Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ID 120
Course Title:
Interior Products and Materials I
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Course Description

Presents analysis and evaluation of materials and products utilized in the interior design profession. Focuses on the properties, cost, sustainability and installation of materials. Prerequisites: ID 131 and (WR 115 or placement into WR 121). Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

On completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Understand and utilize comparison shopping as a tool in the selection of residential furnishings.
  2. Identify the qualitative differences in case goods and upholstered goods.
  3. Apply basic measuring techniques for window treatments and floor coverings.
  4. Demonstrate verbal, visual and written communication skills in a formal presentation.
  5. Identify the basic characteristics of a variety of floor coverings.
  6. Develop skill in researching products and materials from a variety of sources.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be presented by means of lecture, discussion, demonstrations, and visuals. The student's grade will be determined by a combination of class assignments, testing, and class participation.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Conduct research using comparison shopping strategies to determine quality features of case good and upholstered furniture.
  2. Apply appropriate concepts to measuring of window treatments and floor coverings.
  3. Create and present a 30 minute classroom teaching experience using verbal, visual and written communication tools on a floor covering topic.
  4. Participate in, and contribute to, all class discussions.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)



The student will develop the following skills through this course:

  • Utilize math skills to solve complex measuring problems
  • Use verbal, written, and visual skills to make a formal class presentation
  • Develop research skills utilizing a variety of source material
  • Develop critical thinking skills in product selection

The following Themes, Issues, and Concepts will have increased meaning to the student as a result of this course:


  • Understanding role of verbal, visual, and written skills in the profession
  • Importance of math skills
  • Use of comparison shopping techniques


  • Quality/use/cost considerations in product selection


  • Measuring
  • Product selection