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 2020

Course Coordinator: Roger Kemp

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99251815

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 100 Level 8

Course Coordinator Availability: Thursdays

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Interior Design Research Strategies will develop essential research skills for your academic and professional practice. The course is designed to extend your understanding of research ‘about‘, ‘for’ and ‘through’ design. 

You will have opportunities to examine and question the ways in which practice and research in design can take place. You will develop skills in collection, assembly, analysis and interpretation of research materials to enable you to conceive of, articulate and plan design research proposals.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Establish modes of practice that initiate and execute substantial Interior Design projects situated in contemporary interior design.
  • Respond to the challenges of contemporary interior design practice using knowledge of relevant environmental, cultural, political, economic and ethical issues.
  • Develop research principles and methods that enable a critical approach to Interior Design practice that demonstrate responsibility and accountability within a professional context.
  • Effectively disseminate design research to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a range of forms and media which shows understanding of the technical and theoretical frameworks of Interior Design.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare and contrast different approaches to design research including; research about design, research for design, research through design.
  2. Execute critical techniques in writing and research through establishing critical questions and cohesive arguments.
  3. Apply academic writing conventions and styles of writing, including abstracts, literature reviews, community of practice, referencing and bibliographies.
  4. Present and critically discuss a research topic and appropriate research strategies within a frame of design research in Interior Design.
  5. Identify and describe key ethical considerations associated with design research activity and potential implications for your research and practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is taught primarily through online material and resources with supplementary intensive sessions that will involve the following learning activities: seminars, group work, reading, one-on-one consultations with your tutor.

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.

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

The Library provides guides on academic referencing:


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 research tasks you present through a variety of visual and verbal means.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1 - Approaches to design research 10%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes:  1, 2, 3


Assessment 2 - Ethics and design research 10%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes: 5


Assessment 3 - Community of practice and literature review 30%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes:  1, 4


Assessment 4 - Final Research Document 50%

Linked Course Learning Outcomes:  1,2,3,4


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.