Course Title: Source textile materials and resources

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: EMPL5588C

Course Title: Source textile materials and resources

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rachel Halton        tel. (03) 9925 9158           email.

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

This is a core unit

Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to identify key production processes within a textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) sector.

The unit applies to all sectors in the TCF industry. It may be applied to a specific sector but must include production processes and flow of product from raw materials through to distribution.
The unit applies to working in the TCF industry and includes identification of applicable legislation, guidelines and workplace practices for the relevant sector.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4006A Source textile materials and resources


2Analyse order and supply conditions

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Minimum order requirements for suppliers are identified.
2.2 Lead times required for different suppliers are identified and compared.
2.3 Capacity of suppliers to meet order and delivery requirements are investigated and compared.
2.4  Shipping and freight options are identified and compared.
2.5 Supplier business conditions are documented to allow for future reference.
2.6 Communication channels for supplier are confirmed and established for business operation.


3Compare supply costs

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Capacity of suppliers to meet price and quality requirements are analysed and compared
3.2 Costs, including hidden costs of purchases are identified.
3.3 Costs of purchasing direct from overseas suppliers, contractors or manufacturers are compared to purchasing from local suppliers.
3.4 Payment options offered by suppliers are identified and compared.


4Order and receive textile materials and resources

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Suppliers are selected for supply of materials and resources based on their ability to meet required specifications and competitiveness.
4.2 Orders are completed and placed with suppliers according to own and supplier business requirements
4.3 Orders are monitored and followed up to ensure that conditions will be met.
4.4 Orders are received and quality and content checked against documentation.
4.5 Invoice is processed for payment.


1Identify and locate required textile resources

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Materials required for production of textile products are identified from production specifications
1.2 Expertise required for production is identified and in-house availability of skills assessed.
1.3 Supply criteria in order to meet production requirements are determined
1.4 Textile suppliers in Australia and overseas are identified and researched.
1.5 Range of textile services provided by suppliers are identified and compared with supply criteria and production specifications
1.6 A shortlist of preferred suppliers that meet criteria is developed and details documented

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.


Classroom activities including lectures, tutorials, on-line activities where students are challenged to reflect and debate on different value positions, concepts and issues.
You will be required to participate in case study learning, problem solving activities, self-reflection and discussion.
Activities will encourage both individual and group based learning responsibilities.

Teaching Schedule

This Unit is delivered as a clustered Unit with Work in the TCF Industry and Source Textile Materials and Resources.  Classes are structured to cover multiple learning and assessment tasks across the cluster.

^this outline will be subject to update.  All students are required to access their RMIT email twice per week to receive updates.

Session Learning / Assessment Activity:
1  Session 1  Overview of Unit and Assessment Tasks. TCF & Source Materials.  Overview "what is the TCF Industry"
  Discussion & Activity:  Industry & Production Processes  (TCF:  3.1,3.2,3.3)  OH&S (OH&S:  1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

2  Work in the Textiles, Clothing & Footwear Industry
  Research & Class Activity.  Production Processes  (TCF:  1.1,1.2, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4)
  (Bendigo Sheep & Wool Show  July 18,19)

3  Work in the Textiles, Clothing & Footwear Industry   Research activity FACT SHEETS
  Industry associations, unions, legislative bodies  (TCF:  1.1,1.2)

4   Assessment:         5 mins Presentations - Fact Sheets  (TCF:  1.1,1.2        2.1,2.2)

5  Work in the TCF.  Activity:  Skills Audit, skills required for TCF Industry. Employee roles & employability skills  /  Industry focus / Research activity:  Personal skill assessment  (TCF:  4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5,5.1,5.2,5.3,5.4,5.5)

6  Source Materials_Learning Activity _ Suppliers
  Source Textile Materials and Resources:  Identify Production resources used in the design and development of Textiles.
  Assessment:  Source and compare necessary information to guide Production - Source Supplier and Comparison Document  (Source:  1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4)

7  Source Materials_Learning Activity _ Discuss supply chains. Identify Suppliers of Resources (including raw materials), for the TCF Industry.  
  Wednesday 19th August  Wool seminar  /  515.02.06  /  12 to 5 pm.

8  Source Materials_Learning Activity – Sales Invoice / Purchase Order   (Source: 4.1,4.2,4.3,4.4,4.5)


9  Assessment Task 2: Industry Reports  (TCF:  1.1,1.2, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,3,4,6)
  OH&S _ Self Directed Assessment Tool   (OH&S:  1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

10  Work in the Textiles, Clothing & Footwear Product Quality & Production Processes / Supply Chains  

11  Product Quality & Production Processes / Knit   (TCF:  3.1,3.2,3.3)

12  Product Quality & Production Processes / Digital Print (TCF:  3.1,3.2,3.3)     

13  Assessment:  Presentation:  Supplier and Comparison Document  (Source:  1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4) 

14  Class time to prepare Reports / Self Directed Assessment Tools   (OH&S:  1,2,3,4,5,6,7)

15  Assessment Submissions  (TCF:  6.1, 6.2,6.3,6.4,6.5)

16  Feedback Sessions

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Textiles, Concepts and Principles:  Virginia Hencken Elsasser

The sustainable fashion handbook:  Sandy Black

Naked fashion : the new sustainable fashion revolution:  Safia Minney

Sustainable fashion and textiles : design journeys:  Kate Fletcher

Eco fashion:  Sass Brown


Other Resources

A4 Portfolio including dividers and Plastic Sleeves

Notebook, Pen for recording information from Industry visits.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include project work.

Assessment Tasks

Fact Sheet / Industry Bodies           40%

Workplace Report                            60%

Questionaire on Industry Visits       CA/NYC

Industry Skills Audit                          CA/NYC

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks. All assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This Unit is delivered concurrently with the following Units:-

Implement and monitor OH&S in the workplace (LMTGN4010A) OHTH5451C

Source textile materials and resources (LMTTD4006A) MANU5923C

and includes clustered learning activities common to all Units.. Further details will be provided by your class teacher in your first session. 

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