Course Title: Evaluate and participate in design industry networks

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: EMPL7063C

Course Title: Evaluate and participate in design industry networks

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5333 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lara Johnston

Nancy Everingham


Nominal Hours: 72

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 evaluating and participating in design industry networks to learn from others and develop networks which may assist with the progressing of own initiatives.
No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFFDT5013 Evaluate and participate in design industry networks


Evaluate networks

Performance Criteria:


Applicable work health and safety (WHS), legislative and organisational requirements relevant to evaluating and participating in design industry networks are verified and complied with


Networking opportunities are assessed and scheduled for attendance


Networking opportunities are prioritised in order of benefit and importance


Peak bodies or associations and links to international agencies are assessed for networking opportunities



Participate in networks

Performance Criteria:


Chosen networks are identified and joined


Communication with others is established and maintained in accordance with WHS requirements


Chosen networks are attended


Design shows are attended and networking opportunities instigated


Business opportunities with others in networks are pursued


Shared business interests or ideas are sought and followed up on


International networking opportunities are pursued


Networks are followed up with and regularly attended


Learning Outcomes

Refer to the elements and this unit.
This unit requires established knowledge & skills from specialised design units in your foundation year of study.

Details of Learning Activities

This course includes a work integrated learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

This course offers you the option to undertake a Study Tour to Paris with set WIL activities to be completed and assessed against a specific task.
Due to limited places parallel WIL activities and assessment will be offered to onshore students eg. networking events through local industry organisations.

Learning activities will take place in a Lecture theatre 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 will include:
• Lectures
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• practical demonstrations
• Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• guest lecture/presentation
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• research
• independent project based work
• group activities/projects
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities will include :

attendance at industry networking events - local, interstate and international

Teaching Schedule

Week Lecture/Workshop Due Dates
 1 Overview of course content and assessment procedures.
Evaluation of Interior Design & Decoration Industry Networks & Mentors
 2 Design the life you love workshop.  Personal values, goals and intention setting. Developing a P.D. Diary  

The Design Institute of Australia – peak body for Interior Design & Decoration. Guest speaker.

 4 Preparing for the workforce - CV writing and establishing connections with Industry. Portfolio preparation - digital and hard copy. Guest Speaker. AT1
 5 Further education – the options and pathways. Guest speaker.  
 6 Developing a Portfolio of work – techniques and methods  
 7 Social Media and professional life, pros & cons, case studies. Guest speaker  
 8 Entrepreneurship in the creative industries – Case Study  
 9 Developing business opportunities in the industry. How do the professionals do it? Guest speaker.  
 10 Preparation for networking activities – Study Tour or Industry Workshop  
 11 Study Tour to New York for selected students
Portfolio Review Session 1
 12 Portfolio Review Session 2  
 13 Portfolio Review Session 3 AT1
 14 Portfolio Review Session 4

 15 Report of Paris, France Tour by students.  Preparation for industry network event - Graduate Exhibition 2017


 16 Final preparation for industry network event - Graduate Exhibition 2017.  Review & submission AT1

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Birsel, Ayse, Design the Life you Love, 2015, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley


Pile, John, Interior Design, 4th ed., Pearson Education Inc., 2007


Branson, G. & McKay, C., The Business of Design, 2013, Design Business Council, Australia


Other Resources

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

You will require access to a computer and the internet to complete this course successfully.
Computers can be accessed at any of the RMIT libraries on campus.

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

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

Assessment Tasks
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks. 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.

Assessment Task 1- Professional Development Portfolio
You will develop a Professional Development Portfolio that includes the following :
- Diary of Network events
- Report of attendance at minimum of 3 Network events identified in Part A
- Development of ePortfolio including CV/Resume and Business Cards
Due Date : Week 4, Week 12, Week 16

Assessment Task 2 - Mentor Project
Part A - for students accepted to the RMIT/DIA Mentor Program, produce a detailed Mentor Report including log book of visits
Part B - for students not participating in RMIT/DIA Mentor Program, produce a Case Study of an Interior Designer/Decorator (min. 500 words with images and links)
Due Date : A & B - Week 15

Assessment Task 3 - Connect with Industry
Part A - for students participating in the Study Tour to Paris, France, produce a detailed Journal including industry connections, events and copy of project developed with FIT collaboration.
Part B - for students not participating in Study Tour, attend Portfolio Review Session and document in a written Report. 
Due Date : A & B - Week 15


Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which
also use graded 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

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

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
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.
Pick the following link to access 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.
Pick the following link for Cover sheet for submission of works

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
Further links - Application for extension of time

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Pick the following link for more information Academic Integrity

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