Course Title: Use business technology

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OFFC5215C

Course Title: Use business technology

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

Dusko Lapcevic:


Nominal Hours: 20

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 select, use and maintain a range of business technology. This technology includes the effective use of computer software to organise information and data.
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:

BSBWOR204A Use business technology


Select and use technology

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Select appropriate technology and software applications to achieve the requirements of the task
1.2. Adjust workspace, furniture and equipment to suit user ergonomic requirements
1.3. Use technology according to organisational requirements and in a way which promotes a safe work environment


Maintain technology

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Identify and replace used technology consumables in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and organisational requirements
3.2. Carry out and/or arrange routine maintenance to ensure equipment is maintained in accordance with manufacturer's instructions and organisational requirements
3.3. Identify equipment faults accurately and take action in accordance with manufacturer's instructions or report fault to designated person


Process and organise data

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Identify, open, generate or amend files and records according to task and organisational requirements
2.2. Operate input devices according to organisational requirements
2.3. Store data appropriately and exit applications without damage to or loss of, data
2.4. Use manuals, training booklets and/or online help or help-desks to overcome basic difficulties with applications

Learning Outcomes

This unit applies to individuals who use business technology to perform a range of routine tasks.

They use a limited range of practical skills and fundamental knowledge of equipment use and the organisation of data or files in a defined context,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   under direct supervision or with limited individual responsibility.

Details of Learning Activities

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

NOTE: This unit is clustered with ARCH6346C Create Visual Design Components. Both units will be both taught together, but assessed on separate criteria.

In Class Activities will include:
• Group discussion
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects
• Analysis/critique of own work

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

Teaching Schedule

Week Class content
Due Date Learning Elements   Class content
Due Date Learning Elements
1 Orientation     Orientation   1.1-1.3, 2.2-2.4
2 Introduction to Photoshop
Briefing Task 1
 Week 4  1, 2, 3 Briefing  Task 1
Introduction to File management
Files types and structures
Digital resolution
 4  1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
3 Photoshop Techniques     1, 2, 3 Emailing images
Create theme for board
Sourcing and saving correctly images and patterns
  1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
4 Photoshop Techniques
Task 1 due
Briefing Task 2
 Week 9  1- 7, 12 - 16 Task 1 due
Briefing Task 2
Collecting images
Saving digital files
Using software appropriately
 Week 9 1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
5 No class (Labour Day holiday)   1-14 No class (Labour Day holiday)    
6 Photoshop & InDesign techniques   1-16 Briefing Task 2_Project Check List
Studio session
  1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
7 Perspective & image resolution   1-14 Studio session
  1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
8 Studio session
Briefing Task 3
Week 15 1-14 Studio session
Briefing Task 3
Week 15  1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
9 SketchUp intro
Task 2 hand in
  1-16 SketchUp intro
Task 2 hand in
  1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
10 SketchUp & generating perspectives   1-14     1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
11 Hand & computer rendering of perspectives   1-14     1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
12 Hand & computer rendering of perspectives   1-14      1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
13 Hand & computer rendering of perspectives   1-14     1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
14 Studio session   1-16     1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
15 Studio session & hand in   1-16 Studio session and hand in   1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.4,3.1-3.3
16 NO CLASS          

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Home computer - It is advisable that you have a computer at home on which to do your self-directed work. It is highly recommended that your computer can run the Windows operating system (BootCamp or Parallels on Mac OS allows you to do this).

Software - Photoshop & InDesign is not supplied to students for home use, but they can access the software via RMIT’S MyDesktop. It is encouraged that students either purchase a copy or organise easy access to the software for the duration of their course. Student versions cost around $200 per annum.
SketchUp – a free student version of this program can be downloaded. A full featured version can be access at RMIT.

Online software tutorials - RMIT student have free access to – a very comprehensive and well respected library of online video tutorials. Every student should become familiar with this resource as it is essential for design professionals. Access via the RMIT Library link.

After-hours access to RMIT computers - Building 94, level 5, room 13 will be available when there are no classes running. Most nights either after 6pm or 9pm, until classes start the following morning.


Overview of Assessment

Assessmnet for this course will be project based.

Assessment Tasks

Task 1: Concept Mind Map - due week 4
Create a Concept Mind Map for use in Task 2 (see brief for details)
Mind Map is to be hand written, scanned and cleaned up using Photoshop. Size must be reduced to less than 1Mb
File is to be correctly labelled and both submitted into the secure folder location & emailed to your teacher.

Task 2: Developed Concept 1 - due week 9
Use the Mind Map from Task 1 to create a Mood Board. Use both of these tools to create as inspiration for interior design. Document that interior with a Material & Finishes Board & a Rendered Perspective (see brief for details).

Task 3: Developed Concept 2 - due week 15
Use a Mind Map & Mood Board to explore and document a second concept (see brief for details). Use both of these tools as inspiration for an interior design. Document your interior with a Material & Finishes Board & a Rendered Perspective & Elevation (see brief for details). This task also involves using 3D software to generate your interior perspective.

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

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