ITD915 - Fundamentals of Lighting

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-09-07 13:12:16.462
Last review date 2018-09-07 13:12:16.463

Subject Title
Fundamentals of Lighting

Subject Description
Students develop an understanding of light sources, calculations, illumination, electrical control, layout, and specifications as they apply to the theory of interior decorating.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Interior Decorating Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of lighting sources, electrical controls and lighting specifications for the residential environment.

2. Identify the appropriate lighting source for a given application.

3. Perform calculations to select appropriate lighting fixtures with a view to developing a high quality lighting system.

4. Analyze a given interior and recommend lighting alternatives.

5. Compile information and specifications of lighting systems.

6. Consider the impact of lighting on a given space and site.

7. Consider the role of lighting in achieving a decorating concept.
8. Prepare lighting drawing documentations.
9. Identify various environmentally sustainable light selections.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the subject prerequisites are met.

Topic Outline

  • Lighting sources, specifications and controls
  • Lighting option and applications
  • Lighting fixtures and systems
  • Lighting decorating concepts

Mode of Instruction

The first half of the subject consists of lectures on lighting theory. Subsequent classes concentrate on the application of the theory through
field trips and a workshop. Students make verbal presentations and are expected to do independent research outside of class time.Classroom lectures, small group discussions, videos and self awareness exercises.


Prescribed Texts
No text required.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty. 
For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy

Online and In-class Grading scheme:

Assignment #1 Lighting Effects 15%
Assignment #2 Fixture Research Report 25%
Assignment #3 Room Lighting Plan 25%
Assignment #4 Home Lighting Plan 35%

All discussion assignments and written assignments must be submitted by the due date shown on the Course Timeline.

Approved by: Sandra Noble