Course Title: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: GRAP5298C

Course Title: Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5249 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Marnie Rudd

Kristine Pigford

John Perperis   

Nominal Hours: 65

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 performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work pro actively with a client or commissioning organisation to develop and negotiate a design brief.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBDES502A Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief


1. Establish design requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify and make appropriate contact with relevant stakeholders for the design project, in addition to the client
1.2. Identify and source information and references relevant to the design project
1.3. Undertake critical analysis of sources and extract key information to inform the design project
1.4. Liaise with client and other key stakeholders to determine overall objectives and parameters for the design project
1.5. Pro-actively seek, review and act upon information needed to inform constructive communication with client
1.6. Build trust and respect between self and client through effective use of communication skills and demonstration of professional integrity


2. Develop and refine design brief

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Develop concepts and ideas for inclusion in design brief that take account of overall objectives and parameters
2.2. Undertake own analysis of concept and challenge ideas and approaches taken to ensure responsiveness to project needs
2.3. Present ideas in an appropriate format/medium and seek feedback from key stakeholders
2.4. Use effective communication techniques to generate discussion, debate and critical analysis
2.5. Re-evaluate and refine options based on own analysis and discourse with others
2.6. Establish and agree on final nature and scope of design brief with client and accurately document details


3. Negotiate terms and conditions

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Negotiate and agree terms and conditions of the brief in accordance with relevant organisational and professional standards
3.2. Clarify, agree and document roles and responsibilities of those involved in the project
3.3. Confirm agreements in writing in accordance with organisational requirements
3.4. Identify the need for and seek specialist advice in developing, formal agreements or contracts where appropriate

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where the designer plays a key role in determining the scope and nature of work required. This unit builds on BSBDES402A Interpret and respond to a design brief, which focuses on working with an established brief.

Details of Learning Activities

The student learning experience will be facilated by particpation in the following activities

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• practical demonstrations
• Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• seminar presentations
• practical placement
• lectures
• design activities or projects
• online activiities
• group projects
• peer learning
• guest lecture
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• workshops
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• site visits (observations)
• studio practice
• tutorials
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
• other activities as decided by teaching staff

Teaching Schedule

WEEK 1   SESSION 1Introduction and course overview 1.1-3.5  1.1-1.6
                  SESSION 2 site visit 1.1-3.5 1.1-1.6
WEEK 2    SESSION 1    Further briefing and introduction to project research requirements 1.1-3.5 1.1-1.6
                   SESSION 2 Project research session 1.1- 3.5 1.1-1.6
WEEK 3     SESSION 1  Present research of site analysis to the requirements of the space 2.1-5.4 1.1-1.6
                   SESSION 2 Refine concept continue functional and planning issues 2.1-5.41.1-1.6 


 Creation of flow chartsshowing intended function ot the space 2.1-5.4 2.1-2.6
                   SESSION 2 Space planning 2.1-5.4 2.1-2.6


 Present project concept through sketches ,mood boards and,concept boards 2.1-6.7 2.1-2.6

                   SESSION 2

 Design development 2.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
WEEK 6     SESSION 1 Design development environmental implications reviewed to ensure maximum energy efficiency 5.1-6.72.1-2.6 
                   SESSION 2 Design  development 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
 WEEK 7   SESSION 1 Presentation drawings plans elevations showing access issues relating to the project 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
                   SESSION 2 Presentation drawings plans elevations5.1-6.7  2.1-2.6


 Finalize selection of materials ,colour and finishes 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
                  SESSION 2 Finalize selection of materials, finishes, fixtures and fittings to the brief parameters 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6


 Produce final perspective drawings 5.1-6.72.1-2.6 
                  SESSION 2 Produce final percpective  drawings 5.1-6.7 2.1-2.6
 WEEK 10   SESSION 1 Final board assembly5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
                     SESSION 2  Final board assembly 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
 WEEK  11   SESSION 1 Final board assembly 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
                     SESSION  2 Presentation of final boards,showing fully rendered drawings 5.1-6.73.1-3.4 


 WEEK 12   SESSION 1 Introduction to documentation 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4

                    SESSION 2

 Working drawings and schedules 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4
 WEEK 13   SESSION 1 Working drawings and schedules 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4

                     SESSION 2

 Working drawings and schedules5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
 WEEK 14   SESSION 1 Working drawings and schedules showing material  selection and finishes in annotation od drawings 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4

                     SESSION 2

 Working drawings and schedules  5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4


 Working drawings and schedules 5.1-6.73.1-3.4 
                     SESSION 2 Working drawings and schedules5.1-6.7  3.1-3.4
 WEEK  16   SESSION 1 Melbourne Cup Holiday -no class  
                     SESSION 2 submission of working drawings. Work is completed to plan and within brief constraints 5.1-6.7 3.1-3.4

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Evidence of the following is essential:
• practical demonstration of skills through the development and finalisation of at least two design briefs for a specific industry purpose
• effective collaboration and communication skills to work with others to develop and refine a design brief
• knowledge of the design process within the specific industry context/design discipline.

Assessment Tasks

Task 1 Research Task of Fitrroy Pool and precinct  summative  due week3

Task2 Concept presentation showing spacial layout of refuburbishment   summative  due week5

Task3  Presentation boards Showing final Plans Elevations , Perspectives and finishes  formative   due week 11

Task 4 Documentation showing Plans Elevations Sections and Schedules  package formative   due weeek 16

Assessment Matrix


Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this course are graded.

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.

Task1 Research presentation   summative  due week2

Task 2 Concept presentation  summative due week3

Task3 Presentation boards formative due week11

Task 4 Documentation package  formative week 16

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment
HD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment
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 gain the competency.

Feedback - 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.
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Student Progress
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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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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