Course Title: Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: ARCH5208C

Course Title: Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

John Perperis

Maddie Granata

Dean Foster

Nominal Hours: 108

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 knowledge and skills required to develop a complete proposal for a complex site that satisfies the requirements of a client brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID5002 Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site


Analyse the project brief

Performance Criteria:

Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to designing for complex sites are verified and complied with
Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client
Key requirements for the project are assessed and confirmed and constraints determined
Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness 1.5
Communication with others involved in the project is established and maintained
Relevant research is conducted to gain all information which may be used to inform the decoration process
All required information is accessed and analysed to inform the decoration process


Conduct project research

Performance Criteria:

Site analysis is conducted to assess the requirements and environmental aspects of the spaces requiring work
Intended function of the spaces are ascertained from the client
Contextual information relating to the brief is researched and evaluated
Functional and planning issues are determined specific to the site and client requirements
Research material is organised and presented in the form of a decoration proposal
Project is planned to make effective use of time and available resources


Generate decorative themes and concepts

Performance Criteria:

Multiple ideas and concepts are generated in a creative and diverse manner that is sympathetic to the project brief
Ideas are translated into 2-D and 3-D space resolution using a range of techniques and media
Themes and concepts are presented to the client using support documentation, sketches, mood boards, and concept boards
Viability of concepts are assessed in conjunction with others
Client feedback is obtained and ideas revised and refined accordingly


Present a fully resolved scheme and evaluate client response

Performance Criteria:

Final decoration solution is presented to the client in a professional manner using a range of digital media
Client feedback is sought, amendments are agreed to and recorded, and ideas are revised and refined without losing design integrity
Own performance in the design process is examined to identify strengths and weaknesses
Areas for improvement are identified


Select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting and object d'art

Performance Criteria:

Internal elements and wall and floor finishes are selected and specified according to brief parameters
Materials board and schedules are developed
Lighting effects are designed and detailed 4.4
Furniture, accessories and art objects are selected, specified and costed using established workplace system
Furnishings and window treatments are selected to enhance the design scheme within the constraints of the brief and budget
Rendered 2-D and 3-D drawing of the scheme are prepared to represent the desired effect

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required to specify the furniture, fixtures, fittings and artworks for a complex site which may include a high end residential or commercial site with multiple themes and usage areas.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study

In class activities may include:

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• practical demonstrations
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• lectures
• design activities or projects
• online activiities
• group projects
• peer learning
• guest lectures
• 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

This course is taught and assessed with ARCH 5207c Evaluate Site for Design

Teaching Schedule

A detailed Weekly Schedule is available on Blackboard

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

1 Introduction and delivery of project brief by teachers and Linden Gallery personnel 1.1-1.5 Introduction and delivery of project brief by teachers and Linden Gallery personnel 1.1-1.7  
Site Visit - collect information for design including measurements, photographs, existing conditions   Site Visit - analyse the project brief 
2 Present Research to class 2.1-2.7 Generate decorative theme and concepts 1.2-1.7  Task 1 Research Presentation
Confirm structural requirements and limitations   Generate decorative theme and concepts 2.1-2.6
3 Concept Presentation - including sketches, models, plan, elevation, section drawings 2.1-2.7 3.1-3.4 Concept Presentation - including sketches, models, plan, elevation, section drawings  3.1-3.5  

Schematic Design

Assess structural aspects of interior space 

  Review decorative theme   Task 2 Concept Presentation

Schematic Design

Assess services

4.1-4.3 Generate decorative theme and concepts 3.1-3.5  
Assess services   Select & specify internal finishes     

Schematic Design

Assess materials used in interior space  

3.1-3.4 Select & specify internal finishes 4.3-4.6

Design Development

Assess materials used in interior space

  Select & specify internal finishes     

Design Development

Conduct additional research to support site evatuation  

5.1-5.5 Select & specify internal finishes 4.1-4.2
Conduct additional research to support site evatuation   Present a fully resolved scheme & evaluate client response 4.1-4.2  
7 Documentation 5.1-5.5 Documentation 5.1-5.7  
Documentation  5.1-5.5 Documentation 5.1-5.7  
8 Final Presentation to teacher & class 5.1-5.7 Submission of final presentation and documentation 5.1-5.7 Task 3 Final Presentation & Documentation


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

For Site Visits you will require the following equipment :

8m Tape Measure and Camera

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively interior design for at least two complex sites to provide the client with creative solutions that satisfy the design brief
• Effectively apply design elements and principles in designing for complex sites
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for designing for complex sites
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

You will undertake one major project which includes several key components to demonstrate your competence in a range of areas.

This major oroject is to detail a proposal for a commercial space within an Industry Trade Show (Exhibition space)

Assessment tasks are linked to the subjects ARCH 5207C Evaluate Site for Interior Design Brief and ARCH 5208C Develop a Decoration Proposal

Assessment Tasks include the following :

Task 1 : Research Presentation
Present research on Exhibition design (national and international), site analysis and future trends.  Submission Due : Week 2, Session 1

Task 2 : Preliminary Concept Presentation
Present preliminary Concept ideas to teacher including model, sketches, plan/elevations/sections.  Submission Due : Week 3, Session 2

Task 3 : Final Concept Presentation and Documentation
Present final Concept in multi media presentation including 2D and 3D methods of communication.  Submit working drawings and schedules.  Submission Due : Week 8, Session 1

You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

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 (

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (see list below), but also utilises graded assessment

CHD: Competent with High Distinction (4 GPA)
CDI: Competent with Distinction (3 GPA)
CC: Competent with Credit (2 GPA)
CAG: Competency Achieved – Graded (1 GPA)
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

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.
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.

Student feedback at RMIT:
Pick the following link to access the Student feedback webpage

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access the Student progress policy webpage

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.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

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.
Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration
Further links - Application for extension of time

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

Course Overview: Access Course Overview