Course Title: Design residential interior lighting

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: ARCH5237C

Course Title: Design residential interior lighting

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5396 - Diploma of Interior Design

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4759

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Michelle Carroll


Nominal Hours: 40

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

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with MSFID4021 Design Soft Furnishing solutions for interior spaces and MSFID4016 Design Colour schemes for Interior and exterior spaces

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess natural light and determine supplementary lighting requirements in an existing residential interior space and design lighting for that space.

This unit applies to interior decorators and designers. They analyse and compare information from diverse sources to inform a design solution.

Licensing, legislative or certification requirements may apply to this unit and relevant state/territory and local government agencies should be consulted to determine any necessary certification or licensing for undertaking interior decoration and design work. Access to construction sites requires certification of general induction training specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4013 Design residential interior lighting


1. Interpret lighting requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate project specifications, parameters and constraints, and confirm with client

1.2 Determine intended space functions and associated activities and desired effects

1.3 Select work resources based on the needs of the project

1.4 Identify key project stakeholders and establish required communication protocols


2. Assess existing orientation and natural light

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine natural light and ultraviolet (UV) penetration from site analysis

2.2 Determine aspect and orientation from project brief and building plans

2.3 Examine window treatments and placement for their efficiency in controlling light

2.4 Review selection of colours for walls, ceilings, furnishings and wall hangings for their effect on raising or lowering the effect of light into the space

2.5 Assess methods of site light control and light control devices for their effect on natural light.


3. Determine supplementary lighting requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and assess supplementary lighting sources and their potential to achieve the desired lighting effects

3.2 Research and assess the ongoing maintenance and environmental impact of potential supplementary lighting

3.3 Identify actual and potential location for supplementary lighting and determine required changes to achieve desired outcomes

3.4 Analyse effect of supplementary lighting on the existing or proposed colour spectrum


4. Generate lighting concepts

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use creative methodologies to generate lighting concepts and themes

4.2 Assess concepts against the project brief to select most viable solution

4.3 Present concept to client using support documentation suited to the scope of the project

4.4 Discuss ideas with client and modify concept according to feedback

4.5 Select lighting options that meet industry standards and accurately document specifications


5. Revise and refine solution

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Revise and refine lighting concepts through a process of reflection and testing

5.2 Examine environmental aspects of lighting solution and identify and integrate options for improved sustainability 

5.3 Research and select appropriate lighting options that meet industry standards

5.4 Select the final lighting design that best meets the requirements of the brief


6. Present lighting solution

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Document lighting solution using industry symbols and conventions for all fittings and components

6.2 Relate selection of light fittings to layout, including furniture, ceiling forms and natural light

6.3 Develop and document comprehensive schedule for lighting design

6.4 Present lighting solution and clearly explain key features and benefits

6.5 Analyse client feedback and response to determine success in achieving client satisfaction

6.6 Evaluate work through feedback and own reflection, and identify potential improvements for use in future projects

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 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.The delivery mode will be face to face. 

In class the activities will include:

Design activities or projects

Class presentations

Group discussions

Online research

Independent project based work

Site visits (observations)

Studio Practice


Out of class activities may include:

Online research

Independent project based work

Teacher directed activities / projects

Site visits

Online activities

Teaching Schedule


Week Session activity Homework Learning Elements Due

1 LECTURE - Introduction to Lighting 2 Hours of Self Directed Learning

2 LECTURE – Assessing daylight conditions and lighting requirements 2 Hours of Self Directed Learning 1.2, 2.1-2.5, 3.1, 5.2, 6.2

3 LECTURE – Ambient, Mood and Task Lighting 2 Hours of Self Directed Learning 5.3

4 LECTURE – Lighting products – Lamp types 2 Hours of Self Directed Learning 4.5, 5.3, 6.2

5 LECTURE – Lighting products – Light fixtures for wall, ceiling, floor, pendant, moveable etc 2 Hours of Self Directed Learning 4.5, 5.3, 6.2

6 LECTURE – Switches, circuits, safety switches 2 Hours of Self Directed Learning 5.3, 6.2

7 LECTURE – Chromacity, colour temperature, colour rendering index (CRI) 2 Hours of Self Directed Learning 3.4, 6.2

8 LECTURE – The lighting design process 2 Hours of Self Directed Learning 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1-4.4, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1-6.6

9 LECTURE – Reflected Ceiling Plans, symbols and schedules, BCA requirements 2 Hours of Self Directed Learning 3.3, 4.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4


10 LECTURE – The Future of Lighting 2 Hours of Self Directed Learning 6.6 Task 1 – Practical Assessment 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Library support

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 (

Study and Learning support

Would you like to get better at studying, writing, or researching for your assignments? The Library has everything you need to develop your academic skills, improve your marks and save time;


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 and will include tasks and projects.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

AT1 Knowledge Quiz Due Week 15

AT2 Final Presentation Due Week 16

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

Assessment / Late Submission

All assessment information for this course can be found on the course’s Canvas shell, in conjunction with assessment information communicated in class by the teacher.



This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment;


CA: Competency achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

SEC: Stopped engagement in course

WDR: Withdrawn from course


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 ELS 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 assessable work; 


Adjustments to assessment;


Special consideration;


Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA);



If your work is incomplete, you are strongly encouraged to submit your work on the due date, in order to meet the submission requirements. Should it be below competency you may be asked to resubmit within 5 working days.




Other Information

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 of time for your assessable work.

Please see following access for the details on applying for extension of time to assessments;

Special consideration;


Application for extension of time;


Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA);



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.



Use Canvas to access your course content and announcements, submit assignments, and receive your grades and feedback;



Student feedback at RMIT:

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.

The following link is an outline and ways that you will receive your feedback at RMIT;


Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Please see following access to 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.

Please see following access to the Cover sheet for submission of works;


Here is a guide to submitting assessments on Canvas;


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Please see following access for more information on Academic Integrity at RMIT;


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