Course Title: Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: MANU5910C

Course Title: Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4219 - Certificate IV in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising

Course Contact : Barbara Kuczuk

Course Contact Phone: 9925 9145

Course Contact Email:barbara.kuczukOn successful completion of this course you will have developed and

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Henry Orlinski- or

Nominal Hours: 50

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 covers the skills and knowledge to interpret and apply calculations and specifications within a textile manufacturing environment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTX4001A Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications


1.  Obtain and interpret textile specifications

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Features of systems used to document specifications and techniques for converting specifications across systems, are identified
1.2 Specifications applying to yarn analysis are interpreted
1.3 Specifications applying to fabric analysis are interpreted
1.4 Terminology used in the textile production industry relating to raw materials, specifications and processing are correctly interpreted, applied and used
1.5 Specifications appropriate to the textile operation are obtained and interpreted
1.6 Work requirements are determined from specifications
1.7 Clarification of specifications is undertaken as required using appropriate information resources and search techniques


2. Perform textile calculations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Calculation requirements for specific production processes are determined
2.2 Formulas used to convert specifications to desired format are identified and applied
2.3 Formulas used for calculating requirements for cotton production are identified and applied
2.4 Formulas used calculating requirements for wool production are identified and applied
2.5 Formulas and graphs used for calculating requirements for production of man-made fibres are identified and applied
2.6 Calculations are checked and verified as correct
2.7 Deviations from expected outcomes are examined and validated with appropriate information resources


3. Complete records

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Calculation records are accurately documented to agreed standards
3.2 Documentation is prepared for testing or 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 the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning consisting of classroom activties and practical workshops

Teaching Schedule

Week     Session- Topic Element       Performance Criteria
WK1   Course Introduction. Quality concepts. What is Quality? Why do we need quality in relation to testing? Video. Textile Awareness Quiz. Quality perception, customer expectations. 1
WK 2   Introduction to Science in Textiles. The understanding of how textile science enables to “engineer” fibre, yarn and fabric performance for a particular application 1, 2
WK 3   Introduction to Australian and International standards. Library recourses- access on line 3
WK 4   Care Labelling and Testing Guidelines. Primary and secondary label, flammability 3
WK 5   Properties of fibre/ yarns in relation to end use requirements. Evaluating comfort. Physical properties of textiles in relation to comfort. Moisture regain activity/calculation 1, 2, 3
WK 6   Laboratory Equipment, Introduction to Fabric Testing. OH&S, Good laboratory practices.
Testing procedures. Conduct Fabric Identification (Burn test). An overview of how to write test reports 2, 3
WK 7   Prepare Fabrics for testing ( students to choose fabrics and nominate possible testing appropriate for end use) 2
WK 8   Conduct Colourfastness tests.
Overview of Fabrics Durability requirements (abrasion, pilling) 1
Semester Break 
WK 9   Textile production impact on the environment. Recourse use. Waste- types of waste. 1, 2 ,3
WK 10 Holistic project requirements/ Specification templates
Holistic Workshop: Developing the Specifications 1, 2, 3
WK 11  Holistic Garment testing: 
WK 12   Holistic Garment testing: 1, 2, 3
WK 13   Holistic Garment Testing 1, 2, 3
WK 14   Presentations commence 1, 2, 3
WK 15   Class presentation 
WK 16   Student assessment week

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Brearley, A., An outline of statistical methods for use in the textile industry 8th Edition, WIRA, 1974.
Carty, P., Chemical and mechanical finishing of textile materials 2nd Edition, Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, 1987.
Carr. C. M., Chemistry of the textiles industry, Chapman & Hall, 1995.
McIntyre, J.E., Chemistry of fibres, Edward Arnold, 1971.
Booth, John E. Textile mathematics, Vol. 2, The Textile Institute Manchester, 1977.

Overview of Assessment

Students will study experimental textiles in tutorials, practical experimentation and through prescribed exercises and assessment work.

Assessment Tasks

1. Quiz 15% (Individual)
2. Testing of Fabrics 30%
3. Written Report 30%
4. Holistic Oral Presentation 25%

Assessment Matrix

Elements Quiz Testing of Fabric (Demonstration) Written Report Oral Presentation
1. Obtain and interpret textile specifications • • •
2. Perform textile calculations • • • •
3. Complete records • • •

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