Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: ARCH5217C

Course Title: Assess interior light and recommend light fittings

School: 320T Architecture & 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

Accelerated Program Co-ordinator - Michele Meister

Lindsey Glover
(ph) 9925 4435 or reception (ph) 9925 4818

Nominal Hours: 36

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 of competency covers assessing natural and artificial light sources of an interior space and making recommendations for light fittings as part of an integrated decorative 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:

MSFID4008 Assess interior light and recommend light fittings


1. Interpret lighting requirements from project brief

Performance Criteria:

1.1      Applicable  work health and safety (WHS), legislative  and organisational  requirements  relevant  to researching and recommending light  fittings  are verified  and complied  with

1.2      Project brief is reviewed and clarified with client to determine    lighting requirements


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


Available  budget for lighting is verified



2. Assess natural light sources

Performance Criteria:


Site analysis  is conducted to assess the natural light  and ultraviolet  (UV) penetration


Project brief and building plans are acquired to assess aspect and orientation


Window treatments  and placement  are examined  to analyse their efficiency in controlling light


Selection of colours for walls, ceilings, furnishings and wall hangings are reviewed in their effect on raising or lowering the effect of light  into the space


Characteristics  of natural light  are researched and reported in accordance with the project brief goals


Methods of light  control and light  control devices are assessed for their affect on natural light


3. Assess artificial light sources

Performance Criteria:


Artificial  light  sources and their properties are assessed for adequacy in achieving desired lighting effects


Environmental impact of artificial lighting devices are researched and assessed and current technologies  identified


Location of artificial lights  are identified  and required changes to location to meet desired effects are determined


Affect of artificial lighting on the colour spectrum is analysed


Technical terms associated with artificial lighting are used to communicate  lighting requirements


Special effects that can be achieved using artificial  lighting are identified


Industry standards and requirements  for artificial lighting are researched and identified


4. Select light fittings

Performance Criteria:


Research is conducted to determine  cost and energy efficient  light  fittings  to meet the requirements  of an integrated  decoration solution


Required locations of light  fittings  are identified


Light  fittings  are selected and specifications  documented


Electricity board is assessed to determine  potential complications  with selected light  fittings


Electrician is consulted to confirm costing and installation requirements  to implement  lighting schedule


5. Draw and present lighting layouts for an interior space

Performance Criteria:


Selection  of light  fittings  are related to layout, including furniture,  ceiling forms and natural light


Formats for schedules of light  fittings  are researched


Lighting schedule is completed


Costing are determined  and documented


Lighting  layout is presented to client

Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret work orders and locate and apply relevant information
  • Apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment
  • Identify materials used in the work process
  • Follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection processes to:
  • Minimise the risk of injury to self or others
  • Prevent damage to goods, equipment and products
  • Maintain required production output and product quality
  • Assess light for it environmental impact and ability to meet decorative requirements, and provide the client with cost-effective and efficient lighting solutions
  • Apply design elements and principles in recommending light fittings and provide a documented lighting layout and schedule
  • Use mathematical ideas and techniques to correctly complete measurements, calculate area/volume and estimate material requirements
  • Communicate ideas and information to enable confirmation of work requirements and specifications, presentation of design/colour concepts, the reporting of work outcomes and problems
  • Initiate new ideas and work techniques
  • Avoid backtracking, work flow interruptions or wastage
  • Work with others and in a team by recognising dependencies and using cooperative approaches to optimise work flow and productivity

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in a studio/classroom and on-line, using industry standard tools and resources.
You will be required to undertake independent study.

  In-class activities will include:

  • Lectures and project based work
  • group discussion
  • Teacher directed activities/project 
  • Practical demonstration with guest lecturer

   Out-of-class activities will include:

  • Online investigation
  • Independent project based work
  • Gallery & exhibition visits   
  • Industry related excursion

    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.

Teaching Schedule


 Weekly Activity Colour
 On-line google community


 Weekly Activity Lighting


 Introduction to Colour & Lighting  courses
 Procedure & processes
 Tasks & activities
 Colour TASK 1 due WEEK 17
 Colour & Light Task 2 due WEEK 17
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.2 3.2
 Introduction to Colour & Lighting courses
 Procedure & processes
 Tasks & activities
 Lighting TASK 1 due WEEK 9
 Colour & Light Task 2 due WEEK 17
1.2 to 1.4

 ON-LINE google community
 Video 1 - how we see
 Colour of self
 Colour of words


 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Assessing daylight conditions
 2.1 to 2.6
     3  ON-LINE google community
 Video 2 - what makes colour
 Colour of others
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Electrical light uses

 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5

     4  ON-LINE google community
 Video 3 - colour psychology
 Historical Colour
 Progressive assessment & feedback
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Lighting scenarios
 Progressive assessment & feedback of blog posts so  far
 COLOUR - TASK 1 google community
 LIGHTING - TASK 1 process journal
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
     5  ON-LINE google community
  Future Colour 
 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Lighting products
 4.1 to 4.5

 ON-LINE google community


 2 .1 to 2.4
 3.1 3.2
 Government legislation & OH&S
 Inspiration & the future
 1.1 to 1.5
 4.1 to 4.5


      WEEK 4 - Colour & Lighting
      Progressive assessment &
      feedback of so far :
      COLOUR - google posts
      LIGHTING - process journal

      WEEK 9 - Lighting
      Hand-in TASK 1 - Lighting process                                  journal PDF or powerpoint 

      WEEK 17 - Colour & Lighting
      Colour - hand-in TASK 1 Colour
      process journal
      Colour & Lighting combined TASK 2
      major project



 3.1 to 3.3
 4.1 to 4.4
 Start Colour & Lighting classroom tutorials
 Introduction to TASK 2 colour & lighting major project 
 revision of on-line work & equipment
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
     8 1.4 2.2
 3 .2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Grey scale & tints pastels tones & shades
     9  1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Colour proportion - general rule &  reverse
 Hand-in TASK 1 Lighting process  journal PDF or power point
     10  1.4 2.2
 3.2 3.4 3.8
 4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
 Colour - colours of art work
 Lighting - reflected ceiling plan
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
     11 1.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
Colour - approach to decoration 1
Lighting - schedule
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
     12 1.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
Colour - approach to decoration 2
Spatial colour 1
     13  1.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
 Explore & develop major project
 Colour - approach to decoration 3
 Spatial colour 2

  Guest lecture or site visit


     15    Colour & lighting revision of Task 1 & 2 ready for
 Action feedback in readiness for hand-in
 1.1 to 1.5
 2.1 to 2.6
 3.1 to 3.7
 4.1 to 4.5
 5.1 to 5.6
     16  1.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
Colour & lighting revision of Task 1 & 2 ready for
Action feedback in readiness for hand-in
 1.1 to 1.5
2.1 to 2.6
3.1 to 3.7
4.1 to 4.5
5.1 to 5.6
     17 Studio  1.4 2.2
3.2 3.4 3.8
4.1 to 4.3
Colour & lighting revision of Task 1 & 2 ready for
Action feedback in readiness for hand-in
     18  Hand-in TASK 1 & 2  - Colour process journal & major project   

 Present major project
Hand-in TASKS 1 Colour & TASK 2 Colour & Lighting

ARCH 5217C Assess interior light and recommend light fittings is clustered & delivered with ARCH 5206C Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces 

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material outlined in the Weekly Outline, the weekly order is subject to
change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

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

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Lecture and class notes, refer to Blackboard link located in MyRMIT in the relevant folder
Relevant industry websites and organisations

Reference mode of delivery for this course is a blended approach

Library resources
AV presentations

You are advised to look at the course on the myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.
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 to library resources.

Overview of Assessment

In this course you will learn through a variety of methods which will include lectures, presentations, guest speakers, online research and learning, site visits to industry related showrooms,                                                                                          teacher directed activities, group projects and self directed learning.

You will also be required to demonstrate your learning through projects or tasks, presentations, collaboration with team members to produce suitable outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

ARCH 5217C Assess interior light and recommend light fittings is clustered & delivered with ARCH 5206C Research, analyse and apply colour for interior spaces  

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:
- Practical tasks & a major project
- direct observation & investigation
- completion of a process journal including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of process journal
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 - Lighting Process Journal
Exploration of the main elements of the Lighting training package as a PDF or powerpoint 

Task 2 - Major Project - Client Presentation Documentation
Application of lighting concepts & theories experienced through the journal exercises to an interior scenario

You are advised to look at the course on myRMIT site for ongoing updated information.

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.

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.

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Cover Sheet for Submissions
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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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