Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5902C

Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

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 9925201

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sue Scott     Office 513.02.07  phone 92599208

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

Students must ensure they are enrolled in MKTG5756C Identify Fibres Yarns and Textiles concurrently .

This is a core unit

Course Description

This unit 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

Learning Outcomes

In this unit  you will be required to develop the skills and knowledge as it applies to identifying a wide range of fibres and fabrics used in the clothing industry. 

Fibres include natural and synthetic, and fabrics include knitted, woven and non-woven.

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning, consisting of classroom activities, practical workshops and preparation of folio of samples, consisting of fibres, yarns and fabrics.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Introduction. Overview/discussion of different staple/filament fibres and fabric constructions. View
Clothing Fibres DVD. OHS requirements. Property definitions to be researched.

Week 2 Create a fibre classification chart. Introduction to Wool and its uses. Fleece types and uses. Fibre

Week 3 Types of Animal Fibres and their uses. Fibre samples. Discuss and demonstrate property definitions.

Week 4 Production of Silk, properties and uses. View Splendour of Silk. Fibre samples.

Week 5 Plant fibres (cellulose) Types and properties, add information to fibre property chart. Fibre samples.
Review Animal fibre samples which will form part of folio.

Week 6 Paper making.

Week 7 Regenerated and Synthetic fibres. Types and properties, add to fibre property chart. Uses of fibres. Samples. Review Plant
fibre samples which will form part of folio.

Week 8 Identify fibres, using microscope, burning and other methods. Complete Fibre Identification chart.

Week 9 Spinning processes Worsted, woollen, cotton systems, staple and filament spinning. Identify fancy yarns.
Calculate tex of selected yarns Complete quiz What fibre is that?

Week 10 Different types of weaves using paper. Review regenerated and synthetic samples which will form part of

Week 11 Examine woven samples of fabrics. Include Pile, jacquard etc

Week 12 Weft Knit Use needles and other methods. Examine samples. Review woven samples which will form part of

Week 13 Warp knits discuss and examine samples of fabric. Allocate Fabric Library topics

Week 14 Non woven fabrics different processes. Introduction to felting. Felt a sample. Felting research assignment
Review Knitted samples which will form part of folio.

Week 15 Felt making. Make a scarf or bag.

Week 16 Fabric library presentations. Power Point presentation of Fabric Library.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


E.P.G.Gohl and L. D. Vilensky, Textiles for Modern Living
Sara J, Kadolph, Textiles Tenth Edition
The Textile Institute, Textile terms and Definitions
Anne Fritz, Consumer Textiles
Martin Hardingham, Illustrated Dictionary of Fabrics
Virginia Hencken Elsasser, Textiles concepts and principles
David J Spencer Knitting technology a comprehensive handbook and practical guide
Irene Emery The Primary Structures of Fabrics

Other Resources

Other Resources
Clothing Fibres - DVD
Splendid Silk - DVD
Nylon - DVD

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 time and participate in formal assessment tasks.

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 submission will not be graded higher than a PASS.

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

Assessment Tasks

Ungraded assessment tasks - All five assessment tasks must be completed to a satisfactory level to be deemed competent for this course. 

1. Fibre/Fabric Property definitions. (Ungraded) Research a given fibre/fabric property and prepare class presentation.

2. Fibre identification chart. (Ungraded) Complete a chart using a variety of methods to identify fibres.

3. Felting assignment. (Ungraded) Select a related felt making topic, prepare a report and upload as a wikki on blackboard.

Graded assessment tasks - Once five assessment tasks are completed to a satisfactory level and you have been deemed competent for this course assessment tasks 4 & 5 will be graded and you may be eligible to receive a grade of credit to high distinction based on the work presented .

4. Fabric Library presentation. (Graded) Research required information relevant to allocated fabrics and present in the form
of a power point presentation

5. Sample Folio. (Graded) Folio of relevant samples collected during class by students. Samples to be clearly labelled.
Folio will be reviewed at intervals according to weekly planner.

Assessment Matrix

Definition (ungraded)

identification chart (ungraded)

Research wikki (ungraded)
Presentation (graded)
Sample folio
Identify fibres and fabrics.              X        X        X      X
Describe fabric construction processes.                 X        X      X
Describe qualities of fabrics.       X         X         X      X
Determine uses of fabrics.       X         X         X      X

Other Information

This unit may be assessed independently or in combination with other relevant units.
Students will be advised in advance of multiple unit assessment.

Students must comply with OHS policies and procedures.
Students must wear closed toe strudy  shoes  in all studios and workshops.

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