Course Title: Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: ARCH5216C

Course Title: Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors

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

Lecturer: Ben Eddie


Tutor support: John Perperis

Daniel Martin


Nominal Hours: 54

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 deals with the skills and knowledge required to research and document the materials, construction techniques and methods associated with the construction of residential buildings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID4007 Identify materials, construction techniques and methods used in building interiors


Develop and maintain relevant and current reference material

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Relevant Building Services Authority building licensing requirements applicable to interior decoration projects are complied with

4.2 Evidence of contact with industry suppliers to obtain information relevant to building components and equipment used in residential interiors is presented

4.3 An index to the portfolio to reflect industry topics and to allow easy access to the information is provided

4.4 Future additions of reference material are allowed for and details of the information, such as date, source, author and reference to any related information, are included

4.5 A strategy to ensure that the portfolio remains current and accurate is prepared


Establish structural components and materials used in residential buildings

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Residential building process is delineated into separate construction stages and expressed chronologically

1.2 Trades, construction techniques and materials associated with each stage are summarised

1.3 Individual component members are identified and sorted into structural or non-structural categories

1.4 Demolition methods for the removal of existing work can be identified


Interpret plans and specifications

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Specific components and materials on given building plans are located

2.2 Construction methods are explained from a given plan

2.3 Specific component details in a given building specification are located and identified

2.4 Bill of quantities and other relevant specification documents are interpreted

2.5 Prime cost items are located and extracted from a given set of documents


Specify the materials and methods involved in the refurbishment of wet areas

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Properties of materials used in wet area construction are evaluated

3.2 Installations of wet area cabinetry are specified

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is clustered with ARCH5215C Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors. You will complete research tasks that are relevant to current industry standards.

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 activities will include:
• design activities or projects
• group discussion
• 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 (observations)
• online activities

Teaching Schedule

This unit is clustered with ARCH5215C Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors. You will complete research tasks that are relevant to current industry standards.

Week 01 - Floor, Foundations & Floor Systems (lecture) Materials & fixings etc. Briefing of Assessment Task 1 

Week 02 - Internal Linings, Materials, methods of fixing used & Windows & Doors

Week 03 - Stairs (lecture) Materials, components & details. Glass & Glazing (lecture) Construction/installation details. Transition details

Week 04 - Kitchen & Bathrooms, Design  considerations, installation, junctions & fit off_as per rmit policy summative Task 1 draft

Week 05 - Joinery (lecture) Construction techniques & materials. Properties for wet area cabinets. Installation. _Briefing of Assessment Task 2 

Week 06 - Building Services: Electrical & Plumbing (lecture) Components & materials understanding & location in building plans – BCA & AS

Week 07 - Tutorial & review of assessment task

Week 08 - Tutorial & review of assessment task

Week 09 - Tutorial & review of assessment task

Week 10 - Tutorial & review of assessment task_Submission of Assessment Task 1

Week11 - Tutorial & review of assessment task _Briefing of Assessment Task 3

Week12 - Tutorial & review of assessment task

Week13 - Tutorial & review of assessment task

Week14 - Tutorial & review of assessment task

Week15 - Task Submission of Assessment Task 2 & 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be project based.

Assessment Tasks

AT-01 - Interior Materials & Construction Methods Report 

AT-02 - Interior Materials and Finishes Schedule & Digital Material & Finishes Board

AT-03 - Knowledge Base Quiz


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 DLU 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

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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), and for that resubmission, if deemed competent, you may only receive a


Late Submission

Submissions will only be accepted up to 3 working days after the due date and time, with appropriate

documentation ie a medical certificate. Apart from the exceptions listed above, submissions received

in this period can only receive a Pass (50%), if deemed competent.

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the learning management system (myRMIT).


Other Information

Attendance 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.

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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. Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration (;ID=g43abm17hc9w)  Further links - Application for extension of time (

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