module specification

DN5010S - Interior Technologies and Production (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Interior Technologies and Production
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 150
114 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Practice Book (document)
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester City Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

The module will develop students’ understanding and confidence in approaching the production of interior spaces through strategic and detailed design processes.

The module focuses in detail, through a series of analytical and reflective precedents, on how different aspects of context and of material, construction, services and environmental design, interact in the context of large or complex interiors and buildings. The module will provide a progressively more detailed knowledge of aspects of the  interior from structure through to interior organisation,

The module introduces methods, terms and techniques that can be used to evaluate and describe the range of different relationships that appear under the heading of technology. In particular, the module investigates interiors that may involve multiple clients, for example, retail, hotels or public buildings. It examines how and why standards are developed as well as the remit for research and experiment.

The development and production of a range of drawn (manual and CAD) and written information is used to establish an understanding of professional standards in design communication and the individual’s scope to represent ideas and decisions precisely.

The development and production of a range of drawn (manual and CAD) and written information is used to establish an understanding of professional standards in design communication and the individual’s scope to represent ideas and decisions precisely.

Prior learning requirements

Co- requisites: this module is part of a study abroad programme not available to home students. Only to be taken together with DN5002S, DN5004S and CP5015S.
Pre-requisites: proof of APL equivalent to achievement of 120 credits at L4 plus portfolio application.


The module has three stages incorporating the following;

1. analysis of interior and architectural precedents to understand the effect of strategic factors, considerations and decisions on the design and organisation of interior spaces;
2. detailed understanding of a physical space or component;
3. implementation and application of this accumulated knowledge on a design project.

The module requires students to produce an individual, analytical and critical investigation of a design precedent. The project considers the designer’s role in producing a design in relation to contextual, technological and theoretical issues; the understanding of design development from client and concept through to strategic organisation and built space, and generally; the competing concerns informing the organisation and making of interior space. Through the production of drawings, diagrams and models, students will seek to extrapolate the diverse organisational factors around which decisions are made.

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Scheduled teaching ensures that independent study is effective and addresses the learning outcomes and assessment tasks. Students are expected to, and have the opportunity to, continue with their studies outside of scheduled classes. There will be a range of learning strategies deployed and individual learning styles will be accommodated. The module’s learning outcomes, its contents and delivery, have been scrutinised and will be regularly reviewed to ensure an inclusive approach to pedagogic practice.

The module and course utilise the University’s blended learning platform to support and reinforce learning, to foster peer-to-peer communication and to facilitate tutorial support for students. Reflective learning is promoted through assessment items and interim formative feedback points that ask students to reflect on their progress, seek help where they identify the opportunity for improvement in learning strategies and outcomes, and make recommendations to themselves for future development. Throughout the module, students build a body of work, including reflections on progress and achievement.

The School’s programme of employability events and embedded work-related learning within the curriculum supports students’ personal development planning. Through these initiatives, students are increasingly able, as they progress from year to year, to understand the professional environment of their disciplines, the various opportunities available to them, and how to shape their learning according to their ambitions.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding
LO1 understand the value of the and professional use of a range of design information and terminology and begin to apply these by producing accurate and appropriate diagrams, drawings and texts to represent or respond to specific contextual, technological and regulatory factors in a design for an interior;

Cognitive and Intellectual skills
LO2 demonstrate their understanding of the integrated relationship between ideas, context, technologies and environments in the production of interior designs;

Knowledge and Understanding
LO3 identify and classify a selected range of structural, environmental, constructional and material systems conceptually and practically;

Subject Specific Skills
LO4 produce a collated body of work demonstrating their engagement and learning.

Assessment strategy

Practice Book
The practice book is a collated document presenting the precedent study.


Anink, D., Boonstra, C., and Mak, J., (2004) Handbook of sustainable building: an environmental preference method for selection of materials for use in construction and refurbishment, James & James (Science Publishers)

Deplazes, A., (2013) Constructing architecture: materials, processes, structures : a handbook, Birkhäuser.

Dernie, D., (2014) Architectural Drawing, Laurence King Publishing
Dernie, D., (2014) Architectural drawing.

Innes, M., (2012) Lighting for Interior Design, Laurence King Publishing

Plunkett, D. and Reid, O., (2013) Detail in Contemporary Hotel Design (& rest of series), Laurence King
Plunkett, D., (2015) Construction and Detailing for Interior Design, Laurence King Publishing
Plunkett, D., (2015) Construction and Detailing for Interior Design, Laurence King Publishing
ProQuest Ebook Central,

Schittich, C., (2008) In Detail: Interior Surfaces and Materials: Materials for Interiors, Birkhäuser

Yakeley, D., and Yakeley, S., (2010  The BIID interior design job book: how to run a project, RIBA Publishing.
Are these books all necessary now? As they show examples of drawings but might be difficult to refer in work placement
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