Course Title: Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: VART6448C

Course Title: Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4390 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kirsty Gorter

9925 9219

Nominal Hours: 80

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


Course Description

In this course you will learn how to identify a variety of natural and synthetic fibres, yarns and textile materials. You will also learn about the way fibres and yarns can be knitted, woven, spun and/or tufted to create fabrics that are used to construct garments, home-wares and a variety of textile products.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) 1.2 Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times 1.3 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs 1.4 Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Distinguish types of TCF materials

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recognise types of fibres and yarns, fabrics and textile materials used in the manufacture of clothing and textile products 2.2 Identify methods of distinguishing and identifying fibres, yarns or textile materials 2.3 Identify common and emerging fabrics used in the garment industry 2.4 Identify processes used on raw fibres, basic processed yarns or finished yarns to create textiles 2.5 Identify generic and trade names for common fabrics and textile materials


3 Identify characteristics of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify fibres used in construction of a variety of fabrics 3.2 identify construction processes of a range of fabrics 3.3 Examine a ramge of fabric types and identify physical and visual qualities 3.4 Identify generic and trade names for common fabrics and textile materials


4 Distinguish methods of constructing fabric and textile material

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify the purposes for processing changes 4.2 Distinguish basic processes of spinning fibres into yarns or processing yarns into knitted, woven or non-woven textile material 4.3 Identify textile product construction processes 4.4 Identify uses of different types of fibres and yarns and their effects on finished products


5 Identify uses of fabrics and textiles

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify common uses of a variety of fabrics and labelling requirements 5.2 Identify a range of textile products and their end uses and labelling requirements 5.3 Identify methods of measuring fabric and textile material quality in an identified workplace 5.4 Identify the impact of quality on production processes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in identifying a variety of fibres and fabrics.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you will be engaging in the following learning activities:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • workshops
  • peer learning
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • research
  • independent project based work
  • simulated workplace activities

Teaching Schedule





Feb 5


Overview of course module. WHS requirements. Assessment tasks. During the semester you will be examining different fibres and their properties and end uses. Yarn construction and different ways of using yarns to create texture and appearance. Fabric constructions and their end uses. You will be supplied with different samples that need to be displayed neatly with notes in a folder. Importantly, this folder will be become your Resource/Reference folio.

View Clothing Fibres DVD.

 Introduction to Assessment Task 2 Fabric Samples collection.



Discussion of staple/filament fibres and fabric constructions.

Regenerated and Synthetic fibres. Types and properties, add to fibre property chart. Fibre Samples. Commence a fibre classification chart Fibre samples.

Allocate Property definitions to be researched.



Commence Plant fibres (cellulose). Types and properties fibre samples, add information to fibre property chart. Make paper.  (Observation check list  WHS) Discuss and demonstrate property definitions. Regenerated and Synthetic fibres Quiz



Introduction to different types of animal (protein) fibres and uses. Fibre samples. Felting. Plant fibre quiz.

March 5


Production of Silk, properties and uses.  Fibre samples. Animal fibre quiz

Allocate Generic or Trade name Fibre/Yarn/Fabric topic for Assessment Task 1



Identify fibres, using microscope, burning and other methods Complete Fibre Identification chart.



Spinning processes Worsted, woollen, cotton systems, staple and filament spinning. Identify fancy yarns. Calculate tex of selected yarns



Generic or Trade name Fibre/Yarn/Fabric presentation Assessment Task 1



Different types of weaves using paper. Discuss Bias, Warp, Weft, Selvedge and grain line.



Examine different types of woven fabric samples. Plain, Twill, Satin, Pile, Dobby and Jacquard. Discuss fabric performance. Collect samples to be used as reference.



Weft Knit. Examine different samples. Single jersey, double jersey, Rib, Ponte ect.   Warp knits discuss and examine samples of fabric. Raschel, Tricot. Discuss fabric performance. Collect samples to be used as reference.

May 7


Nonwoven fabrics different processes. Introduction to felting. Felt a sample.



Perform testing on a sample of fabric and record results. Develop a care label according to Australian standards



Continue Fabric testing. (Observation check Fabric performance)



Submit Fabric sample collection Assessment Task 2.

June 4


Student feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

There are no prescribed texts for this program however you may find the following book useful:

Kadolph, Sara J, 2010, Textiles, Eleventh edition, Prentice Hall, Pearson.
Gohl, E.P.G. Vilensky, L.D. 1998, Textiles for Modern Living, Fifth edition, Longman.

The University Library has extensive resources.
The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.
The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

In this course there are two assessment tasks. You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Assessment Tasks

This unit of competency is clustered for assessment with MSTGN2011.


This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback at the conclusion of each assessment task.

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on MyRMIT for full assessment criteria

Assessment Task 1: To investigate an allocated Trade or Generic Name of a fibres/yarns/fabrics and complete a 4-5 minute oral and visual presentation. Due: Week 8


Assessment Task 2: A collection of 12 (twelve) different fabric samples, include required information for each using the Fabric Collection Sample sheet.  Due: Week 15


Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration (or Program Coordinator)

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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