Course Title: Research and recommend furniture and accessories

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2021

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


Dellwyn Apted

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

Learning activities will take place in a studio classroom using industry standard tools and resources. 

You will also be required to undertake independent study.
Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

In-class activities will include:
• Tutorials and project based work
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed activities/projects

Out-of-class activities will include:
• Online investigation
• Independent project based work
• Gallery/Exhibition visits

Teaching Schedule


Session 1


Session 2


Assessment Task Briefs


Introduction to the course and welcome to White Brick Studio

Workflow of a decorator

Brief Assessment Task 1

Brief Assessment Task 2

Briefing Assessment task
AT1 - Knowledge Quiz
AT2 - Pickle Street Proposal



AT2: Pickle Street project - scope of work

AT2: Optional Client Brief



Spatial planning

Mood Board



Curtain (Part 1)
- An introduction
- Terminology & 


Excursion to fabric showrooms

Curtain (Part 2)
- Calculation Hardware


Client Communication: Return Brief 

AT1 Knowledge Questions 

Curtain (Part 3) -

Blinds (Part 1)


Discussion AT1

 Bedding & Bedhead

Wall finishes

Floor coverings
Discussion on AT2

Introduction to AT3 assessment task

Mid Semester Break

Discussion AT1

 BQ - price list

Furniture price list

Product pages

Studio Time

Studio Time/ Feedback session 


Discussion AT1

AT3 assessment task
Project Plan (Gannt Chart)

Refine ideas from AT2 for AT3
Billing Methods
Product Pages

Assessment task 2 due 


Final assessment task 
AT3 - Pickle Street Presentation Package


Discussion AT1

AT3 Assessment Task Breakdown 



AT3 Task Discussion (group work)

Design Development 
- Roman Blinds calculation


Design Development & Documentation

Design Development & Documentation


Design Development & Documentation



Communication with clients

Presentation method


Assessment task AT1 due


Oral presentation

 Studio Time

- Getting feedback for your assessment tasks (AT3) 

Assessment task 3 due




Assessment task 3 due

This unit is clustered with ARCH5248 and MANU7433c

Timetable might change

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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.

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  
This course will be clustered with the course ARCH5247C Decorate residential interiors, MANU7433C Design for Windows and delivered using a blended approach.

TASK 1 - AT1 Knowledge Assessment Due week 14
TASK 2 - AT2 Case Study & report due Week 8
TASK 3 - AT3

  • Mini task -week 10 Part A
  • Mini Task -week 12 Part B
  • Oral Presentation - week 15
  • Documentation on the case study due week 16 

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.


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);


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 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.


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;

Submitting Assessments onto Canvas

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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