Course Title: Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: ARCH5208C

Course Title: Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site

School: 320T Architecture & Urban 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 Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Hoda Afra: 

Daniel Martin:


Maddie Granata


Nominal Hours: 108

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 knowledge and skills required to develop a complete proposal for a complex site that satisfies the requirements of a client brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID5002 Develop a decoration proposal for a complex site


Analyse the project brief

Performance Criteria:


Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to designing for complex sites are verified and complied with


Project brief is reviewed, confirmed and clarified with client


Key requirements for the project are assessed and confirmed and constraints determined


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


Communication with others involved in the project is established and maintained


Relevant research is conducted to gain all information which may be used to inform the decoration process


All required information is accessed and analysed to inform the decoration process


Conduct project research

Performance Criteria:


Site analysis is conducted to assess the requirements and environmental aspects of the spaces requiring work


Intended function of the spaces are ascertained from the client


Contextual information relating to the brief is researched and evaluated


Functional and planning issues are determined specific to the site and client requirements


Research material is organised and presented in the form of a decoration proposal


Project is planned to make effective use of time and available resources


Generate decorative themes and concepts

Performance Criteria:



Multiple ideas and concepts are generated in a creative and diverse manner that is sympathetic to the project brief


Ideas are translated into 2-D and 3-D space resolution using a range of techniques and media


Themes and concepts are presented to the client using support documentation, sketches, mood boards, and concept boards


Viability of concepts are assessed in conjunction with others


Client feedback is obtained and ideas revised and refined accordingly


Present a fully resolved scheme and evaluate client response

Performance Criteria:


Final decoration solution is presented to the client in a professional manner using a range of digital media


Client feedback is sought, amendments are agreed to and recorded, and ideas are revised and refined without losing design integrity


Own performance in the design process is examined to identify strengths and weaknesses


Areas for improvement are identified


Select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting and object d'art

Performance Criteria:


Internal elements and wall and floor finishes are selected and specified according to brief parameters


Materials board and schedules are developed


Lighting effects are designed and detailed


Furniture, accessories and art objects are selected, specified and costed using established workplace system


Furnishings and window treatments are selected to enhance the design scheme within the constraints of the brief and budget


Rendered 2-D and 3-D drawing of the scheme are prepared to represent the desired effect

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required to specify the furniture, fixtures, fittings and artworks for a complex site which may include a high end residential or commercial site with multiple themes and usage areas.

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

In class activities may include:

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• practical demonstrations
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• lectures
• design activities or projects
• online activiities
• group projects
• peer learning
• guest lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• workshops
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• site visits (observations)
• studio practice
• tutorials
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

This course is taught and assessed with ARCH 5207c Evaluate Site for Design

Teaching Schedule

A detailed weekly Schedule is available on Canvas.

Please note: While your teacher will coverall the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to changer depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources. 









Tuesday  2A + 2B

Lecture  Room  TBC

Studio Prac. 1 
(Handouts-Project Brief, Client Brief, AT1, Gallery Tour)

Mandatory review of course outline

Project brief analysis, brainstorming and discussion to confirm details of project and assessment requirements.

Typologies –site surrounds

Formulating Design Brief AT1 Group Formulation – allocated by teachers

Distribution of Materials for the year and photographing of students for class photo lists

1 Hr lecture on the brief  to AD & Dip students

guest speakers



Thursday 08.02.18        2A + 2B

1.30- 4.30PM                 Room  TBC

Eussen project

Studio Prac. 1

Client Introduction
Locality Review

Groups to be arranged with students on

Attend all other scheduled Orientation Week 1 activities as per separate timetable distributed by email and in Session 1.



Monday 12.2.18 


Teachers to photograph students & upload onto Google Drive

Review of Task 1

AT1 group work & teacher review

AT1 group work

cad files issued to students

Research time in groups

Students - compulsory to attend lecture with building surveyor


Thursday  15.2.18 

AT1 – Research Presentation

Each group to present their findings to teacher and class using a digital presentation method

Introduce AT2 – Preliminary Concept Presentation

Class – Concept Generation

Class: Doc & Pres Techniques

AT2 Work on concept, material selection, planning, design drawings

Develop preliminary concept design

building surveyor talk to be determined Ben & Daniel to confirm



AT1 Presentation



Monday 19.2.18 

Class – The Site - technical,  structural, ergonomic requirements and limitations

Generate design concepts in preparation for Preliminary Concept Presentation. finalise the Conceptual planning

Complete all drawings and digital presentation for AT2 submission




Thursday  22.2.18 

Class: methods of presentation for Final Concept discussed and demonstrated


Select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting & graphics.








Monday 26.2.18 

AT1 – Preliminary Concept Presentation

Individual students to present initial concept ideas to teacher as per Assessment Brief

Introduce AT2 – Final Concept Presentation.

Apply material selection to design concept.

Collect / order / purchase materials samples – flooring, paint, fabrics etc

AT1 Presentation


Thursday  01.3.18 

Class – The Project - technical,  structural, ergonomic requirements and limitations

Class – NCC, BCA, Australian Standards

Class: FF&E - Economic Ecofriendly Sustainable solutions

Select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting & graphics.



Class – Documentation Support Class

Prepare documentation package




Monday 05.3.18 

Labour Day Holiday

Select and specify internal finishes, furniture, furnishings, lighting & graphics.



Thursday  08.3.18 

Class – Documentation, drafting, layout & notes

Class: FF&E & Finishes Schedules

Draft Schedules

Prepare documentation package



Class – Documentation Support Class

Prepare documentation package




Monday 12.3.18 

Class – Acoustics

Class – RCP: Lighting, Mechanical, Electrical

Finalise FF&E selections and schedules

Organize what is needed to Prepare documentation package- have checklist 



Thursday  15.3.18 

Class: methods of presentation for Final Concept demonstrated and discussed (Layout, graphics, typography)

Working drawings for Structural Elements - students to bring draft drawings to class for review

Finalise rendered 2D & 3D drawings of scheme for client presentation




Class – Documentation Support Class

Prepare documentation package



Monday 19.3.18 

Class: Design Statements

Prepare a fully resolved design scheme for Final Design Presentation

Prepare documentation package

Prepare Materials selection for final presentation



Thursday  22.3.18 

Pre Assessment Review – students to bring draft submission to class for review (this is the final opportunity for teacher feedback prior to final presentation)

Finalise design presentation including A3 package, materials presentation and schedules in professional manner using a range of digital media.



Class – Documentation Support Class

Prepare documentation package






Monday 26.3.18 

Final design Concept prepared and discussed with teacher in class

Finalise design presentation including A3 package, materials presentation and schedules in professional manner using a range of digital media.



Thursday  29.3.18 

AT2 - Final Concept Presentation

Final design Concept is presented to teacher and class in an oral presentation supported by digital resources.

A3 Documentation package to be submitted as per Brief

Teacher marking, moderation and selection of top 9 projects





AT2 Presentation



Class – Documentation Support Class

Prepare documentation package


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

For Site Visits you will require the following equipment :

Camera & Video

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively interior design for at least two complex sites to provide the client with creative solutions that satisfy the design brief
• Effectively apply design elements and principles in designing for complex sites
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for designing for complex sites
• Communicate effectively and work safely with others in the work area

Assessment Tasks

You will undertake one major project which includes several key components to demonstrate your competence in a range of areas.

This major project is to detail a proposal for a commercial  well being center & be part of a national design competition.

Assessment tasks are linked to the subjects ARCH 5207C Evaluate Site for Interior Design Brief and ARCH 5208C Develop a Decoration Proposal

Assessment Tasks include the following :


Task 1 : AT1 Preliminary Concept Presentation
Present preliminary Concept ideas to teacher including sketches, plan/elevations/sections.  Submission Due : Week 4, Session 2

Task 3 : AT3 Final Concept Presentation
Present final Concept in multi media presentation including 2D and 3D methods of communication.  Submit working drawings and schedules.  Submission Due : Week 8, Session 2

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:
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Student Progress
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Cover Sheet for Submissions - REQUIREMENT TO BE CONFIRMED 
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.
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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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Further links - Application for extension of time

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