Georgian College - Course Outline


Term: Fall 2017

Subject Code:
Course Number:
PLA Applicable:
Course Name:
Sustainable Mat/Finishes/Furn
Grade Mode:
Credit Value:
Post Secondary



Co-requisite(s) and Concurrent Prerequisite(s):




Students are advised to retain course outlines for future use in support of applications for employment or transfer of credits

Course Description:

In this course, students are introduced to a comprehensive collection of of interior materials, finishes, furnishings and textiles used with the interior decorating industry. There is a focus on the physical properties, practical applications and aesthetic characteristics. Hands on use of materials and field trips emphasize appropriate applications, the manufacture of, sourcing and installation methods within the context of health, safety and sustainability. Group and individual assignments involve research, product analysis, presentations and applications.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. discuss the relationship between the principles of sustainable design and the selection and specification of materials;
2.consider the properties, appropriate applications and aesthetic value of materials;
3. compare textile construction and fibre classification using appropriate terminology; and specify materials, finishes and furnishings within the context of physical properties and performance indicators for interior projects with a focus on sustainability and the healthy environment.

Course Content:

- Principles of sustainable decorating.
- Sustainable decorating criteria applications and
specifying of materials.
- Properties, applications and aesthetics of materials,
finishes, furnishings.
- Textile terminology, construction, classification and
their meaning.
- Performance indicators, testing and specifications for
interior finishes and materials.


Tests/examinations/assignments must be written/submitted at the time specified. Requests for adjustments to that schedule must be made before the test/exam/assignment date to the faculty member. Failure to do so will result in a mark of “0”, unless an illness/emergency can be proven with appropriate documentation at no cost to the College.

The passing grade for all courses is 50%, or letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) unless otherwise noted below. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester of a program is 60% and is a requirement to graduate.

Evaluation is comprised of:
Assignments 60%
Portfolio 40%

Prior Learning Assessment:

This course is eligible for Prior Learning Assessment. If you feel you have acquired equivalent skills and knowledge through life and work experience, you can request an assessment. Contact your program co-ordinator, or the Office of the Registrar.


A student at Georgian College can appeal the following:

  1. a mark on the assignment, test, examination or practical experience;
  2. a final mark for a course or co-op work term;
  3. missing or incorrect assessment information on a grade report and/or transcript

A student cannot appeal a decision regarding whether or not a PLA or Exemption is available for an individual course, nor the method of challenge used.

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