Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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


1. Identify fibres and fabrics

2. Describe fabric construction processes

3. Describe qualities of fabrics

4. Determine uses of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Fibres used in clothing industry are identified
1.2 Methods of identifying fibres are identified
1.3 Fabrics used in clothing industry are identified
1.4 Generic and trade names for fibre and fabrics are identified

2.1 Fibres used in construction of a variety of fabrics are identified
2.2 Construction processes of fabrics are described

3.1 Physical qualities of fabrics are described
3.2 Visual qualities of fabrics are described

4.1 Common uses of fabrics are identified
4.2 Fabrics used in the workplace are identified

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

Observe and investigate fibre, yarn and fabric characteristics (Problem solving)
Research, collect and analyse data on fabrics and their uses (Planning and organising)
Group discussion on fibre, yarn and fabric qualities (Teamwork)
Work in a group to brainstorm and provide feedback on fabric findings (Teamwork and initiative and enterprise)
Use technology to prepare assignments (Communication and technology)
Use Self evaluation quizzes (Learning)
Use On-line activities (Technology)
Use technology to present findings of research (Communication and technology)
Design appropriate format for assignments (Initiative and enterprise)

Teaching Schedule

Week No                                                                      Topic

1                                                                          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 IDENTIFY FIBRES AND FABRICS

2                                                                          Cellulosic fibres Cotton, Linen

3                                                                          Protein fibres Wool, Silk, other animal fibres

4                                                                         Regenerated fibres Rayon, Viscose, Tencel, Modal, Lyocell, Bamboo

5                                                                         Synthetic fibres, Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic Special fibres

6                                                                        REVISION►Discuss FABRIC RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT , provide names of fabrics to be researched

7                                                                        IN CLASS WRITTEN ASSESSMENT 1 PURCHASE FABRICS ►Communicate ideas and information

8                                                                         Weaving theory: plain, twill, satin, dobby, jacquard and pile
                                                                           Discuss FABRICATIONS FOLIO DESCRIBE FABRIC CONSTRUCTION PROCESSES

9                                                                        BRING FABRICS TO CLASS ►Weaves 2.2

10                                                                      Knitting theory: weft and warp knits ►Other fabrications - theory: non woven’s

11                                                                     SUBMIT FABRICATIONS FOLIO
                                                                         Fabric, physical and visual qualities: firmness, softness, handle, weight, grain, gauge, drape, porosity, covering power, count, light penetration, colours,    

                                                                         textures, patterns, right side/wrong side
                                                                         Identifying staple and filament fibres in a fabric

                                                                        DESCRIBE QUALITIES OF FABRICS

                                                                        SUBMIT FABRICATIONS FOLIO 2.2

12                                                                    Fabric research assignment: fibre fabric and blends
                                                                        bias, stretch, fraying, feel, handle, shrinkage DETERMINE USES OF FABRICS

13                                                                    POWERPOINT PRESENTATION (may go for 2 weeks depending on numbers presenting) ►Communicate ideas and information
                                                                       PPT PRESENTATION ON FABRIC RESEARCH

14                                                                   Special fabrics 4.2 Fabrics used in the workplace are identified

15                                                                   Collation of fabrics – bring fabric folio
                                                                       Review of fabrics names and construction methods 1.3 Fabrics used in the clothing industry are identified

16                                                                   STUDENT ASSESSMENT WEEK IN CLASS WRITTEN ASSESSMENT
                                                                        IN CLASS WRITTEN ASSESSMENT 2 - fabric identification, fabric construction identification and construction theory

17                                                                 TEACHER ASSESSMENT WEEK Feedback and maintenance

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Kadolph S, 2011, Textiles, 11th edition, Prentice Hall, U.S.A


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks: The student will be required to (1) organise a fabrications folio (2) give a PowerPoint presentation on fabric research and (3) demonstrate knowledge by performing two written assessments in class.

Written assessment 1 - fibre identification Written assessment performed in class 30 marks
FABRICATIONS Practical assignment 20 marks
FABRIC RESEARCH Oral presentation 20 marks
Written assessment 2 – fabric identification and construction methods Written assessment performed in class 30 marks

Assessment Matrix

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