PCC/ CCOG / ID

Course Content and Outcome Guide for ID 135

Course Number:
ID 135
Course Title:
Professional Practices for Designers
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Covers the business administration of the interior design profession. Includes topics on ethics, contracts, licensing, ordering, client designer relationships, costs, billing structures, and legal considerations. Prerequisites: ID 120 or ID 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this class a student will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of business practices unique to the interior design profession.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of interior design project administration from contract signing  through construction.
  3. Create a business plan particular to the interior design profession.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be presented by mean of lecture, discussion, handouts, guest speakers and assignments. The students grade will be determined by tests, completion and understanding of assignments and class participation.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcome Assessment Strategies:

Students will:

  • Prepare a residential project folder to coincide with a small residential project as the class term project.

  • Conduct client interview and prepare a design concept statement.

  • Write a Letter of Agreement for project stating billing and purchasing fees and other matters.

  • Prepare a furniture layout with product selections.

  • Prepare preliminary and final budget after documentation.

  • Prepare and process purchase orders and invoicing for billing.

  • Participate in group discussions to resolve a project conflict.

  • Prepare project close-out, walk-through and Post-occupancy evaluation forms.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Skills:

The student will develop the following skills through this course:

  • Ability to prepare fees and pricing structures for a project.
  • How to prepare time records.
  • Write a letter of agreement, job estimate, purchase orders, purchase master, change orders and invoices
  • Write estimates with product specifications.
  • Calculate fees and product pricing
  • Prepare and process purchase orders and invoices.
  • Maintain project folder of all correspondence, paperwork and products pertaining to project for efficient project management.

The following will be introduced:

  • Professional Ethics
  • Professional Integrity
  • Project Organization
  • Efficiency in managing a design business
  • Problem identification and resolution
  • Use of computer programs to assist in paper flow management
  • Project management

Course Content (Themes, Concepts and Issues)

Related Instruction

Computation
Hours: 20

  1. Apply knowledge of business practices unique to the interior design profession.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of interior design project administration from contract signing  through construction.

Students will prepare basic budgets for clients based on material selection and "take-offs".  Students will prepare estimations.  

Students will work with new skills to create a business plan that incorporates various hours wages, resale techniques and profit margin applications.

Students will prepare and process purchase orders and invoicing for billing.

Communication
Hours: 10

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of interior design project administration from contract signing  through construction.
  2. Create a business plan.

Create interview questions

Prepare a letter of agreement that communicates the design project contract.

Participate in group discussions to resolve a project conflict.

Conduct client interview and prepare a design concept statement.

Write a Letter of Agreement for project stating billing and purchasing fees and other matters.

Human Relations
Hours: 10

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of interior design project administration from contract signing  through construction.
  2. Create a business plan.

In class exercise on team building and conflict resolution

Participate in group discussions to resolve a project conflict.