ARCH1123 through developing an extended understanding of research 'as’, ‘about ‘and ‘for design’.

It will extend your knowledge and practice with methods of project and practice based design research strategies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Conceptualize and engage in research through design as part of the creative process to open the potential for new understandings, experimentation and innovation.
• Communicate your ideas and designs verbally, visually and textually through a range of media to your peers as well as professional, academic and public audiences.
• Reflect, analyse, synthesize, critique and evaluate your own work as well that of your peers and apply your knowledge and skills with initiative and insight in professional practice and/or scholarship.
• Engage in research with an enhanced appreciation and understanding of theoretical, environmental, social, historical, cultural and technical contexts in relation to the activity of interior design and be able to engage and extend this knowledge through the practice of design.
• Understand and value your individual abilities and way of working as an interior designer; to initiate independent strategies together with the ability to plan and time manage projects; to develop a personal work ethic based on initiative and self-motivation.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Research information and acquire data through literature review, case study and typological analysis.
2. Plan and prepare design briefs and research proposals incorporating appropriate research methodologies.
3. Execute critical techniques to writing and research through cohesive arguments and establishing questions.
4. Apply academic writing conventions and styles of writing, including referencing.
5. Present and critically discuss a research topic and appropriate research strategies within a frame of design research in Interior Design.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is taught through the following learning activities: Lectures, seminars, group work, reading and writing, consultations with the tutor, and individual project work.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will identify the learning resources specific to your own interests in conjunction with your tutors. These may include readings, critical study of precedents, and further refinement of the communication, workshop, and other skills that you have acquired in the previous levels of the course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

It is advisable that you have a personal computer of an appropriate specification.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Detailed references and ongoing updated information will be made available to students in the myRMIT Canvas site


Detailed references and ongoing updated information will be made available to students in the myRMIT Canvas site


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. The evidence for your learning outcomes will be in the design projects you present through a variety of visual and verbal means.

Assessment 1 - Research Framework - 30%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: CLO1, CLO3, CLO4

Assessment 2 - Research Book - 70%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.

Refer to myRMIT Canvas for detailed briefs and assessment criteria.

Grading information:
RMIT grading information can be found here: exams/results/grading-information