Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: VART5902C

Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4219 - Certificate IV in Fashion and Textiles Merchandising

Course Contact : Barbara Kuczuk

Course Contact Phone: 9925 9195

Course Contact

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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 identify fibres and fabrics commonly used in the construction of garments and accessories.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics

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

 Identify fibres used in the clothing industry. Methods of identifying fibres are established. (problem solving)
 Research, collect and identify fabrics used in the clothing industry and their uses. (planning and organising)
 Identify generic and trade names for fibres and fabrics (problem solving)
 Work in a group to brainstorm and provide feedback on fabric findings. (teamwork and initiative and enterprise)
 Group discussion on fibre, yarn and fabric qualities (physical and visual). (teamwork)
 Observe and investigate fibre and fabric characteristics (bias, handle, stretch fraying etc) and construction processes. (problem solving)
 Use technology to prepare portfolio. (technology)
 Use Self evaluation quizzes. (learning)
 Use On-line activities (technology)
 Prepare a  fabric portfolio. (communication and self management)
 Use technology to present findings of research (communication and technology)
Design appropriate format for portfolio (initiative and enterprise)

Teaching Schedule

Week beginningSession - Topic Element Performance CriteriaAssessment Tasks
 9 February 09 ►Introduction and explanation of course
►OH&S practices discussed
►Types of fibres – check labels, samples, visual inspection
► Generic names and trade names
►Methods of fibre identification – burn tests, microscopic examination and chemical tests
 1.1 Fibres used in the clothing industry are identified.
1.2 Methods of identifying fibres are identified
1.4 Generic and trade names for fibres and fabrics are identified
 16 February 09  Cellulosic fibres  1.1 
 23 February 09  Protein fibres  1.1 
 2 March 09  Regenerated fibres 
 1.1, 1.4 
 9 March 09  Synthetic fibres 1.1, 1.4  
 16 March 09  Special fibres
 1.1, 1.4  
 23 March 09  REVISION
 1.1, 1.2, 1.4
 30 March 09  QUIZ  1 1.1, 1.2, 1.4  QUIZ 1 - Fibres
 6 April 09  Easter Holidays  
 20 April 09  ►Discuss fabrications folio
 2.2 Construction processes of fabrics are described  
 27 April 09

 ►Weaves and knits ►Discuss fabric research assignment , provide names of fabrics to be researched


 4 May 09

BRING fabrics to class for checking

 Other fabrications  2.2  

 11 May 09


SUBMIT fabrications folio

►Fabric, physical and visual qualities
►Identifying staple and filament fibres in a fabric 

 2.1 Fibres used in construction of a variety of fabrics are identified
3.1 Physical qualities of fabrics are described
3.2 Visual qualities of fabrics are described SUBMIT fabrications folio
 SUBMIT fabrications folio
 18 May 09  Fabric research assignment  1.3 Fabrics used in the clothing industry are identified
4.1 Common uses of fabrics are identified
1.4, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1

  25 May 09


 Weaves - theory
  2.2 SUBMIT WRITTEN SECTION OF FABRIC RESEARCH (1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1)
  1 June 09 ►Knits – theory
►Non-wovens - theory
 15 June 09  ►Collation of fabrics – bring fabric folio
►Special fabrics
 4.1 Common uses of fabrics are identified
4.2 Fabrics used in the workplace are identified
 22 June 09  Review of fabrics names and construction methods  1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 4.2 
 22 June 09  QUIZ 2
Feedback and maintenance
 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 4.2
 QUIZ 2 - fabric identification, fabric construction identification and construction theory

 29 June 09 

 Term - Holidays

 6 July 09  Term - Holidays   

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Parker, J., 2000.  All about Silk. 6th printing. Washington: Rain City Publishing  

Parker, J., 2000. All about Wool. 6th printing. Washington: Rain City Publishing

Parker, J., 2000. All about Cotton. 6th printing. Washington: Rain City Publishing

Kadolph, S., 2007. Textiles. 10th edition. U.S.A: Prentice Hall

Other Resources

Check library for DVDs, videos, databases, e-journals and journals.

Overview of Assessment

The student will be given a range of assessment tasks  including folio work, powerpoint presentation, research and quizzes.

Assessment Tasks

The student will be required to (1) organise a fabrications folio (2) give an oral presentation using PowerPoint on researched fabrics and (3) demonstrate knowledge and understanding by performing  written assessments in class.

Assessment                                                                  Method                                                                                                              Marks Awarded

QUIZ 1 - fibre identification                                          Written assessment performed in class                                                   30 marks

FABRICATIONS FOLIO                                                Practical assignment                                                                                      20 marks

FABRIC RESEARCH findings                                     Powerpoint presentation and written presentation                                   10 + 10 marks

QUIZ 2 – fabric identification                                       Written assessment performed in class                                                     30 marks
and construction methods

Assessment Matrix

Elements Quiz 1 Fabrications folio Fabric research Quiz 2
1.1 Y   
1.2 Y   
1.3  YY
1.4Y YY
2.1  YY
2.2 YYY
3.1  Y 
3.2  Y 
4.1  Y 
4.2   Y

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