Course Title: Cost design production

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: GRAP5182C

Course Title: Cost design production

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6079 - Advanced 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

Susie Weir:
Ginny Yarnton:

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


Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to cost products for volume production within the fashion design industry

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD5009A Cost design production


1 Identify available production options
2 Identify costs associated with each production option
3 Identify industry standards for design production
4 Develop costing sheets to industry standards

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Different production options are identified.
1.2 Features of production options are identified
2.1 Cost benefits of each option are identified and compared.
2.2 Cost negatives of each option are identified and compared.
2.3 Previous production records are reviewed and appropriate personnel are consulted, to determine costing efficiency of production options.
2.4 Variables which impact on design production costs are identified.
2.5 OH&S practices are considered in costing.
3.1 Target market for end products in design production is identified.
3.2 Differences between short-run or design production and large scale volume production are identified and compared.
3.3 Quality industry standards for design production are identified.
4.1 Costing sheet is completed for an in-house design production run.
4.2 Costing sheet is completed for a cut, make and trim production run.
4.3 Costing sheet is completed for an offshore production run.
4.4 Costing sheets are used to compare and select most appropriate design production option.
4.5 Quality standards of work and received materials are assessed.

Learning Outcomes

The unit applies to costing products within the fashion design industry, while deciding on the most cost-effective mechanism for the production to occur. In-house, cut, make and trim (CMT) and offshore production must be investigated and competency in costing all three production options must be achieved. All work to be costed will be carried out according to workplace practices and procedures applying at the point of production.

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning, consisting of classroom activities and practical workshops

Teaching Schedule

The time table below considers all aspects of the project

Week 1
Choose a Project to study & identify enterprise to investigate
• Select and brief project team
• Establish design production plan
Week 2
Introduction into production planning systems
Week 3
Identify industry standards for design production
• Introduction external Q.A. systems
Week 4
Facilitate process or work flow problem resolution & monitor production improvements / variations
Problem solving in the Apparel industry
Week 5 - 7
Understanding Costing in the apparel industry
• Cost Outcome
• Identify available production costs
• Identify costs associated with each production option
• Develop costing sheets to industry standards

Industry reports in the workplace
Week 8
Completion and submission of Project
Week 9
Assessment of Report

Please note that due to unforseen circumstances this schedule is subject to change

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Your assessment tasks are a combination of practical and theoretical. Assessment will occur throughout the course, enabling you to receive ongoing feedback about your progress. Written feedback will be provided for each piece of work.

Authentication of Work

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

You will be given further information about the assessment tasks in class.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment is ongoing through observation and demonstration. Workplace assessment can be arranged.

On completion of the Project, an investigative report is submitted.
You are assessed on technical skills and knowledge as well as a host of relevant employability skills such as communication, teamwork, negotiation and the ability to manage the project timelines.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Learners are expected to conduct relevant research outside of school hours. This includes visiting fashion enterprises and sourcing information online. Learners continue working on their project during non-teacher directed time.

Graded assessment
The Project is assessed holistically based upon the contents of the portfolio and observation/demonstration of employability skills

Grade Mark Description
HD > = 80 High Distinction (Competency Achieved)
DI 70 - 79 Distinction (Competency Achieved)
CR 60 - 69 Credit (Competency Achieved)
PA 50 - 59 Pass (Competency Achieved)
NN < 50 Fail (Not Yet Competent)
CA Not Applicable Competency Achieved
NYC Not Applicable Not Yet Competent

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Special Consideration
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Assignments/written work will be returned to you
During class/lecture times
By post if you attach a stamped, self-addressed A4-sized envelope to your assignment

Variations to Assessment
A change will not be made to the form or forms of assessment as detailed in the Course Guide unless:
the students enrolled in that course have received notice in writing of the proposed change; and
the change is approved by the Head of School and not less than seventy percent of the students enrolled in that course.

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Late Submission of Work or Assessment
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Relevant previous study or work/life experience and credit in this course
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Student Forms
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Assistance with Study
Students requiring general assistance should, firstly approach the class teacher. Secondly, students should contact the course coordinator and lastly, the Program Coordinator.

Study Skills: The Learning Skills Unit provides free individual or group assistance to help students achieve their educational goals. Assistance is available in English language, Study Skills, Maths and Science. The LSU may be contacted by phoning 9925 5651 and is located in Building 108, Level 3, Rooms 37 or 39.

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Feedback on the course itself is welcome at any time to the class teacher, course coordinator or program coordinator. Periodic course evaluation surveys are also conducted.

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Essential resources
Access to an internet connected computer outside of class times – Internet connected computers are available in

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