Course Title: Select raw materials

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: MANU5918C

Course Title: Select raw materials

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4218 - Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sue Scott   TDPT

Julia Raath  TD1A

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites. This course may be clustered with other courses.

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to select raw materials for use in textile production.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTX3008B Select raw materials


1 Select raw materials

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Requirements for the selection of raw materials are confirmed and clarified, if necessary.
1.2 Raw materials appropriate for the designated use are selected.


2 Check raw materials

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Specification of raw materials is verified.
2.2 Selected raw materials are checked for suitability in accordance with quality standards and OHS practices.
2.3 Data is compared with standards or other reference materials and results recorded.


3 Report on raw materials

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Raw materials documentation is recorded using appropriate worksheets and information systems.
3.2 Documentation is collated and analysed against specifications.
3.3 Documentation is interpreted and outcomes reported.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrates knowledge of:

• selection and checking requirements of raw materials
• product and process specifications
• raw materials and their properties
• quality standards and practices
• OHS practices, including hazard identification and control measures
• workplace practices
• recording and reporting practices

Demonstrates skills to:

• use equipment effectively
• assemble information
• identify and take samples
• communicate effectively with individuals, work groups and supervisors
• document and transfer information
• read, interpret and follow information on work specifications, standard operating procedures and work instructions, and other reference material
• maintain accurate records
• communicate within the workplace
• sequence operations
• meet specifications
• clarify and check task-related information
• carry out work according to OHS practices

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is integrated into the  projects undertaken with the following units;

  • VART 5910C Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples
  • MANU5914C Select raw materials.

This is a studio based course covering both theory and practical aspects of the development of processes and products relating to textile design.
Individual and group projects will be undertaken in a fully equipped studios using equipment suitable for sample and production, the studio is a simulated industry environment.
Upon completion of the sampling and finished product your work is presented to a panel of industry peers for review and feedback. 

Teaching Schedule

Week                         Starting   All: Learning Activities                                                                          All: Homework or Research                                                      TD1A: Assessment                   Due Dates  TDPT: Assessment Due Dates and asdditional information                                            
Week1: 6 Jul

Introduction to units  What is experimental textiles ?  Selecting materials     2x2x2x2 Sampling

 Complete 2x2x2x2  
Week 2:13 Jul

Shibori:  History background applications What is it ? Examples                                  Excursion:Group Exchange - The 2nd Tamworth Contemporary Textile Triennial.        

Collect rusty pieces for rust dyeing

week 5                                           


 Part time students encouraged to visit Group Exchange - The 2nd Tamworth Contemporary Textile Triennial.

Week 3:20 Jul

Discuss 2x2x2x2

Shibori sampling techniques and preparing dye samples. Cotton Wool and Silk Shibori using stitch techniques


Source Synthetic fibres - tights

Week 4: 27 Jul

Thermoplastic manipulation- Heat, colour and transformation.  Melt off

Theromplastic manipulation, Disperse dying

Research Beekeeper project

Selecting materials

Week 5:3 Aug

Thermoplastic manipulation of different fabrics - working with synthetic fibres

Rust Dyeing.

Week 6:10 AugConstruction De construction Materials resources Beekeeper Project   
Week 7: 17 AugBeekeeper

Wednesday 19th August
515.02.06  12 to 5 pm.

AWDI Seminar

Week 8:24 AugBeekeeper 

Submission and presentation

Beekeeper on Thursday 27th August in Design Class

 Beekeeper project Due
  31 August – 14 September – mid semester break
* Please note this is different to what is published on the RMIT Website
Week 9:14 SeptInvestigate embroidery stitches complete 5 samples Self directed research and sampling Research Biomimicry 
Week 10:21 SeptPunctured; pricked; perforated.   Natural Dyeing Workshop
Week 11:28 SeptFelting -  form   
Week 12:5 OctKnit, knot, net, coil , crotchet   Felting
Week 13:12 OctBiomimicry Project sampling   
Week 14:19 OctBiomimicry Project sampling   
Week 15:26 OctCompletion of Project 2. Biomimicry 

Task 1 Sample Folio

Task 3 Biomimicry Due

Presentations on Wednesday and  Thursday

Task 1  Sample Folio

Task 3 Biomimicry Due

Week 16:2 NovFeedback   
  Please note: Due to access to resources there may be some changes in the delivery schedule. Please check emails regularly    







Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Textiles and Fashion, Jenny Udale
Writing for visual thinkers
Time management for Architects and Designers


Other Resources

Students are required to source and supply their own materials for producing textile samples and finished product.

Overview of Assessment


To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.


Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt.

Units assessed as ’not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ’competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.
All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a PASS.

Assessment Tasks


Detailed project briefs will be provided in class sessions and available on Blackboard


Task 1 Folio Samples

Task 2 BeeKeeper

Selection and use of materials
Development of a product using manipulation techniques
Folio of samples with documentation
Finished product including techniques.

Task 3 Biomimicry

Production of finished product according to brief
Folio of samples with documentation.
Report including Analysis and evaluation of product SWOT
Presentation of finished product

Technical Folio: including evidence of samples completed with description of materials and techniques used, class handouts and any relevant research.

Assessment Matrix


Other Information


This course is run in a workshop environment.
To comply with Occupational Health and Safety standards,students are required to wear sturdy footwear with covered toe protection, and other personal protective equipment where instructed.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Special consideration, appeals and discipline :

Penalties for late assessment:

Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension will be penalised as follows:
- Complete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark
- Partial or incomplete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark for the entire assessable work
- Work submitted after day 7 will be awarded an NN grade and 0% mark
- Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty
- Where a due date includes a specific time for submission or presentation, submissions after that time on the due date incur a 5% penalty.


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