Course Title: Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: MANU5910C

Course Title: Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6086 - Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising

Course Contact : Inna Konopov

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259197

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Inna Konopov -

Amanpreet Singh-

Henry Orlinski-

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


Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to interpret and apply calculations and specifications for textile products.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTX4001A Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications


1. Obtain and interpret textile specifications

2. Perform textile calculations

3. Complete records

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Features of systems used to document specifications and techniques for converting specifications across systems, are identified
1.2 Specifications applying to yarn analysis are interpreted
1.3 Specifications applying to fabric analysis are interpreted
1.4 Terminology used in the textile production industry relating to raw materials, specifcations and processing are correctly interpreted, applied and used
1.5 Specifications appropriate to the textile operation are obtained and interpreted
1.6 Work requirements are determined from specifications
1.7 Clarification of specifications is undertaken as required using appropriate information resources and search techniques
2.1 Calculation requirements for specific production processes are determined
2.2 Formulas used to convert specifications to desired format are identified and applied
2.3 Formulas used for calculating requirements for cotton production are identified and applied
2.4 Formulas used calculating requirements for wool production are identified and applied
2.5 Formulas and graphs used for calculating requirements for production of man-made fibres are identified and applied
2.6 Calculations are checked and verified as correct
2.7 Deviations from expected outcomes are examined and validated with appropriate information resources
3.1 Calculation records are accurately documented to agreed standards
3.2 Documentation is prepared for testing or production processes

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning consisting of classroom activties and practical workshops

Teaching Schedule

 Week Beginnning




 Performance Criteria

 Assessment Task
 5 July 2010 Course Introduction. Quality concepts. What is Quality? Why do we need quality in relation to testing? Video. Textile Awareness Quiz. Quality perception, customer expectations. 1 
12 July 2010 Introduction to Science in Textiles. The understanding of how textile science enables to “engineer” fibre, yarn and fabric performance for a particular application  1,2 
19 July 2010 Introduction to Australian and International standards. Library recourses- access on line 3 
 26July 2010 Care Labelling and Testing Guidelines. Primary and secondary label, flammability
 2 August  2010 Properties of fibre/ yarns in relation to end use requirements. Evaluating comfort. Physical properties of textiles in relation to comfort. Moisture regain activity/calculation 1,2,3 Quiz 25%
9 August 2010 Laboratory Equipment, Introduction to Fabric Testing. OH&S, Good laboratory practices.
Testing procedures. Conduct Fabric Identification (Burn test). An overview of how to write test reports
 2,3 Practical Exercise 10%
16 August 2010 Prepare Fabrics for testing ( students to choose fabrics and nominate possible testing appropriate for end use)  2 Practical Exercise 10%
 23 August 2010 Conduct Colourfastness tests.
Overview of Fabrics Durability requirements (abrasion, pilling)
 1 Practical Exercise 10%
30 August 2010 Conduct Dimensional Stability test. 1 Practical Exercise 10%
 6 September 2010 Textile production impact on the environment. Recourse use. Waste- types of waste. 1,2,3 
13 September 2010 Holistic project requirements/ Specification templates
Holistic Workshop: Developing the Specifications
20 September 2010 Term Break  
27 September 2010 Term Break  
 4 October 2010 Holistic Workshop 1,2,3 
 11 October 2010 Holistic Workshop 1,2,3 
18 October 2010 Individual consultations Holistic drafts sighted  
25 October 2010 Product Specification (Holistic) due for assessment
Preparation for Holistic Presentations – Practice oral presentation
 1,2,3 Submission Of Written Report on Tests Conducted 20%
 1 November 2010 Holistic Presentations 1,2,3 Oral Presentation 15%
 8 November 2010 Student Assessment Week  
15 November 2010 Teacher  Assessment Week  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Brearley, A., An outline of statistical methods for use in the textile industry 8th Edition, WIRA, 1974.
Carty, P., Chemical and mechanical finishing of textile materials 2nd Edition, Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, 1987.
Carr. C. M., Chemistry of the textiles industry, Chapman & Hall, 1995.
McIntyre, J.E., Chemistry of fibres, Edward Arnold, 1971.
Booth, John E. Textile mathematics, Vol. 2, The Textile Institute Manchester, 1977.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students will study experimental textiles in tutorials, practical experimentation and through prescribed exercises and assessment work.

Assessment Tasks

1. Quiz 25% (Individual)

2. Testing of Fabrics 40%( pairs)

3. Written Report 20% (pairs)

4. Holistics Oral Presentation (Equally shared but presented in pairs) 15%

Assessment Matrix

ElementsQuizTesting of Fabric (Demonstration)Written ReportOral Presentation
1. Obtain and interpret textile specifications
2. Perform textile calculations
3. Complete records 

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