Course Title: Research and apply techniques in spatial design

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: GRAP5352C

Course Title: Research and apply techniques in spatial design

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5325 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact: Sam Falanga

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Christine Wolter (VM2F & VM2C)


Justin Compton (VM2A)


Ben Mastwyk (VM2D) 


Tim McCarthy (VM2B)


Nominal Hours: 50

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

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to research and apply techniques for application to spatial design. It involves interpreting work briefs,
organising resources, testing ideas, and refining approaches to a range of design challenges. The unit covers the design process to the point of producing models or maquettes for spatial designs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVDES405A Research and apply techniques in spatial design


1. Interpret spatial design briefs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the specifications of design briefs

1.2 Take user or client requirements into account when making decisions about spatial design work

1.3 Clarify issues about specifications, parameters and constraints with relevant people as required

1.4 Source and evaluate information pertinent to briefs


2. Organise resources for spatial design

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify resources required to develop spatial design models, including work space, tools and equipment

2.2 Prepare and care for resources according to requirements

2.3 Follow storage and inventory procedures


3. Test spatial design approaches

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Produce preliminary visual representations

3.2 Identify possible approaches and establish criteria for selecting final approach

3.3 Select appropriate materials , tools and equipment and test approaches and techniques

3.4 Evaluate testing processes against criteria and select the approach that best meets the requirements of briefs

3.5 Critique own work and seek feedback as required

3.6 Refine and document the approach to spatial design work based on testing and evaluation


4. Fabricate spatial design models or maquettes

Performance Criteria:


4.1 Evaluate the need for fabrication and the scope of work required

4.2 Select and organise materials, tools and equipment for fabrication according to design approach

4.3 Safely make models or maquettes ensuring consistency with design concepts and briefs

4.4 Respond positively to feedback and refine work as required

4.5 Present models or maquettes within agreed timeframes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include field research, observation of existing exhibition and event environments, case studies, lectures, tutorials, team exercises, industry visits and running of an event. 

In class activities may include:
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• practical demonstrations
• seminar presentations
• lectures
• design
• guest lecture
• group discussion
• workshops
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• site visits (observations)
• tutorials

Out of class activities may include:
• Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
• seminar presentations
• design
• guest lecture
• group discussion
• workshops
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• site visits (observations)
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects


Teaching Schedule

WeekTopic Competency & Elements
1Introduction, Venues and Resources


2Venue visit 1. Lighting observations 1,2,
3Presentations.  1,2
4Introduce Table Styling brief.
Creativity and Innovation
5Design Meeting 1,2
6Design Meeting 1,2,3
7Architectural Data 1, furniture 1,2,3
8Table Styling presentations1,2,3
9Lighting LUX measurement exercise and intro Display Lighting task 1,2,3
10Theming and resourcing an Event 1,2,3
11Design Meeting / Architectural Data 2, ergonomics 1,2,3,4
12Design Meeting 1,2,3,4
13Great Debate Intro 1,2,3
14Design Meeting 1,2,3,4
15Event Theming presentations : ASSESSMENT 1,2,3,4
16The great debate 1,2,3,4


17Event planning & risk assessment. Intro Major Event brief  1,2,3,4
18Intellectual property.   1,2,3
19Event Lighting. Design meeting  1,2,3,4
20Event Lighting. Design meeting  1,2,3,4
21Design meeting  1,2,3,4
22Design meeting  1,2,3,4
23Design meeting  1,2,3,4
24Design meeting  1,2,3,4
25Major event Planning Running  1,2,3,4
26Major event Planning Running : ASSESSMENT 1,2,3,4
27VM Career Promotion  1,2,3,4
28Fashion runway set design / Custom exhibition stand   1,2,3,4
29Design meeting  1,2,3,4
30Design meeting  1,2,3,4
31Design meeting 
32Fashion runway set design / Custom exhibition stand presentations : ASSESSMENT 

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

Title:Human dimension & interior space : a source book of design reference standards / by Julius Panero and Martin Zelnik.
Author:Panero, Julius.
Other Author(s):Zelnik, Martin, 1939-
Publisher:New York : Whitney Library of Design, 1979.
ISBN:0823072711 :
Description:320 p. : ill. ; 31 cm.
Format:BookSubjects:Architecture--Human factors.
Interior decoration--Human factors.
Notes:Includes index.
Bibliography: p. 316-317.

0823072711 :


Other Resources

Commercial Supplier catalogues

Creative design resources including websites, magazines and books 

RMIT will provide you with some of the 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

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills.

Assessment tasks are:

2 x projects 

Please note: All Assessment tasks need to be completed before competency is achieved. A number of tasks will be formative to show your progress and development of skills and knowledge throughout the semester. The final task will be summative to provide a level of performance in addition to your competency.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

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 unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Assessment

1. Venue Review

Conduct a review of an existing event &/or exhibitions venue

2. Lighting LUX measurement exercise

3. Table Styling brief

Plan a theme and all theming elements for a given hypothetical client / function

4. Display Lighting exercise


Summative Assessment

3. ASSESSMENT 1 : Themeing brief

Plan a theme and all theming elements for a given hypothetical client / function


50% Major Event

Plan and run an event (group exercise)


Custom exhibition stand design or Fashion Runway Set design

Produce a series of exhibition stand design solutions for a given brand.

 Competency based assessment

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.

Assessment Grading: Your final level of assessment for this course will be graded as follows.


CHD : 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

Assessment Matrix

An assessment rubric is available on the Event & Exhibition Design (Events2014) blackboard site.
Go to the RMIT website - students / learning hub / Event & Exhibition Design (Events2014) / course guide / Assessment rubric

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.


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:
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1 (unresolved)

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.

When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided.
For digital online submission please use e-Submission process. Information regarding the e-Submission process can be located e-submission

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. (unresolved)

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