Course Title: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: ARCH5168C

Course Title: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4251 - Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jenni Woods -

Lindsey Glover -

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


Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend soft furnishings for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID4005A Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors


1.  Assess soft furnishing requirements for the project

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Applicable OHS , legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending soft furnishings are verified and complied with

1.2 Project brief is reviewed to determine desired effects for interior space

1.3 Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed

1.4 Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness

1.5 Communication with others is established and maintained


2.  Research materials for soft furnishings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Aesthetic , visual characteristics and colour requirements of the soft furnishings are assessed

2.2 Intended applications for the soft furnishings are analysed and reviewed

2.3 New soft furnishing and material technologies are researched and assessed against the project brief

2.4 Tactile requirements of the soft furnishings in relation to the design are researched

2.5 Properties of the materials used in the production of soft furnishings are analysed and evaluated

2.6 Manufacturing processes and available expertise for the materials
are assessed

2.7 Costs and availability of materials are assessed and compared

2.8 Environmental impact and benefits of materials are assessed

2.9 Durability, restorability and maintenance care quality of materials are researched and requirements for residential and industrial applications examined


3.  Research and recommend decorative treatments for windows and openings

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Range of window treatments , their application and fixing technologies are researched

3.2 New technologies in window treatments are researched and relevance for decorative project identified

3.3 The features, limitations and environmental impact of window treatments are identified

3.4 The types of openings and their requirements are identified and a range of possible creative solutions determined

3.5 Window or opening is measured and details recorded accurately for a range of window treatments

3.6 Fabric requirements are calculated, and manufacturing requirements determined for a range of window treatments taking into consideration pattern repeats

3.7 Window treatment is selected and specified to meet client requirements and minimise environmental impact

3.8 Fixing technology is specified appropriate to selected window treatment

3.9 Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget


4.  Research and recommend soft floor coverings

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Range of floor coverings , their application and installation requirements are researched

4.2 The features, limitations and environmental impact of floor coverings are identified

4.3 Floor area is measured and details recorded accurately for flooring solution

4.4 Flooring solution is selected and details specified to meet client requirements

4.5 Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent research and recommendation of soft furnishings which include curtains and window fittings, carpets, rugs and textiles used in upholstery, cushions and trimmings, in order to achieve integrated decoration and design solutions to meet a project brief.

Details of Learning Activities

In Class Activities will include:
Trade fairs
Group discussion
Teacher directed group activities/projects
Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
Workshopping of student projects
Analysis/critique of relevant reading material
Out of class activities will include:
Online research
Independent project based work
Gallery/Exhibition visits
Industry related excursions
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

week numbersession contentTask’s dueElememnts
week1Fibres & Weaves video 
Major Project - Child’s bedroom
Task 1 Style & Fabric File hand-in 
Child’s bedroom due wk16 (see below) 
Task 1 Style & Fabric File hand-in  
week 2Fibres & Weaves - simple & complex weaves  1.1-1.5,2.1-2.9
week 3Fibres & weaves - natural & synthetic  1.1-1.5,2.1-2.9 
week4 Windows & treatments - types & styles
Curtain headings/project furniture
week 5Curtain hardware 1.1-1.5,2.1-2.9,
week 6Curtain Calculations
Loose Concept Presentation
Loose Concept presentation wk6
week 7Blind Calculations 
review of project final fabric selection  
week 8Catalogues - progressive assessment of visual diaryTask 3 - Visual Diary final assess wk121.1-1.5,2.1-2.9,
week 9Revise - curtain & blind calculations
Task 2 - Calculation test
Task 2 - Calculation test wk93.1-3.9
week 10Documentation - Upholstery
Task 3 - Visual Diary final assessment
 Documentation due wk16 (see below)
Task 3 - Visual Dairy final assess wk10
week 11Task 4 - on-line Quiz
Flooring - project wall art
Task 4 - On-line quiz wk113.1-3.9
week 12Revision of documentation
Start Prepare a Materials Board course wk 13
 TASK 1Formative assessment - Fabric (&Style) FileLinked with Decorate Residential Interiors course for 
 TASK 2Formative assessment - Calculation Test(Fabric (&Style) File & Documentation) 
 TASK 3Formative assessment - Visual Diary & Prepare a Materials Board course for 
 TASK 4Summative assessment - On-line Quiz(Oral Presentation & 3xA3 Boards)  
 feed back and review of work  

 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


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

BQ web site -
Zepel Fabrics site -
Please note: Many Fabric Houses will have a web site for you to view their latest fabric ranges.
Ann Justin: 1001 Window Treatments (Amazon)
Magazines: Vogue Living. Instyle, Wallpaper, Belle, Verander USA, Home Decor, Architectural
Review just to name a few......
Soft Furnishing course notes on Blackboard MYRMIT - Please note that you will be required to
print out all notes as required by your teacher.

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively research soft furnishings to assist with informing the decoration process and arrive at a solution which meets client requirements
• Effectively apply design elements and principles to the recommendation of soft furnishings to achieve a minimum of two integrated decorative solutions
• Correctly calculate quantities and costings required to achieve decorative solution
• Visually present decorative ideas
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for researching and recommending soft furnishings

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.Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills

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.
Task 1: Formative assessment - Style file/Fabric Swatch Book
We will continue to review and  investigative work you have commenced in semester 1 in Decorate Residential Interiors.
To explore Fibres & weaves in depth and to assist your understanding of fabrics for suitable application in the Interiors Industry.
Task 2: Formative assessment -  calculation Assessment for Window treatments
An in-class test on curtain & blind calculations & work room sheets

Task 3: Formative assessment -  "When we were Young" Child’s bedroom fit out - Visual Diary
You will be required to link this project to the investigative work you commenced in Decorate
Residential Interiors under different decorating styles.
Further to this you will be required to design, source and document all aspects of this project to
allow you to make a proposal to a client.
Task 3: Summative assessment - On-line assessment Quiz
There will be a on line quiz to validate your learning in this speciality area.
All tasks must be completed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.
Soft Furnishings for Interiors is a perquisite for Specify Furnishing Solutions or Industry experience.
You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome. At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.
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
Soft Furnishings for Interiors is grouped with Decorate residential Interiors, Prepare a material board, Drawing techniques
and in some cases Organise & communicate information.
This will allow us to assess your project work against several competencies
All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.

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

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

Soft Furnishings for Interiors is grouped with the following units Decorate residential Interiors, Prepare a material board, Drawing techniques and in some cases Organise & communicate information.

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
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. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1
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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration.
Cover Sheet for Submissions:
All students 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 refer to the following URL for further information regarding plagiarism. 

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 go to Academic Integrity :;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n


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