Course Title: Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: BUSM8868C

Course Title: Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5396 - Diploma of Interior Design

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4759

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ben Eddie


Nominal Hours: 25

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

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with MSFID4016 Research and recommend hard materials and finishes for interiors and MSFKB4015 Research and recommend materials, components and finishes for Kitchen design.

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research and use information that supports ethical and compliant work practice or product specification in the relevant industry. It includes the requirement to be able to maintain currency of knowledge.

This unit applies to any individual whose work involves taking responsibility for determining and following the compliance regimes and ethical frameworks that apply to an area of work. This may include work in design, manufacture and service and/or product provision.

No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must be applied.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFGN4001 Research and meet ethical and compliance requirements


1. Research information

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify credible sources of compliance and ethical practice information

1.2 Evaluate areas of work and determine scope of requirements

1.3 Access and interpret information relevant to the specific area of work

1.4 Identify risks, penalties and consequences of non-compliance and unethical approaches

1.5 Organise and store gathered information in a format that allows for ongoing use


2. Use information in work practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recognise work situations where ethical and compliance requirements must be considered

2.2 Apply and adapt specific and relevant information to the work situation and maintain accurate work records

2.3 Communicate and promote ethical and compliance considerations to clients and colleagues based on the work situation

2.4 Recognise actual or potential non-compliance or unethical practice and use effective problem-solving to develop response

2.5 Recognise situations requiring specialist expert advice and assess and obtain credible sources of assistance


3. Maintain currency of knowledge

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and use opportunities to maintain knowledge of current compliance requirements and ethical frameworks

3.2 Share updated knowledge with colleagues and clients and support improved practice through discussion

3.3 Identify situations where work practices could be improved to meet compliance and ethical responsibilities

3.4 Support improved practice through proactive engagement in review and adjustment of processes and protocols

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place online 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 online.

The activities will include:

Online research

Independent project based work

Teacher directed activities / projects

Site visits

Online activities

Teaching Schedule


Online Class & Course Content


Course & Task Work

Task Submissions


Online Session 1:

  • Course introduction & familiarization with content & tasks
  • Australian Consumer Law
  • contract law
  • law of torts
  • import/export regulations
  • copyright
  • intellectual property


Read through & Commence Task 1 & Task 2. Prepare any task clarification questions for discussion board.

Commence Task 1 & Task 2


Online Session 2:

  • National Construction Code
  • sustainability
  • identify workplace health and safety (WHS) legislative requirements
  • apply safe design and good work design principles
  • describe how to conduct safety audits
  • identify business licensing requirements
  • identify relevant business insurances


Continue with Task 1 & Task 2. & seek clarification in online session.





Online Session 3:

  • identify potential ethical issues relevant to working in interior design and decoration
  • describe the relationship between compliance and ethics
  • develop or revise workplace policies and procedures.
  • organise and store workplace information
  • share information about legal requirements with clients, peers and colleagues
  • take steps to keep up to date with changes in legislative requirements
  • determine when to seek specialist advice on ethics and legislation

Read through & Commence Task 2. Prepare any task clarification questions for discussion board.





Final Online Session 4:

  • apply problem-solving steps to respond to legal and ethical breaches
  • resolve identified issues
  • review work practices to identify potential improvements
  • develop improvement plans.


Continue with Task 1 & Task 2. & seek clarification in online session.

Submit Task 1 & task 2 online to CANVAS


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Library support

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 (

Study and Learning support

Would you like to get better at studying, writing, or researching for your assignments? The Library has everything you need to develop your academic skills, improve your marks and save time;


Overview of Assessment

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 tasks and projects.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

AT1 Client Contract

AT2 Project, Portfolio / Report Assessment

AT2 White Brick Code of Conduct Review

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

Assessment / Late Submission

All assessment information for this course can be found on the course’s Canvas shell, in conjunction with assessment information communicated in class by the teacher.



This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment;


CA: Competency achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

SEC: Stopped engagement in course

WDR: Withdrawn from course


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 ELS 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 assessable work; 


Adjustments to assessment;


Special consideration;


Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA);



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.





Other Information

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 of time for your assessable work.

Please see following access for the details on applying for extension of time to assessments;

Special consideration;


Application for extension of time;


Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA);



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.



Use Canvas to access your course content and announcements, submit assignments, and receive your grades and feedback;



Student feedback at RMIT:

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.

The following link is an outline and ways that you will receive your feedback at RMIT;


Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Please see following access to 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.

Please see following access to the Cover sheet for submission of works;


Here is a guide to submitting assessments on Canvas;


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Please see following access for more information on Academic Integrity at RMIT;


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