Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

Henry Orlinski

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 Types of fibres and yarns or textiles materials used in the manufacture of textile products are identified
1.2 Quality of fibres, yarns or textile material is identified
1.3 Methods of measuring textile material quality in the workplace are identified
1.4 Generic and trade names for textiles materials are identified
2.1 Processes used on raw fibres, basic processed yarns or finished yarns are described
2.2 The purposes of processing stages are explained
2.3 Basic processes of spinning fibres into yarns or processing yarns into knitted, woven or non-woven textile product are explained
3.1 Textile products and their end uses are identified
3.2 Uses of different types of fibres or yarns and their effects on finished products are identified
3.3 Textile product construction processes are explained
3.4 Impact of quality on production processes is 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 to prepare for a portfolio. (Problem solving)
Research, collect and analyse data on fabrics and finishes related to end use. (Planning and organising, self management)
Group discussion on fibre properties related to uses and quality. (Teamwork)
Work in a group to brainstorm and provide feedback on fabric findings. (Communication, Teamwork and initiative and enterprise)
Use technology to prepare portfolio. (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 portfolio (Initiative and enterprise)

Teaching Schedule

week topic element
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




2 Cellulosic fibres Cotton, Linen 1.1
3 Protein fibres Wool, Silk, other animal fibres 1.1
4 Regenerated fibres Rayon, Viscose, Tencel, Modal, Lyocell, Bamboo

1.1, 1.4

5 Synthetic fibres, Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic

Special fibres

1.1, 1.4
7 ASSESSMENT Test No1. 1.1, 1.4
8 ►Commence Weaving Assessment
►Weaving theory: plain, twill, satin, dobby, jacquard and pile
9 ►Knitting theory: weft and warp knits
►Other fabrications - theory: non woven
10 ►Knitting theory: weft and warp knits
►Other fabrications - theory: non woven
11 ►Continue with paper weaves and Knitting theory: weft and warp knits
►Other fabrications - theory: non woven
Discuss FABRIC RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT , provide names of fabrics to be researched
12 ►Knitting theory: weft and warp knits
►Other fabrications - theory: non woven
13 ►Communicate ideas and information
►Plan and organise activities
►Work with others and in teams
►Solve problems
►Use technology
►Self management: plan, organize and meet deadlines

3.1, 3.2, 1.4


14 ►Collation of fabrics – bring fabric folio
Review of fabrics names and construction methods
15 ►Collation of fabrics – bring fabric folio
Review of fabrics names and construction methods

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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

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

Assessment Matrix

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