Course Title: Textile Product Development and Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Textile Product Development and Engineering

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Grant Emerson

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 9149

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

For Undergraduate students you should have satisfactorily completed the pre-requisite course - PROC1061 Textiles Materials.

For Post Graduate students you should have satisfactorily completed the pre-requisite course - MANU2207 Introduction to Fashion & Textiles Materials & Products.

Course Description

This course will provide you with the knowledge and practical experience of the role of textile product development process and textile product engineering in textile manufacturing and management.  You will learn to identify the Textile Product Development Strategy through market and product trend research; identify customer expectations, market requirements, product appearance, aesthetics, performance and technical requirements. You will research new technologies and equipment available (type, capability, capacity), raw materials and finishes. After carrying out feasibility analysis and developing an engineering brief, you will produce/source trial samples to required product engineering criteria and evaluate efficiency of the manufacturing process, product performance and cost effectiveness of the new product.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

1. Problem solve effectively in a fashion and textiles enterprise.

2. Apply logical and critical thinking in resolving a range of management issues in a fashion and textiles context.

3. Identify, research and analyse emerging global issues and trends in the fashion and textiles industry.

4. Conceptualise, integrate and organise information in order to resolve complex issues related to fashion and textiles product development.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Execute market research, define market segmentation and select the appropriate product

2. Create an appropriate Textile Product Development and Engineering strategy .

3. Identify qualitative and quantitative textile product performance/technical requirements of fabrics and garments.

4. Develop a textile product engineering brief.

5. Evaluate textile products: technical performance and aesthetics; and determine key criteria for market requirements.

6. Research and analyse availability of raw materials, textile equipment and treatments/finishes available.

7. Evaluate cost, time, risk and expected product engineering benefits.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will include lectures, group discussions, case studies, laboratory product testing and analysis of the provided and researched materials.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Fashion and Textiles students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Fashion and Textiles Library Guides

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians Michelle Matheson (Brunswick)
and Gwen Scott (City)

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include examination, case studies and assignments.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: