Course Title: Research and apply techniques in spatial design

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: GRAP6360C

Course Title: Research and apply techniques in spatial design

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5381 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact: Sam Falanga

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254670

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Tim McCarthy

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

None required.

Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to test and apply techniques for the production of models or maquettes for spatial designs. You will generate ideas and solutions for the layout of event spaces.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUADES403 Research and apply techniques in spatial design


1. Plan and organise requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret requirements of design briefs, in consultation with clients or colleagues

1.2 Research financial, physical and human resources required for developing design concept to prototype stage

1.3 Investigate environmental, ethical and technical factors that impact on selection and use of resources

1.4 Select and prepare resources based on research into designs and approaches used for similar spaces, and relevant standards or legislative requirements


2. Test design approaches

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Produce preliminary visuals

2.2 Experiment with range of techniques and processes to test design approaches

2.3 Evaluate, challenge and refine testing processes

2.4 Critique own work and seek feedback as required

2.5 Document outcomes of testing

2.6 Select final design approach based on outcomes of testing and input from others


3. Make spatial design models or maquettes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Scope work and determine requirements for object fabrication

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

3.3 Make models or maquettes consistent with design concepts and briefs

3.4 Respond to feedback and refine work as required

3.5 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

Welcome to EVENT STYLING, a cluster of (SIRXMGT004) GRAP6360C Research and apply techniques in spatial design and (CUADES403) BUSM8838C Plan and manage retail projects

Both courses will be delivered and assessed together with a result of Competent/Not Yet Competent.

Learning activities may include:- 

  • Practical Workshops - activities and projects.
  • Practical installations 
  • Reports - Observational and Analysis.
  • Case Studies.
  • Group discussions.
  • Site visits and guest speakers.
  • Peer feedback and learning.
  • Individual and team activities.

Teaching Schedule

While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.  




Intro and Orientation. Event Examples and  resources. 

Overview Assessment tasks


Review Planning processes


Present Draft Plans


Review Assessment 1 : Event preparation and planning

Discussion: Project Planning


Design Meeting & Discussion:

Review Project Planning Tools


Activity : Project mapping A - Z



Activity : Refine Project planning


Assessment 1 DUE

Individual Student presentations of Event planning and Preparation.


Introduce Assessment 2  Plan & Design a Retail Event.

Discussion : Approaches to Spatial Design for Events


Tools for Modelmaking


Design Meeting & Spatial Design Discussion:

Activity : Student Concept Pin Ups and class feedback


Design refinement


Design Meeting

Activity : Approaches to Modelmaking.


Design Meeting & Review Project progress

Activity : Modelmaking


Completion of Models and Project Presentations


Assessment 2 DUE : Complete Models & Presentations 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are no compulsory prescribed texts in this course.
You are advised to look at the Canvas Learning Hub at myRMIT site for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year.

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through: Library liason

Visual Merchandising Subject Guide

The Learning Lab

The Study Support Hub

English for uni workshops

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 include practical class tasks and projects.


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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a range of practical and theory components. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.
Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:
CA: Competency Achieved NYC: Not Yet Competent DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment   This course has 2 assessment tasks. You will receive feedback and a Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory result. Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.

ASSESSMENT 1 : Create Event Plan Due Week 8

ASSESSMENT 2 : Create Event Scale Model Due Week 16
Choose one (1) option

  • Option 1 : Pop Up Retail event
  • Option 2 : Spring Racing corporate marquee
  • Option 3 : Fashion launch and runway
Foundation skills are embedded in the course and these include planning, organising and self-management. All assessment tasks must be submitted electronically to the Event Styling canvas shell on the due date. On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Files must be saved as a PDF and clearly labelled. e.g. SMITH_Saskia_S1_20_EVENTS_AT01 (Student Name_Semester_Year_Course_Assessment Task)

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information


Your learning experience involves lectures, active peer discussions, inclass activities and site visits.  It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Information about your Studies

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (e.g. applying for an extension of time):

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.


Credit Transfers and Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification). 
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through life experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit of competency addressed in this course.



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