Course Title: Source textile materials and resources

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: MANU5923C

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

Nominal Hours: 20

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

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to source materials and resources that are required for production of textiles.

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

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 Report writing, case study learning, problem solving activities, self-reflection and discussion.
Activities will encourage both individual and group based learning responsibilities.  You may be required to attend off campus industry visits to obtain and identify criteria from Suppliers to the TCF Industry.

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

Students are required to provide the following materials:
Notebook, Folio (A4 Ring Binder Folder) & A4 sized Plastic Inserts

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

Portfolio of Assessment Tasks:  Portfolio will include:

  • Research document - Suppliers of TCF Products (including costings and comparisons between local and offshore suppliers)  60%
  • Invoices and Order Forms for the purchase of Goods and Products (including comparisons between local and offshore suppliers)  40%

Further detail regarding Competency and Graded Assessment of these tasks will be provided in class.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

The below information is for Students enrolled in C4218 (Certificate IV TDD) 2014.  Students of the Certificate IV will undertake this Unit as part of a cluster and as such, this Unit will be delivered concurrently with the following Units:-

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

Work in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry (LMTGN2003B) EMPL5588C

Learning Activities are designed to contribute to the assessment for each Unit. Further details will be provided by your class teacher in your first session.

Study and learning Support:
Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development
Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:
Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:
Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.
Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.
Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:  Please refer;ID=riderwtscifm to find more information about special consideration.
Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.
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