Course Title: Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: ARCH5170C

Course Title: Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5249 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Chris Job

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4036

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chris Job  -  Lecturer  -

Nominal Hours: 80

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

A pre-requisite for this course is "Produce computer-aided drawings, RMIT course code GRAP5300C.  This unit is delivered in conjuction with "Studio Practice 2".

Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to use computer aided drafting (CAD) applications to produce models and documentation for interior decoration and design projects to meet client and project brief requirements

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID5014A Use CAD applications to complete models and documentation for interior design projects


1.    Determine project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1   Applicable OHS , legislative and organisational requirements
         relevant to designing with CAD applications are verified and
         complied with.
1.2   Project brief is reviewed and confirmed
1.3   Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
1.4   Design concepts and details of design solution are examined to
         determine drawing requirements
1.5   Sketches, drawings and materials board are analysed
1.6   Calculations and measurements are confirmed
1.7   Documentation requirements for the design are clarified and
1.8   Computing equipment and suitable software is selected and
        prepared for use
1.9   Customised template created for individual workplace


2.    Use CAD applications to produce 3D model and documentation

Performance Criteria:

2.1   Layering strategy for project is designed, created and applied
2.2   Architectural library is developed to acquire relevant design
2.3   Custom designed library parts are created
2.4   Text, line, font and dimension styles are applied
2.5   Pan, zoom and orbit tools are used to navigate in the 2-D
        and 3-D windows within the model
2.6   Text and notations are added to the drawing in accordance
        with drawing protocols
2.7   Dimensions are added to the drawing in accordance with 
2.8   3-D detailed suite of rooms, complete with fenestration and
        doors is produced on appropriate layers
2.9   Advanced features of drawing tools are used to generate 3-D


3.   Edit drawing components

Performance Criteria:

3.1   Editing tools are used to modify drawing elements and text
3.2   Object properties are modified changed or transferred to a
        different layer


4.   Render surfaces

Performance Criteria:

4.1   Library is used to assign materials to surfaces and objects of the
4.2   New material creations are explored
4.3   Texture, transparency, luminescence and patterns are edited to
        achieve desired surface effects using shader settings
4.4   Light fixtures are included in model and parameters adjusted to 
        achieve desired effects


5.   Create 3-D views of the model

Performance Criteria:

5.1   Isometric, two and three point perspective views are created
        using a range of camera settings and rendering techniques
5.2   Camera or target is repositioned to provide alternate views
        using a variety of camera techniques
5.3   Effect of natural and artificial lighting are created in 3-D 
       space to achieve photo realistic awareness of the 3-D model
       and the effect of light on surfaces
5.4   Rending time considerations are examined to achieve
        specific output


6.   Plot and print for final presentations

Performance Criteria:

6.1   Perspective views are saved and are appropriate for final media
6.2   Appropriate views are saved to meet requirements of brief
6.3   Page layout is created for plotting and printing
6.4   Page layout is prepared using saved views and documentation
6.5   2-D documentation is plotted with appropriate line weights
6.6   Slide show presentation is prepared using saved views and


7.   Save and back up files

Performance Criteria:

7.1   Folders and files are created to store drawing projects
7.2   Drawings are saved and filed to allow easy access according
        to workplace documentation system
7.3   Appropriate techniques for reducing file size are identified and
7.4   Copies of files are backed up

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in interior decoration and design operations of all sizes. It applies to the development of 2-D and 3-D drawings that incorporate all standard practice notations and drawing protocols.

This unit requires employability skills in initiative and enterprise, planning and organising and problem solving in order to determine drawing specifications to meet design brief requirements. Communication skills are used to interpret and document design information and complete drawings. Self management and learning skills are applied to gain additional information to support drawing design skills.

Details of Learning Activities

In Class Activities will include:

  • Use of class computers for the preparation of working drawings
  • Internet use for dowloading both images and blocks used in the project
  • In class "AutoCAD command" self tutorial exercises / videos
  • In class group and individual drawing
  • Research drawing standards and applying to this to all projects

Out of class activities will include:

  • Online research
  • Independent project based work
  • Site visit

As assessment will involve student group interaction, it is in your interest to
attend all classes.

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. field trips and work placements.

Teaching Schedule

For weekly outline of teaching schedule & course outline, please refer to the "Blackboard" link located in MYRMIT in the relevant folder.

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

2012 3D CAD exercises – found in “blackboard” in the “weekly notes" folder” in this course

2012 tutorial videos located in the weekly notes folder in blackboard in the relevant subject folder


Australian Standards, AS1100.101-1992. Technical Drawing Part 101: “General Principles” (in the search box type AS1100.101)

Australian Standards, AS1100.301-2008. Technical Drawing Part 301: “Architectural drawing” (in the search box type AS1100.301)

Other Resources

  • Home computer - It is advisable that you have a computer at home on which to do your self directed work (preferably a PC rather than Mac -  as there is currently no Mac platform for this software)
  • Software - "Revit Architecture 2012" and "AutoCAD 2012"  software is available for access via RMIT for all students enrolled in the program. Authorisation for the software can also be sought via AutoDesk.  Details will be given in class
  • Authorisation - You can then receive an authorisation for the use of the software for 36 months at a time direct from AutoDesk (details will be supplied in first week)
  • Self paced online tutorial - If you find you are struggling with Revit, as an RMIT student you will have access to the website tutorials.  This can only be done for free via the link below: 
  • Building 8, level 7 - 24 hour, 7 day a week access is available to the "open labs" in building 8 if you require the use of a computer. Booking may be required (and will ensure you have a PC for you)
  • Building 94, level 5, room 13 will be available most nights after 6pm till midnight (refer to to timetable located on door of room). Note, an "access" form will need to be filled in and approved prior to use of this room.
  • During the course, WMV files will be uploaded into the relevant blackboard folder for assistance

Overview of Assessment

Effectively design and produce at least two 2-D CAD drawings and two 3-D CAD drawings that document the requirements of the design brief

Apply drafting and drawing protocols in accordance with Australian Standards and the Building Code of Australia

Effectively apply design elements and principles to designing with CAD applications

Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures to design with CAD applications

Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

Use CAD for design projects is a clustered unit.  This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies.
This course is clustered with "Design for small-ed interiors (Studio prac 2)".

Project task:

  • As this course is clustered with Studio Prac 2, the CAD work will be based on the same single project
  • At the start of the course you will be directed to a folder in blackboard to download an ouline of the brief.  This will be general information only, such as key dates, where to submit, etc.
  • A detailed outline of the brief for this course will be formulated in either week 1 or week 2 in class in a client / consultant meeting.  This is in keeping with what would occur in industry.  You as the "consultant" will flesh out the brief with the client (in this case the teacher), to form a basis for the scope of works for this project.  The brief will be heavily dependant on Studio Prac 2 requirements.
  • In execusion of this project, you will be required to attend an excursion to site to do a "measure-up" of the building.  You will be supplied with a rough site plan only.
  • In "Revit Architecture", you will then be required to draw the floor plan of the building/space as appropriate.  This will be in 3D
  • From the 3D model, you will need to create a set of working drawings as well as rendered perspectives with lights and materials.  The renders may then be used in Studio Prac 2
  • You will the be required to print your contract set of 2D drawings to an appropriate scale with appropriate detail as would be expected in industry.
  • You will also be required to print in colour your perspectives (at least 2) - of which you may or may not use in your Studio Prac 2 hand-in / board
  • All files are the to be upload all digital files to a drive as directed in class

In order ensure good progress and provide timely feedback, there will be a number of submissions at different stages required throughout the semester of this project.

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome. At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.

Assessment Matrix

For assessment matrix, refer to the "Blackboard" link located in MyRMIT".  This file is the "assessment" folder in the relevant course folder

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall

CHDCompetent with High Distinction
CDICompetent with Distinction
CCCompetent with Credit
CAGCompetency Achieved – Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for Assessment

Use CAD for design projects is a clustered unit. This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies. This course is clustered with "Design for small-ed interiors (Studio prac 2)".

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration.

Cover Sheet for Submissions:
All students 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 refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism

Work not seen in progress:
If a student hands in any work that the teacher has never seen in class or discussed with the student prior to the submission, the teacher can refuse to assess the work on the basis of authentication issues.

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