module specification

DN6029 - Integrated Design Practice (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Integrated Design Practice
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Art, Architecture and Design
Total study hours 300
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Diary
Coursework 50%   Report
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year City Friday Morning

Module summary

The module provides a link between the completion of their undergraduate studies and interior design practice. It establishes a student’s ability to integrate the key areas of their interior design knowledge within the context of their major design project and through this, their readiness for professional practice.
The coursework records and responds to the process of design development and, using a range of specialist contributions, introduces a range of issues, interests and perspectives. The process is recorded, evaluated, presented and reviewed in relation to the comprehensive design project.
At the end of their undergraduate studies the module aims to provide students with the means to demonstrate, through and in relation to their own design work, the extent of their understanding and evaluation of key areas of professional interior design knowledge informing a design project.
This module aims to enable students to demonstrate that within their comprehensive design project they have a knowledge, understanding of and ability to evaluate the following five areas of study and that this is effectively and appropriately communicated:

A. cultural context
B. professional and regulatory requirements
C. environmental and sustainability
D. construction, materials and specification
E. communication

Prior learning requirements

Completion and pass (120 credits) of prior level


The syllabus addresses the range of contexts and considerations an interior designer must be aware of, be able to make judgements upon and be confident in interpreting in the development of a complex design project.

The module output relates to design studio and specifically the major design project. It is supported by lectures, seminars and workshops, and through the use of specialists and consultants from within the School and externally to support, inform and test the student’s design process. LO6
• a series of lectures and seminars on the five areas of study and how these should be addressed in studio and in the assessment components
• a series of lectures and seminars to develop the content and illustrate methods of communication for the diary, report, website, CV and business card (PDP)
• external consultancy to address key technological considerations relavent to each studio
• exemplar workshops to demonstrate and practice methods of reflection in relationship to personal student outcomes
The five areas of study will typically be focused around the following categories: LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4 LO5

A. Cultural Context
· engagement with social, political, economic and professional contexts
· the use of case studies, precedent, histories and theories in the development and resolution of the design

B. Professional and Regulatory Requirements
· the relationship between interior design and typical legal and regulatory requirements
· an understanding of how a design may be financed, procured and realised

C. Environment and Sustainable Design
· the relationship interior design and and a range ofenvironmental concerns including the life styles.of the anticipated users
· daylight, artificial light and the products needed to support this
· the provision and integration of building services

D. Construction, Materials and Specification
· constructional and material strategies and approaches
· construction techniques, processes and detailing
· the properties and characteristics of materials, components and products
· the use of specification documents to articulate the designers decision making

E. Communication
· visual, verbal, written, multimedia and participatory methods to communicate the design and the quality of the submissions
· appropriate communication for different stakeholders: lay, professional and academic
· the composition, editing and production of the assessment components

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 demonstrate an understanding of the five key areas of the syllabus and how they have informed their design process and resolution;

Cognitive Intellectual Abilities
LO2 gather, process and make use of information, processes and strategies necessary to develop a complex design proposal;
LO3 integrate knowledge acquired from taught courses, consultancy, industry, testing, prototyping and participatory processes into a design proposal;

Transferable Skills
LO4 make and communicate clear strategic decisions in relation to the wider political, economic, professional, environmental, industrial and legal context informing their design;

Subject Specific Skills
LO5: integrate knowledge of sustainability, construction, structures and materials into a coherent architectural design;
LO6: show judgement in how to communicate with professional, technical and lay audiences.

Assessment strategy

There are two assessment components.

Each aims to provide the student with the opportunity to show different skills and knowledge:
1. the diary records the student’s continous design process throughout level 6 and records the issues and considerations that inform and affect this;
2. the report enables the student to reflect upon their own design work through a demonstration of their wider understanding of key aspects of practice: the report is an illustrated document (max. 3000 words) that reviews the previous process in relation to final submission;


Bibliographies will be provided by studios and these will be expanded by the student and will be included in the report.

General/background reading:

Bell, V.B., (2010) Materials for Architectural Design, Laurence King
Bell, V.B., (2014) Materials for Architectural Design 2, Laurence King
Deplazes, A. (ed.), (2013) Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures, a Handbook, Birkhäuser
Kolarevic, B. and Klinger, K., (2008) Manufacturing Material Effects: Rethinking Design and Making in Architecture, Routledge
Kolarevic, B., and Klinger, K. R., (2008) Manufacturing material effects: rethinking design and making in architecture,
Licht, U.B., (2006) Detail Practice: Lighting Design: Principles, Implementation, Case Studies, Birkhäuser
Mommertz, E., (2009) Detail Practice: Acoustics and Sound Insulation: Principles, Planning, Examples, Birkhäuser
Mommertz, E., (2009) Acoustics and sound insulation: principles, planning, examples

Mori, T., (1999) Immaterial Ultramaterial: Architecture, Design and Materials, George Braziller
Moxon, S., (2012) Sustainability in Interior Design (portfolio skills), Laurence King
Moxon, S., (2012) Sustainability in Interior Design, Laurence King Publishing
Available from:<> 5 April 2018
Plunkett, D., (2015) Construction and Detailing for Interior Design, Laurence King
Plunkett, D., (2014) Drawing for Interior Design (portfolio skills), Laurence King
Plunkett, D., (2014) Drawing for Interior Design, Laurence King Publishing
Available from: ProQuest Ebook Central. [5 April 2018].
Ritter, A., (2006) Smart Materials in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design: Types, Products, Architecture, Birkhäuser
Ritter, A., (2006) Smart Materials in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design: Types, Products, Architecture, Birkhäuser
Schittich, C., (2003) In Detail: Building in Existing Fabric: Refurbishment, Extensions, New Designs in Detail (illustrated ed.), Birkhäuser
Schittich, C., (2003) In Detail: Building in Existing Fabric: Refurbishment, Extensions, New Designs in Detail (illustrated ed.), Birkhäuser
Schittich, C., (2002) In Detail: Interior Spaces: Space, Light, Material in Detail, Birkhäuser
Schittich, C., (2008) In Detail: Interior Surfaces and Materials: Materials for Interiors in Detail, Birkhäuser
Schittich, C., (2008) Interior surfaces and materials: aesthetics, technology, implementation, Edition Detail
Schröpfer, T., (2011) Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality, Birkhäuser
Schropfer, T. and Carpenter, J., (2011) Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality, De Gruyter
Ternaux, E., (2011) Material World 3: innovative materials for architecture and design, Frame Publishers
Yakeley, D., and Yakeley, S., (2010) The BIID interior design jobbook: how to run a project, RIBA Publishing.

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