Course Title: Research and recommend furniture and accessories

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: ARCH5248C

Course Title: Research and recommend furniture and accessories

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4402 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4759

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff




Danielle Tregenza




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 describes the skills and knowledge required to determine decoration requirements, research product options and make recommendations for loose furniture and accessories.

This unit applies to individuals providing advice in a retail, consulting or design studio environment. They analyse and compare product information from a wide range of sources to develop a design solution.

No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must be applied.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4017 Research and recommend furniture and accessories


1. Determine project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate project specifications, parameters and constraints, and confirm with client

1.2 Identify and assess aspects of the space that impact on potential solutions

1.3 Identify key project stakeholders and establish required communication protocols


2. Research furniture and accessories options

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Source and assess style options that match the brief

2.2 Analyse and review intended use against functional features of different products

2.3 Consider and investigate new technologies for manufacturing and maintaining furniture and accessories

2.4 Consider and investigate relevant anthropometrics, ergonomics and spatial relationships

2.5 Analyse and evaluate product properties for their suitability and sustainability

2.6 Source and compare information about costs and availability against the project brief


3. Refine ideas and select preferred solution

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explore, integrate and refine different options through a process of reflection and testing

3.2 Choose a preferred solution based on research findings and the key objectives of the project brief

3.3 Prepare a visual representation that communicates the key aspects of the preferred solution


4. Make recommendations to client

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Present recommendations in a format and level of detail suited to the client and scope of the project

4.2 Clearly articulate rationale for the chosen solution and present to the client

4.3 Provide cost estimates associated with purchasing and obtaining the furniture and accessories to the client

4.4 Seek client feedback on the proposed solution

4.5 Base adjustments made to the final design solution on feedback

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements of this unit for learning outcomes.

Details of Learning Activities

This course will be clustered with the course ARCH5547C, Decorate residential interiors, MANU7433C Design for Windows and delivered using a blended approach in the following modes:

Online Class activities will include:
Tutorials + class presentations
Teacher directed group activities/projects
Group discussions
Out of Class activities will include:
Online research
Independent project based work
Industry related excursions
Gallery/Exhibition visits

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.

Teaching Schedule

Flexible study allows you to study online by participating in lectures and tutorials via Canvas, our online learning and teaching platform, to ensure continued learning throughout this period.

For Semester 2 all of your classes and assessments have been rearranged to suit this learning format.

Canvas has been designed so that the learning experience is consistent throughout all your courses.

We have taken your feedback and adjusted the way we do things for Semester 2.

 Teaching Schedule 2020  - Pickle Street, South Melbourne (soft furnishings) is providing the floor plan for these three courses  




CONTENT Decorate Residential Interior ARCH5247C   MSFID4012

CONTENT Research & recommend Furniture & Accessories ARCH5248C    MSFID4017


CONTENT Design of Window MANU7433C MSFSF3008

Tasks Due: ARCH5247C + ARCH5248C


Introduction to the clustered courses and project overview.

Expectations and how course will be delivered online throughout the semester & overview of 3 assessments.

AT1 – Knowledge quiz

AT2 – Case Study

AT3 - Documentation

Introduction of AT2 task

Introduction Soft Furnishings

Fibres & Weaves 1 Weft & Warp,


What is a fabric House?

AT1 – Due Wk 14

AT2 – Due Wk 8

AT3 – Due Wk 16


Intro AT2





Fibres & Weaves 2 Weaves:



Spatial layouts explored through bubble diagrams and discussion.

Look at spatial planning in order to source furniture collecting, organising, and recording process.


Types of Windows and Treatments Window types & historical styles


What is a Master Schedule?



Present style client + furniture style to class






BQ Film 1

Measure/fixing points/stack back.


BQ Film 2

Curtain Headings

Linings and Interlinings



Consider suitability of soft furnishings fabric & styles



Pelmets and Curtain Hardware, Types of tracks Measuring & fixing points & stack back



Virtual Excursion day

Porter Davis World of Style or similar

Curtain Calculation

Calculating fabrics quantites




AT2 presentation of 2 options for each of the following spaces - home office, master bedroom, guest room. In class


Blind Calculation Calculating fabrics quantites



AT2 present 2 options for home office, master bedroom & guest bed room for refinement.


Report- Part 1

Floor plan + renderings, concept colours, materials, flooring, furniture, fittings, wall finishes, lighting & window treatments. Report- Part 2                     Standards audit process Construction, Composition, materials, tactile nature of products, finishes, maintenance req., quality & safety.


BQ Product Catalogue – Bedheads, bedspreads and bed valances Workroom order forms


AT2 presentation of home office, guest room & master bedroom with relaxation area in class to your teacher

AT2- due 8




REVIEW PROCESS Refinement of design, documenting into process folio


Scope of works

Application of quilting, bedspread + accessories applicable to project



Documentation & Sourcing Furniture



WH&S issues, letter with cost estimates gantt chart, work flow.     




DESIGN DEVELOPMENT Sourcing furniture, décor & accessories, materials and colour


Master schedules/Contract & payment /Upholstery order forms, fabrics and white price,



DESIGN DEVELOPMENT Sourcing furniture, materials, accessories and colour  


Studio time documentation preparation.              Studio time Q & A



Review and assessment preparation time


Flooring schedule, cost, check measure site, workroom order form



AT1 Knowledge Quiz In class

AT1 Soft Furnishings knowledge quiz    

AT1-Due 14

AT1 Knowledge quiz in class


Finalise Presentations Review and assessment preparation time



Studio time - Documentation Wallpaper + wall art options Review curtain + blind calculations for project



FINAL PRESENTATION – AT2/3 Oral presentation to class of final options for home office


Final Presentation -  AT 2/3     Oral presentation of final decoration option for master bedroom + relaxation area 

AT3- due 16




Class presentations submit

into Google Drive & e-portfolio via Google drive.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students may be required to use some of the following materials in class:

  • drawing pencils, pens and markers
  • scale ruler, metal ruler, adjustable set square
  • paper
  • fibres, tape, sting
  • foam core, mount card
  • recycled/found materials
  • measuring tools
  • papers, cardboard, fabric + plastics 
  • 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 h
The Library provides guides on academic referencing
and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian for colour, soft furnishings and dec res interiors

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is project based.

Assessment Tasks

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 is on-going throughout the course. 

Decoration Studio 2 - Decorate Residential Interiors
In this semester, this course is linked to Design for windows, Research and recommend furniture and accessories 
This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies

TASK 1 -AT1 Knowledge Assessment Due week 14
TASK 2 - AT2 Case Study & report due Week 8
TASK 3 AT3 Documentation on the case study due week 16 

You are advised to look at the course on canvas for ongoing updated information.

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
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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

All work for Assessable Tasks is required to be submitted on the due date and time as outlined in the Assessment Briefs. Exception to this is where an approved ELS Plan an application for Special Consideration or an approved Extension of Time is in place, submitted before the task’s due date with appropriate documentation.

If your work is incomplete, you are strongly encouraged to submit your work on the due date, in order to meet the submission requirements. Should it be below competency you may be asked to resubmit within 5 working days.


Assessment / Late Submission

All assessment information for this course can be found on the course’s Canvas shell, in conjunction with assessment information communicated in class by the teacher.



This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment;


CA: Competency achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

SEC: Stopped engagement in course

WDR: Withdrawn from course


All work for Assessable Tasks is required to be submitted on the due date and time as outlined in the Assessment Briefs. Exception to this is where an approved ELS plan, an application for Special Consideration or an approved Extension of Time is in place, submitted before the task’s due date with appropriate documentation.


Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

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 of time for your assessable work.

Please see following access for the details on applying for extension of time to assessments;

Special consideration;


Application for extension of time;


Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA);



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.

Library support

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 (

Study and Learning support

Would you like to get better at studying, writing, or researching for your assignments? The Library has everything you need to develop your academic skills, improve your marks and save time;



Use Canvas to access your course content and announcements, submit assignments, and receive your grades and feedback;



Student feedback at RMIT:

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.

The following link is an outline and ways that you will receive your feedback at RMIT;


Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Please see following access to the Student progress policy webpage;


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.

Please see following access to the Cover sheet for submission of works;


Here is a guide to submitting assessments on Canvas;


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Please see following access for more information on Academic Integrity at RMIT;


IT orientation

It's time to get ready;



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