Course Title: Research and evaluate processes and products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: MKTG8002C

Course Title: Research and evaluate processes and products

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6158 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lucy Adam

ph: 9925 9421



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 engage in the research process to consider business opportunities for new textile processes and/or products. Investigation of local and global trends that impact technical and digital change over time will help you to consider new possibilities for creative enterprises. Consideration of the various constraints that affect these changes, ie, human resources, materials, financial budgets and timelines will be considered as you develop strategic plans for success. 

This course consists of 2 Units of Competency that are clustered together for delivery and assessment. The other Unit of Competency in this clustered course is:

  • MSMENV472 Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTGN6003 Research and evaluate processes and products


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 Identify global and domestic trends 

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Research and forecast global and domestic trends in relation to identified processes and products 2.2 Investigate developments in technology and digital capabilities to ensure all possibilities are considered 2.3 Identify implications of global and domestic trends on local industry


3 Determine manufacturing capabilities or implications 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify manufacturing capabilities for identified products and/or process in consultation with relevant personnel 3.2 Consider issues, such as human resources, materials, financial restraints, equipment capabilities, timelines, efficiency, workplace procedures and WHS practices 3.3 Interpret specifications and establish availability of resources 3.4 Determine options or requirements for external resources to undertake parts of work when defining production capabilities


4 Contribute to strategic planning 

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Clarify planning parameters, in consultation with production development, sales and marketing team, management and client, where required 4.2 Establish, analyse and interpret procedures, where required 4.3 Develop a strategy plan and critical path plan, when necessary 4.4 Identify and consider resources required and constraints when formulating strategic plan for new products or processes


5 Prepare reports and presentations 

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify and compile relevant information 5.2 Check data for accuracy and relevance, when required 5.3 Prepare reports and presentations

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in investigating technological and digital capabilities for the production of textile product and/or processes; that has been informed by researching local and global trends in the textile industry. You will also have demonstrated the required skills and knowledge to prepare reports for presentations to relevant personnel, consulted with client/s, sales and marketing resources and/or production specialists to establish strategic plans.     

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • design activities or projects
  • guest lecture/presentation
  • group discussion
  • research
  • independent project based work
  • group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule


Class content

Assessment due dates

  1. 15 Feb


Tiny House Briefing. Overview of project, meet with RMIT Sustainability committee, architect and furniture design students and staff.


Sustainable textile design trends discussed, and work shopped.

Brainstorming between students about product possibilities, style, direction and sustainability



  1. 22 Feb

Overview course guides, assessment tasks

Reflection on Tiny House initial briefing – trouble shooting times lines, expectations.


Assessment 1 & 2 discussed - Interior textiles and sustainability report and Sustainable sampling and production – working with industrial waste 



  1. 1 Mar

Sustainable sampling and manufacture – material selection, products, processes.

Analysis of current work practices, material use, procurement strategies. This will involve developing an environmental policy and investigating resource usage



  1. 8 Mar

Sustainable sampling and production – OH&S

Analysis of process. The way you operate your processes will impact on the environment. What are the environmental impacts from your processes? You will need to determine manufacturing capabilities, limitations and opportunities


  1. 15 Mar

Sustainable sampling and production.

Implement strategies and set targets for improvement.

Documentation regarding how you will monitor, implement and make environmental improvements in the future, making mention of any relevant organisations, accreditations or certifications.


  1. 22 Mar

Sustainable sampling and production

Implement strategies and set targets for improvement.

Documentation regarding how you will monitor, implement and make environmental improvements in the future, making mention of any relevant organisations, accreditations or certifications.

Assessment 1 due - Interior textiles and sustainability report

  1. 29 Mar

Sustainable sampling and production. Finalise samples, finishing presentation.

Complete reporting, specifications and documentation


  1. 5 April

Presentation of textile concepts

Assessment 2 due – Tiny house sustainable sampling and production.

  1. 12 April

Print collection swatch Production.


  1.    19 April Public Holiday (Good Friday) & Easter Break
  1. 3 May

Print collection Swatch Production


  1. 10 May

Local fibre economies and supply chains, carbon footprint of fashion and textiles, role of farming in textile production



  1. 17 May

Local manufacturing, accreditations and standards



  1. 24 May

Ethics in fashion and Textiles, ECA accreditation, transparent supply chains



  1. 31 May

New Technologies with Fibre Production and designing with sustainable materials & Most Significant Change Reflection Activity


Assessment 3 due - Sustainability journal – materials, products and processes

  1. 7 June



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Campaigns, Platforms and Other Important Organizations:

Clean Clothes Campaign

Ethical Fashion Forum

Fair Trade Foundation

Environmental Justice Foundation

The Good Guide

Greenpeace Detox Campaign

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include two projects and presentation of a folio to a panel of industry experts. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on My RMIT.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. You should refer to the assessment brief for full assessment criteria.


1. Interior textiles and sustainability report - Due 22 March

This assessment requires you to undertake on a report on interior textiles and sustainability. It may include lighting, blinds, curtains, soft furnishings, upholstery, carpet, rugs, wall hangings, napery, wallpaper or other textile products and you will be required to research products, processes, sustainability issues within the industry and evaluate sustainability performance and credentials. 

2. Tiny House sustainable sampling and production - Due 5 April

The tiny house project involves developing a range of textile samples (minimum 4) to be created from either industrial or consumer waste and you will be required to physically produce these samples and document the production processes.  An analysis of all materials and processes will be required and presented as a report along with samples. This assessment task is designed to enable you to monitor and investigate current resource usage, develop plans to improve sustainability and implement environmental improvements.

3. Sustainability journal – materials, products and processes - Due 31 May

This assessment requires to complete weekly writing tasks from week 12-15 that reflect different topics related to sustainability in fashion and textiles industries. Topics will relate to excursions, guest lecturers and independent research. 

MSTGN6003Research and evaluate processes and products is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment and is assessed only for competency


Assessment Matrix

Assessment matrix is available upon request from the 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


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 requires 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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