Course Title: Fabric Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fabric Technology

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


350H Fashion & Textiles


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Grant Emerson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9149

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 512.1.10

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

You will study the principles and processes of knitting, weaving and non-woven fabrics and products.

You will study the principles and machine processes needed to construct a range of knitted fabrics, including introduction to knitting, properties of knitted fabrics; basic knitting structures; machine knitting needles; warp and welt knitting machines; weft knit fabrics; warp knit fabrics; patterning and machine control (including computer design systems).

You will study the principles and machine processes used to construct a range of woven fabrics, including: introduction to weaving; the characteristics of weaving yarns; yarn preparation; the weaving cycle; types of woven fabric; quality in woven fabrics; colour and weave effect.

You will studty the various processes used in the construction of non-woven products such as felts, batts, fabrics and disposables. Also includes a section on tufting processes (for non-wovens and carpets). It includes introduction to non-wovens; fibres; bicomponent fibres; web formation; bonding systems; felted fabrics; other fabric structures, and composite fabrics.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following prgram capabilities:

1. Problem solve and apply sustainable practices related to fashion and textiles issues.

2. Utilise a systems approach to design and operational performance, have the technical and relevant design skills, in both analysis and synthesis to be able to exercise technical judgment in decision making and have the ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

- Identify the manufacturing process at sector and enterprise level.

- Outline the fundamentals of the weaving process.

- Develop fabric analysis techniques to produce weaving specifications;

- Design yarn preparatory operations, weaving operations and weaving production requirements for a range of woven fabrics; 

- Critique distinguishing features of knitting machines and their products;

- Analyse the relationship between design technology and product development in hosiery and knitwear production; 

- Evaluate the effect of machine components and fabric construction in weft and warp knitting;

- Identify the fundamentals of non-woven fabric production;

- Evaluate the rationale for fabric testing and the parameters within which this testing takes place;

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures and tutorials.

You will participate in practical laboratory classes to apply processes of knitting, weaving and non-woven fabrics.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A reference manual, lecture notes, library resources, laboratory equipment and relevant software will be available to assist you with your learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against program capabilities.

Assessment may include examination, assignments and practical work.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures.