Course Title: Research commercial development of textiles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: GRAP5219C

Course Title: Research commercial development of textiles

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6082 - Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9201

Course Contact Email:Julia.Raath

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


9925 9514


Nominal Hours: 80

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


This unit is delivered concurrently with

LMTTD6004A Create and produce textile designs for commercial production.

LMTGN6003B Research and evaluate processes and products.

Students MUST be enrolled in all units to successfully complete projects

Course Description

This unit covers the range of skills and knowledge to research and evaluate textiles used for fashion, furnishing, accessories and exhibition and make recommendations to guide the commercial development of textile products and is a key part of your work integrated learning experience. The integration of work based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), will allow you to solve authentic industry problems or address real issues faced in organisations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD6001A Research commercial development of textiles


Conduct research into textiles

Performance Criteria:

1.1Objectives for conducting research are established in line with business goals.
1.2Criteria and parameters for research are established.
1.3Research plan is developed.


Confirm research parameters

Performance Criteria:

2.1Textile properties, qualities, aesthetic and performance characteristics are researched and primary uses identified.
2.2New and emerging textiles and textile processing techniques are investigated.
2.3Global and domestic trends in use of textiles are researched.
2.4A range of routine and non-routine tests are used to gather data on textiles.


Evaluate findings

Performance Criteria:

3.1Products that incorporate textiles and their current uses in the marketplace are analysed.
3.2Performance characteristics of a sample range of textile products are researched and analysed to determine quality.
3.3A range of routine and non-routine tests is used to gather data on product quality.
3.4Factors influencing quality of textile products are identified.
3.5Product faults are identified and examined and causes determined.
3.5Global and domestic implications for use of textile products are researched.


Make recommendations

Performance Criteria:

4.1Research findings are analysed and prioritised according to significance.
4.2Findings are analysed against research objectives and criteria.
4.3Methodology is reviewed to identify any potential influences on findings.
4.4Findings are analysed to establish ability contribute to commercial developments.
4.4Findings with most potential are selected for further review.


Prepare reports and presentations

Performance Criteria:

5.1Features and benefits of selected findings are analysed.
5.2Disadvantages or risks associated with selected findings are analysed.
5.3Recommendations are made on how findings are used for commercial gain.


Research textile products

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Report on research findings and recommendations is developed.
6.2Data is checked for accuracy and relevance, when required.
6.3Reports and presentations are prepared.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This course provides the opportunity for students to undertake research into an aspect of textile design relevant to their area of specialization and personal design project.
Areas that are covered include trend forecasting, textile testing, textile performance and characteristics. Provides the opportunity for students to discuss results, feedback, and submit a professional report.
The classes are designed to give a flexible approach to the delivery of information, including lectures, workshops, and self directed learning.


Teaching Schedule

Week 2
Discussion of research criteria and planning session for research
research plan outline discussed and considered

week 3, 4, 5 Investigating new textile trends
global and domestic
Record research
And data for report

week 6 Identify products informed by research
DUE Checklist

week 7
Review to panel

week 8 Perform tests to Gather data on Textiles
Perform tests to Gather data on Fashion product Quality

Self directed learning
Individual tutorials Appropriate textiles identified

Record research
And data for report

week 9
Analyse research
Product research is finalized

Week 10
Presentations of research findings to relevant staff
Review of draft research document
Document and analyse findings in report
DUE: draft research documen. Textile Testing templates 

week 11, 12 

Analyse research
and make recommendations
Individual tutorials from relevant personnel
Feedback from recommendations

week 13.14,15
INDIVIDUAL TUTORIALS [appointment only]
prepare report as hard copy and electronic version

Week 16
DUE: Presentation Report on research findings


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Report Writing

Trend Forecasting



Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt.

Units assessed as ’not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ’competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.
All work must be submitted by the due date.

Late submissions will not be graded higher than a PASS.

Assessment Tasks

Checklist for research report [competency based assessment]
To determine parameters of research, forecasting and testing requirements

effectively evaluate processes
identify constraints
determine options
sources of information
commercial relevance or objectives for research
research methodology
determine report requirements
read, interpret and follow information on work specifications, standard operating procedures and work instructions, and other reference material

Textile testing results [competency based assessment]
Routine and non routine testing analysis and discussion conclusion

relevant OHS legislation, codes of practice, copyright obligations, policies and procedures
OHS practices, including hazard identification and control measures
establish, analyse and/or interpret procedures, where required
qualities and properties of textiles

Draft copy of research [competency based assessment]
to inform practice of report writing, to gain feedback and address recommendations.

interpret findings
test validity of information
determine report requirements
maintain accurate records
communicate within the workplace
meet specifications
clarify and check task-related information
commercial relevance or objectives for research research methodology
recording and reporting practices

Final research report [graded assessment] 100%

Meet specifications
clarify and check task-related information
carry out work according to OHS practices
sources of information
qualities and properties of textiles
commercial relevance or objectives for research
research methodology
quality practices
workplace practices
recording and reporting practices

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Research notes, workbook and handouts will be given out in class time

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