Course Title: Research and evaluate processes and products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: GRAP5217C

Course Title: Research and evaluate processes and products

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6086 - Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising

Course Contact : Loraine Grant

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9145

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

nil Nil

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to research and evaluate processes and products.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTGN6003B Research and evaluate processes and products


1.  Research global and domestic trends

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Global and domestic trends are researched and forecasted in relation to processes and products.

1.2 Developments in technology are investigated to ensure all possibilities are considered.

1.3 Implications of global and domestic trends on local industry are identified.



2.  Identify manufacturing capabilities or implications

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Manufacturing capabilties are identified in consultation with relevant personnel on issues such as human resources, materials, financial restraints, equipment capabilities, timelines, efficiency and OHS practices,

2.2 Options or requirements for use of external resources to undertake parts of work is determined when defining production   capabilities.


3.  Contribute to strategic planning

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Paramaters are claried, in consultation with production development, sales and marketing team, management and client where required,

3.2 A strategy plan and critical path plan is developed, when necessary.

3.3 Constraints are identified and taken into account when formulating strategic plan.


4.  Prepare reports and presentations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Relevant information is identified and compiled.

4.2 Data is checked for accuracy and relevance, when required.

4.3 Reports and presentations are prepared


Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The course provides students with the opportunity to work in the textiles, clothing and footwear industry for two weeks in a nominated company organised through a work experience program.

The main learning activities in this course are lectures, workshops, tutorials, case studies, problem solving activities, and guest speakers,. Students are required to actively participate in class

discussions, problem solving activities and case study analysis.

Details of the Learning Activities : Weekly lectures are used to teach the knowledge of trends from a global and domestic design, technology developments in production and manufacturing with an

emphasise on total quality management, f ollowed by in-depth class discussions, problem solving and case study analysis.

 A brief will be given for the development of a workplace action plan based on primary research conducted in the workplace leading to possible changes and recommendations to improve workplace practices.

Through this work placement program, the students research the following relating to their individual company placement

(a) Company’s trends, inclusive of design trends from within a global or domestic market, forecasting, developments in technology,

market forces, export and import practices, supply or raw materials and quality standards, practices and regulations.

(b) Materials, equipment, human resources, financial restraints, tiemlines, efficiency, production priorities

(c) Production, product development, sales and marketing team and management

Teaching Schedule


DateLecture Topics




 Total quality management systemsQuality concepts/principles
2 Quality assuranceQuality concepts/principles
3 Quality auditsQuality concepts/principles
4 Quality controlsQuality concepts/principles
5 Control systemsQuality concepts/principles
6 Role of controlsQuality concepts/principles
7 Manufacturing & servicesQuality concepts/principles
8 Product & service quality dimensionsQuality concepts/principles
9 Research methodsPrimary/secondary sources
10 Industry preparationWork integrated Learning
11 Industry preparationIndustry expectations
12 Industry preparationIndustry outcomes
13 Work Experience/Placement (1) 
14 Work Experience/Placement (1) 
15 Preparation for second placementPrimary/secondary research
16 Preparation for second placementPrimary/secondary research
17 Preparation for second placementPrimary/secondary research
18 Work Experience Placement (2)First placement - Workplace Action Plan due
19 Work Experience/Placement (2) 
21 Second placement - workplace action plan due 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Quality Management textbooks, websites industry databases, company briefing. powerpoijnt presentations and on-line information

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.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including (recording all technical documentation in a workbook, exercises completed in class, exercises completed outside class times, producing a folio and checklists completed by the class teacher during class exercises. )

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assignment Brief:

The assignment is based on student observations and experiences allocated to the workplacement company. The purposes of this assessment is to research and evaluate processes and products

in the workplace against quality assurance policies and procedures. A written workplace action plan is to be producted on the current quality systems and procedures in relation to the allocated deppartment, section and or work area.

A research methodology is used using a qualitative method such as an Observation Checklist nominating a range five key areas and practices which form the basis for improved quality procedures and couses of action. The Observation Checklist is

the evidence required to guide to support the findings and recommendations.

Assessment Matrix

No. Category Marks 100%

1 Title page: (usual details)
2 Company background (300 words)
3 Current Operations (400 words)
4 Observational findings (700 words)
4.1 Interactions, people, procedures, processes
4.2 Action/procedure
4.2 Outcomes
5 Evaluation – evaluate the outcomes with Management Quality sources using using Harvard in-text referencing (700 words)
6 Conclusion (A brief statement)
7 Recommendations (suggest suitable changes) (100 words)
8 Reference list & Harvard (in-text - body of the report)
9 Appendices – Observation Checklist and responses
(Five key areas identified)
10 Grammar, language, expression, spelling – clear, concise

Total marks: 100%

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