Course Title: Identify fabric performance and handling requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: MANU5928C

Course Title: Identify fabric performance and handling requirements

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5220 - Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course Contact : Mandy Penton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259202

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sue Scott

Henry Orlinski

Nominal Hours: 40

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

LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to identify fabric performance and handling requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL3001B Identify fabric performance and handling requirements


1. Identify fibres and fabrics

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Appropriate identification methods are selected.

1.2 Identification methods are used to identify fabrics and component fibres.


2. Identify fabric performance characteristics

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Key performance characteristics of fabrics are identified and described.

2.2 Performancetesting of fabrics is conducted.

2.3 Common problems and faults of fabrics are identified.

2.4 Fabric quality is identified using established quality indicators .

2.5 Performance of fabric is tested according to OHS practices


3. Identify fabric handling requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Performance characteristics are used to describe appropriate uses of fabrics.

3.2 Fibre and fabric finishes and implications for handling are identified.

3.3 Care requirements in handling fabrics are identified.

3.4 Implications forproduction are identified.


4. Identify cleaning and labelling requirements

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Care andcleaning requirements of fabrics are identified.

4.2 Labelling requirements are identified according to Australian Standards.

Learning Outcomes

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge as it applies to fabrics used to produce garments and accessories and includes skills and knowledge required to guide the use and handling of fabrics. It includes sourcing information from reference material and industry specialists as well as conducting simple tests to identify fabric types and properties. Activities will include identification methods and tests currently used in fashion related workplace in relation to fabric testing and performance.

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning consisting of classroom activities and practical workshops.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Introduction to unit. Assessment Requirements. Methods of identifying different fibres Burning and Microscopic

Week 2 Fabric testing requirements.Look at Australian standards.
View Textile testing DVD. 

Week 3 Fabric testing assignment. Discuss the use of blue and grey scales.
Demonstration of equipment to be used for testing.
Select Knitted and Woven Fabrics for testing.

Week 4 Prepare samples according to standards for testing. Commence testing. 

Week 5 Continue testing fabrics and record results.

Week 6 Complete fabric testing and collate results.
Answer fabric testing questions and hand in testing report.1 Hour non contact

Week 7 Testing of denim fabric samples. (Holistic project)

Week 8 Labelling requirements according to Australian standards.

Week 9 Care labelling requirements according to the standards.
Hand out labelling assignment. 3 Hours non contact

Week 10 Children’s wear labelling requirements.
Labelling assignments due.

Week 11 Surface decoration of fabrics.
Research different finishing processes.3 Hours non contact

Week 12 Presentation of different finishing processes.
Processes questionnaire

Week 13 View  Textile Colouration video of different dye types and methods.
Answer questionnaire.

Week 14 Dye a range a fabrics with different dyes.

Week 15 Test dyed sample for colourfastness. Specification topics handout  1 Hour non contact

Week 16 Develop a specification for a yarn and fabric. Oral presentation to Class for discussion.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


E.P.G. Gohl and L.D. Vilensky, Textiles for Modern Living

Anna L. Langford. Textiles Tenth Edition. Sara J Kadolph

The Textiles Institute, Textile Terms and Definitions

Anne Fritz, Consumer Textiles

Martin Hardingham, Illustrated Dictionary of Fabrics

Wilfred Ingamells, Colour for textiles a user’s handbook.

Australian standards. (Standards online)

Other Resources

Pick Glass

Overview of Assessment

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class. Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.

This course comprises both practical and theory components. You will be expected to attend and participate in class activities.

As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times and participate in formal assessment tasks.

PLEASE NOTE: work that has not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be considered for assessment.

Assessment Tasks

1. Fabric Performance Testing 30% :- Students will be required to conduct standard tests on two given fabrics and report on the results.
2. Care and Content labelling assignment 30% :- Demonstrate the ability to select a range of labels in accordance with Australian Standards.
3. Dyeing Questionnaire 10% :- View Textile Colouration Video and complete a questionnaire. 
4. Fibre and Fabric Finishes 10% :- Research a given finishing process and present findings to class.
5. Fabric specification 20% :- Complete a specification for a given yarn and fabric. Oral presentation in class.

Assessment Matrix


 Fabric Performance Testing Care and Content labelling assignment Dyeing Questionnaire Fibre and Fabric Finishes Fabric Specification
1. Identify fibres and fabricsX  XX
2. Identify fabric performance characteristicsXXXXX
3. Identify fabric handling requirementsXX X 
4. Identify cleaning and labelling requirements X   

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