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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2023

Course Code: BUIL6416C

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

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 

School: 515T Creative Industries

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

Sam Falanga

Angela Costa


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 coare 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 this semester with a blended classroom model using industry standard tools and resources. Some classes maybe scheduled to be on campus, and some may be in a remote (virtual) learning mode online.

Refer to your Course schedule and Canvas shells for specific information on how each of your courses is delivered this semester.

You will also be required to undertake independent study.

Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach / studio-based delivery.


On campus class activities will include:

• Tutorials and project-based work

• Group discussion

• Teacher directed activities/projects

• Class presentations 

• Independent project-based work

• Site visits (observations)

• Studio Practice



Out-of-class activities will include:

• Online investigation

• Independent project-based work


Teaching Schedule

Week Topic WIP Assessment Due

Welcome to course, Intro to AT1, AT2 & AT3 Briefs, Floor Plans & Timeline

The Design Process

1a. Analyse the brief - Client profile  

Preparing your return briefs

Workshop Design Statement

1b. Analyse the brief - Client Return Brief  

Industry Visit 1 Polyform


2b. Project File - Concept Development  

Materials session 1

Basics of spatial planning / Architectural data and Ergonomics

2a. Project File - Research  

Industry Visit 2 Blum


2c. Project File - Master Schedule AT2 - Kitchen 1 Due
6 Kitchen 1 presentations, Class presentation to whole group

3. Present your design

AT3 - Kitchen 1 presentation Due

Using Ikea resource and turning concept sketches into drawings.






Investigating Engineers Drawings, how they inform your drawings.


2a. Project File - Research  

Guest Speaker KBDI rep TBC

Canvas, work on finalising kitchen 2

2b. Project File - Concept Development  
10 Investigate materials, finishes and fixtures for kitchens 2c. Project File - Master Schedule

AT1 - Knowledge questions Due

AT2 - Kitchen 2 Due

11 Class presentation to whole group  

3. Present your design

AT3 - Kitchen 2 presentation Due

Continue work on kitchen 3



Studio time, work on final kitchen


2b. Project File - Concept Development  

Studio time, work on final kitchen


2a. Project File - Research  

Review presentation of Kitchen 3 to whole group


  AT2 - Kitchen 3 Due
16 Final formal presentation of Kitchen 3 to whole group 

2c. Project File - Master Schedule

3. Present your design

AT3 - Kitchen 3 presentation Due


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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.  


Prescribed Texts 



References The recommended reference for this course is the Chicago style



Author's Last name, First name. Year. Title of Book: Subtitle of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher's Name.  


Webb, Jela. 2008. Strategic Information Management: A Practitioner's Guide. Oxford: Chandos.


You are advised to look on Canvas for ongoing updated information. 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is project based.

Assessment Tasks

AT1 Knowledge Questions  

AT2 Research and Recommend Hard Materials   

AT3 Concept Presentation 

Note: full briefs, assessment details and rubrics for each task are available in Canvas

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.


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. 


Compulsory WIP (Work in Progress)

Throughout this course there are associated learning activities or exercises that are compulsory.

They will be identified as a Compulsory WIP.

These exercises/activities must be completed in a timely manner as indicated in the weekly schedule to allow you to build knowledge and progress to the formal assessment.


Even if you complete and pass the formal assessment, if you haven’t completed the WIP you are unable to pass this course overall.



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;

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning


Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification). Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.   


Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course:    


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