Course Title: Sustainable Materials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sustainable Materials

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Van Amber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9157

Course Coordinator Email: rebecca.vanamber@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2816 Fashion and Textile Materials.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.


Course Description

This course builds upon the course GRAP2816 Fashion and Textile Materials to deepen and extend your knowledge of fibres, textiles and materials. You will learn how to undertake a Life Cycle Assessment for a textile fabric and you will examine the complexities of responsible textile material selection in the context of the relationship between material choice, use, and post-use options. In doing this, you will assess a range of textile materials for their sustainability viability. You will also investigate emerging trends with materials that offer optimal sustainability potential.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

As this is a program option course, only Course Learning Outcomes are applicable.


Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Understand basic fibre and textile science laboratory skills and test methods for a range of material properties and characterisation.

CLO 2: Analyse fabric through Life Cycle Assessment. 

CLO 3: Make responsible textile material selections and analyse the complex relationships and trade-offs between material choice, use, and post use options.

CLO 4: Identify and analyse emerging trends with materials that offer optimal sustainability potential.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class and online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities will promote your ability to propose, investigate, plan, analyse, and realise sustainable innovative fashion and textile solutions.


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.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students. 

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles Subject Guides for more information. 

The library also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome.  They are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: Practical lab work (40%) 
CLOs: 1 & 2  

Assessment Task 2: Life cycle assessment (20%)
CLOs: 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Material audit report (40%)
CLOs: 3 & 4


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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.