Course Title: Chemistry for Textiles

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry for Textiles

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2007

Course Coordinator: Grant Emerson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9149

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 512.01.10

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic facts, concepts and principles of chemistry. It will assist you to develop the problem-solving skills required in the textile colouration and modification area.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

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

2. Problem solve and apply sustainable practices related to fashion & textiles issues.

3. Apply analytical decision making techniques in a fashion and textiles environment.

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

1. Explain fundamental organic chemistry - including functional groups present in common organic textile chemicals and recalling physical and chemical properties of selected organic compounds.

2. Evaluate methods for converting functional groups and dye intermediates, and stereo chemical features of organic compounds.

3. Explain fundamental inorganic chemistry - including periodic table, electronic configuration, simple bonding theories.

4. Evaluate inorganic chemistry applications to industrial processes.

5. Explain fundamental physical chemistry - including adsorption isotherms, reaction rates, phase equilibria, surface tension, contact angle, surface free energy, work of cohesion, spreading coefficient, surfactant, micelle, surface active compounds and their behaviour in solution and detergent action.

Overview of Learning Activities

Theoretical concepts will be explained in lectures and tutorials.

The application of  theoretical concepts will be conducted in practical laboratory classes.

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 tests, practical assignments and an examination.

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 Director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment 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 and procedures.