Course Title: Identify fabric performance and handling requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: MANU5928C

Course Title: Identify fabric performance and handling requirements

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3227 - Certificate III in Clothing Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 40

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

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to identify fabric performance and handling requirements.

It applies to fabrics used to produce garments and accessories and includes skills and knowledge required to guide the use and handling of fabrics. It includes sourcing information from reference material and industry specialists as well as conducting simple tests to identify fabric types and properties. Identification methods and tests covered by this unit are those where the procedure has already been determined and the range of outcomes established.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL3001B Identify fabric performance and handling requirements


1 Identify fibres and fabrics

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Appropriate identification methods are selected.

1.2  Identification methods are used to identify fabrics and component fibres.


2 Identify fabric performance characteristics

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Key performance characteristics of fabrics are identified and described.

2.2 Performance testing of fabrics is conducted.

2.3 Common problems and faults of fabrics are identified.

2.4 Fabric quality is identified using established quality indicators.

2.5  Performance of fabric is tested according to OHS practices.


3 Identify fabric handling requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Performance characteristics are used to describe appropriate uses of fabrics.

3.2 Fibre and fabric finishes and implications for handling are identified.

3.3 Care requirements in handling fabrics are identified.

3.4  Implications for production are identified.


4 Identify cleaning and labeling requirements

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Care and cleaning requirements of fabrics are identified.

4.2  Labelling requirements are identified according to Australian Standards.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements

Details of Learning Activities


Learning activities will include the following:

  • practical demonstrations in the production rooms
  • individual and class exercises to acquire and perfect demonstrated skills
  • group discussion and feedback sessions
  • independent project based work under simulated workplace conditions
  • Work practice at home including research
  • Blog/Wiki or other online discussion and participation


Depending on the group you have joined this program is delivered in the production rooms at RMIT's Brunswick Campus or in a community organisation. In both environments the intention is to provide a teaching space that simulates as much as possible workplace conditions.

Teaching Schedule

WeeksGeneralIdentify Fabric performance and handling requirementsHome Work
1Introduction to unitTerms and definitions 
2 Discuss labelling requirements and Australian Standards 
315 minutes review and check or discuss homework and outline today’s workCare Labelling and Content.Research care labelling and watch video on Fibre Characteristics and properties
  Induction session in library in research.  
  Manual –Fibre Characteristics and Properties. 
415 minutes review and check or discuss homework and outline today’s workDiscuss Fibre Characteristics and propertiesRead and start Manual
  Look at manual  
515 minutes review and check or discuss homework and outline today’s workDiscuss Care Labelling-Watch You Tube Video Continue Manual
615 minutes review and check or discuss homework and outline today’s workFabric Labelling Test 
715 minutes review and check or discuss homework and outline today’s workDiscuss Fabric ReportStudent to modify Fabric report
815 minutes review and check or discuss homework and outline today’s workStudent’s to bring to class homework from week 3  
  Includes Fabric Identification Sample (x 10}  
  Fabric report sheet{ you will need to modify the template} 
  Fabric Performance Test = burn and wash 
915 minutes review and check or discuss homework and outline today’s work Complete fabric performance report for circular skirt
1115 minutes review and check or discuss homework and outline today’s workDiscuss Sustainability of fabric for circular skirt  
  Fabric performance principles 
1415 minutes review and check or discuss homework and outline today’s workSubmit Fabric Report 
1615 minutes review and check or discuss homework and outline today’s work  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The production rooms are equipped with one lockstitch sewing machine per learner complete with all necessary bobbins and other equipment, including different feet and  attachments for hemming etc.  

One overlocker per group is also provided and patterns. drawing rules, drawing Instruments, cutting equipment, small tools, machine oil and sundry items, cutting table, fabric, material, yarn and other resources.

The student is expected to arrange for the use of a lockstitich machine (a domestic machine is sufficient) for practice and work on projects at home between sessions and to put together an equipment kit for personal use during the delivery session and for homework. The kit will include clippers, bobbins and bobbin case, tape measure, pins etc. A lsit of items will be given at induction. (Alternatively an equipment kit can be purchased from the School).

The student will also need access to the use a smart phone or computer with internet connection in order to upload pictures of their completed work.

In addition there are extensive resource in RMIT's libraries and in particular at Brunswick's Fashion and Textile collection which is of great interest to the student studying clothing production. In addition the library provides guides and subject specialist help via Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three assessments or projects. Assessments will be in the form of tests for underpinning knowledge and demonstration and observation of your abillity to identify fibres and fabrics, fabric performance characteristics, fabric handling requirements and cleaning and labeling requirements. Also by questioning for underpinning knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis whilst you are working on your skills and whilst working on your projects and relevant feedback will be given to allow you to develop towards competency. In addition you will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


AssessmentsActivityCommencement WeekAssessment due
 Fabric labelling Test  
 Report on 10 samples of fabric  


 Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the Program Coordinator.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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