Course Title: Wearable Technologies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Wearable Technologies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Van Amber

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9157

Course Coordinator Email: rebecca.vanamber@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: B513 F01 R003

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of GRAP2816 Fashion & Textile Materials.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.


Course Description

This course will explore flexible sensors and components for e-textiles and the Internet of Things (IoT) to support the development of smart textiles and fashion wearables. In doing so, you will consider the viability of wear, safety and laundering, and the relationship between wearable technology, user’s bodies and their needs. 

You will explore how to embed, combine, connect electronics with textile materials (soft and hard components). You will be introduced to basic electronics and programming, working with soft actuators, sensors, conductive threads. You will also explore how these can be combined with textile processes such as embroidery, beading, printing, braiding, weaving and knitting.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

As this is a program option course, only Course Learning Outcomes are applicable.


Course Learning outcomes 

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

CLO 1: Identify and discuss examples of fashion and textiles wearables. 

CLO 2: Apply a range of different components, materials and sensors for the design of simple wearables.

CLO 3: Identify and explain what considerations are needed to ensure the viability of wear. 

CLO 4 : Critically discuss the relationship between the body, wearable technology and user needs.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be facilitated via a range of in-class and online activities that will require both individual and collaborative engagement. Class activities will promote your ability to propose, investigate, plan, analyse, and realise sustainable innovative fashion and textile solutions.


Overview of Learning Resources

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

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources for fashion and textiles students. 

Search the library and consult the Fashion and Textiles Subject Guides for more information. 

The library also provides guides on academic referencing and assistance is available via phone, chat and email.


Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment tasks are directly aligned with each Course Learning Outcome.  They are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: Technical folio (30%)
CLOs: 1 & 2 

Assessment Task 2: Wearable concept (30%)
CLOs: 2 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Wearable prototype (40%)
CLOs: 2, 3 & 4

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 coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.