Interior Architecture Functional Fundamentals - 2016

To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into a course from the provider. Read before you start
This page is for past year, View 2017 unit details.

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Model and Drawings (50%) , Case Study (30%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

This unit offers a foundation in local and international design history and theory to contextualise development in creative thinking and practice. It also identifies ergonomic and anthropometric design constraints. Associated professional standards which apply to the design of interior spaces. The human mind and body is examined in relation to the perception of interaction with interior space and the functional objects contained within. Representation of ideas through computer aided techniques will be introduced.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University unit you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your unit grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse historical and theoretical influences in relation to their political, social, cultural and artistic influence
  2. identify and apply relevant industry standards and regulations to the interior design process
  3. identify the relationship between occupant and object, human proportion and built scale and apply to a design outcome
  4. synthesise knowledge of ergonomics, design theory and material application into the design and detailed documentation of a functional object.
  • Assignment — Model and Drawings (50%)
  • Case Study (30%)
  • Research Project — Group research project (20%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Anthropometrics and Ergonomics Studio.
2Learning to measure.
3Standard sizes of elements.
4Introduction to Codes Standards.
5The way we design affects the way people interact.
6The age of the machine and what this meant for design
7Space Age and what this meant for design.
8Consumerism and throw-away culture.
9Details, Materials, Joints and Connection.
10Documentation and Communication.
11Taking a look at some of the major manufacturing houses.
12What have we learnt?

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • The Fundamentals of Interior Architecture

    By:Coles, John

    ISBN: 9781472524652


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Enquire online

    Need to ask a question that's best put down in words?
    Make an online enquiry.

    Enquire now

    Got a question?

    Get an answer from one of our friendly Student Advisors.