Course Title: Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for kitchen designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2021

Course Code: BUIL6416C

Course Title: Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for kitchen designs

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


Sarah Palliser 

Nominal Hours: 60

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 requirements of the kitchen design brief, research options, and make recommendations for materials, components and finishes.

This unit applies to individuals working in kitchen design roles. They analyse and compare product information from a wide range of different sources to inform 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:

MSFKB4015 Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for kitchen designs


1. Identify requirements of kitchen designs brief

Performance Criteria:

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

1.2 Select work resources based on the needs of the project

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

1.4 Identify key project stakeholders and establish required communication protocols


2. Research options for kitchen materials, components and finishes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Examine products used in kitchen applications and determine suitability to meet design brief

2.2 Research new material technologies and determine suitability to meet design brief

2.3 Select options for further analysis and design development


3. Evaluate functional and aesthetic characteristics

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use elements and principles of design to examine the appropriateness of materials, components and finishes for client requirements

3.2 Assess aesthetic qualities with regard to desired effect

3.3 Assess application methods and available expertise for the desired effect

3.4 Assess and compare costs and quality of materials, components and finishes

3.5 Examine sustainability considerations for materials, components and finishes

3.6 Research hazards associated with the use and application of materials, components and finishes


4. Refine ideas and select preferred solution

Performance Criteria:

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

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

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


5. Make recommendations

Performance Criteria:

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

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

5.3 Seek client feedback on the proposed solution

5.4 Base adjustments to the final design solution on feedback

5.5 Accurately document specifications of selection and prepare for integration into design drawings and plans

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the 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.

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.


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

Teaching Schedule




Welcome to the course, Introduction of AT1, AT2 and AT3 Briefs


The briefing process, how to get the required information from a client

Turn your ideation into a working concept

Develop client profile




Interviewing your client

Client Briefing

Preparing your return brief

Basics of Spatial Planing

Investigating Ikea Kitchens



Blum Presentation


Understanding Joinery Drawings from Industry

Spatial Planing

Develop your ideas using Ikea planing software


Using Ikea resource and turning concept sketches into drawings.

Interpreting drawings from another resource (Ikea and reference materials)


Present drawings prepared so far

Final interaction between client/ teacher/ designer before presentation.

Review markups from teacher and complete.

Mid semester break


Class presentation to whole group

Start Planning Kitchen 2


How to interpret drawings and how to use them for your renovated kitchen

Investigating Engineers Drawings, how they inform your drawings.


How to use existing conditions and finishes as an inspiration

Investigate materials, finishes and fixtures for kitchens

Complete first draft of kitchen drawings for review for next class


Final Studio and sign off from teacher prior to Kitchen 2 presentation



Class presentation to whole group

Studio time


Studio time, work on final kitchen


Studio time, work on final kitchen

Ethical Compliance


Review presentation of Kitchen 3 to whole group


No Studio

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

Assessment is project based.

Assessment Tasks

Note: This unit is clustered:

ARCH5249CResearch and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors

BUSM8868C Research and meet ethical compliance requirements

AT1 - Knowledge Questions Due: Week 9 and 11

AT2 - Kitchen Design Due: Weeks 2,6,10 and 16

AT3 - Presentations Due: Weeks 6,10 and 16

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. 

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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