Course Title: Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: ARCH5216C

Course Title: Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kieron Meagher Dipolma full time programe lecturer:

First Year Co-ordinator: Lindsey Glover

Accelerated Program Co-ordinator:      Jennifer Woods

Kieron Meagher Accelerated program lecturer:

Nominal Hours: 54

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 deals with the skills and knowledge required to research and document the materials, construction techniques and methods associated with the construction of residential buildings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4007 Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors


Specify the materials and methods involved in the refurbishment of wet areas

Performance Criteria:

Properties of materials used in wet area construction are evaluated
Installations of wet area cabinetry are specified


Establish structural components and materials used in residential buildings

Performance Criteria:

Residential building process is delineated into separate construction stages and expressed chronologically
Trades, construction techniques and materials associated with each stage are summarised
Individual component members are identified and sorted into structural or non-structural categories
Demolition methods for the removal of existing work can be identified


Interpret plans and specifications

Performance Criteria:

Specific components and materials on given building plans are located
Construction methods are explained from a given plan
Specific component details in a given building specification are located and identified
Bill of quantities and other relevant specification documents are interpreted
Prime cost items are located and extracted from a given set of documents


Develop and maintain relevant and current reference material

Performance Criteria:

Relevant Building Services Authority building licensing requirements applicable to interior decoration projects are complied with
Evidence of contact with industry suppliers to obtain information relevant to building components and equipment used in residential interiors is presented
An index to the portfolio to reflect industry topics and to allow easy access to the information is provided
Future additions of reference material are allowed for and details of the information, such as date, source, author and reference to any related information, are included
A strategy to ensure that the portfolio remains current and accurate is prepared

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This course will be clustered with the course ARCH5215C "Materials & finishes"  and OHTH5854C "Work, Health & Safety" (Accelerated group only) delivered using a blended approach in the following modes:

In Class activities will include:

  •  Lectures
  •  Peer teaching and class presentations
  • Teacher directed group activities/projects
  • Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • Creative thinking techniques
  •  Construction of models

Out of Class activities will include:

  • Online research
  • Independent project based work

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


This course is clustered with the following unit LMFID4006A Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors (full time & Accelerated program)

1 Floor, Foundations & Floor Systems. Hand out Task 1  Natural Timber. Briefing of Assessment. Task 1
2  Internal Linings. Windows & Doors  Man Made Timber
3  Stairs. Windows & Doors  Stone Natural / reconstituted
4   Kitchen & Bathrooms  Masonry Brick & concrete
5  Joinery
 Metals Steel to Copper
6  Building Services: Electrical & Plumbing  Plastics Acrylics
7  Assessment Task 1 due   Glass
8  Tutorial & review Briefing on Task 2  Tiles ceramic, porcelain, mosaic
9  Tutorial & review  Plaster & Paint. Assessment Task 1 due
10    Briefing on Task 2
11  Tutorial & review  Tutorial & review
                                      Semester break 21 to 25 September inclusive
12  Tutorial & review  Tutorial & review
13   Tutorial & review commence finalising Task 2   Tutorial & review commence finalising Task 2
14   Tutorial & review commence finalising Task 2   Tutorial & review commence finalising Task 2
15  Task 2 due  Task 2 due
16  Review & re-submission as applicable  


1  Floor, Foundations & Floor Systems. Hand out Task 1  

Natural Timber. Briefing of Assessment. Task 1

2  Internal Linings. Windows & Doors    Man Made Timber
3  Stairs. Windows & Doors    Stone Natural / reconstituted

 Kitchen & Bathrooms & Joinery


   Masonry Brick & concrete

 Accelerated students please note : - self directed learning this week due to set up for Open Day

6  Building Services: Electrical & Plumbing    Plastics Acrylics & Metals Steel to Copper
7  Assessment Task 1 due    Glass
8  Tutorial & review Briefing on Task 2     Tiles ceramic, porcelain, mosaic
9  Tutorial & review    Plaster & Paint. Assessment Task 1 due
10      Briefing on Task 2
11  Tutorial & review

OHS for Interiors Lecture

Online Quiz opens

 Tutorial & review
Semester break 21 to 25 September inclusive
12  Tutorial & review revision online Tutorial & review 
13  Tutorial & review commence finalising Task 2 revision online  Tutorial & review commence finalising Task 2
14  Tutorial & review commence finalising Task 2 Online Quiz closes  Tutorial & review commence finalising Task 2
15  Task 2 due     Task 2 due
16  Review & re-submission as applicable    


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


Ching, f, Building Construction Illustrated, Van Nostrand Reinhold New York 1975

Emmitt, S & Grose, C, Barry’s Advanced Construction of Buildings, Blackwell Press 2006

Other Resources

Students may be required to use some of the following materials in preparation of drawings and
models for this course:

  • drawing pencils, pens and markers
  • scale ruler, metal ruler, adjustable set square
  • paper
  • clays and other plastic compounds (plasticine, plaster)
  • cutting tools (scissors, knives, blades)
  • fibres, tape, sting
  • foam core, polystyrene
  • recycled/found materials
  • measuring tools
  • wire
  • papers, cardboard and paper pulp
  • pliers
  • relevant and current hardware and software
  • wood, metal, fabric, plastic

The university Library has extensive resources for Interior Design Students.
The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your
studies h decoration.
The Library provides guides on academic referencing
and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be project based.

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 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.

Assessment Task 1 - Digital Reference Portfolio

Develop a reference materials portfolio indexed to reflect weekly topics.  Must include current information obtained through research and by contacting suppliers.  Delivered as a digital file.  Due Date: Week 7

Assessment Task 2 - Construction Details Project

Draw a minimum of 3 construction details to scale as directed by teacher.  Due Date : Week 15

RMIT Grade Table

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

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 DLU 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.
Please visit the following link on the RMIT website for all information regarding adjustments to
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Assessment Matrix

For Assessment Matrix, please refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant course folder

Other Information

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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
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
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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.
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Cover Sheet for Submissions
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