Course Title: Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2020

Class Number: 3918

Class Section: KELP

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Course Code: MIET7614C

Course Title: Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3394 - Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

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


Course Description

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge to identify fibres and fabrics commonly used in the construction of garments and accessories.

This includes identifying a wide range of fibres and fabrics used in the clothing industry. Fibres include natural and synthetic, and fabrics include knitted, woven and non-woven.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTGN2013 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry


1. Distinguish types of TCF materials and production processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Distinguish types of fibres and yarns, fabrics and textile materials used in manufacture of clothing and textile products 1.2 Identify methods of distinguishing and identifying fibres, yarns and textile materials 1.3 Identify common and emerging fabrics used in garment industry 1.4 Identify processes used on raw fibres, basic processed yarns, and finished yarns to create textiles


2. Identify characteristics of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify fibres used in the construction of different fabrics 2.2 Identify construction processes of different fabrics 2.3 Examine a range of fabric types and identify their physical and visual qualities 2.4 Identify generic and trade names for common fabrics and textile materials


3. Distinguish methods of constructing fabric and textile material

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify purposes of different stages in textile product construction process 3.2 Distinguish basic processes of spinning fibres into yarns and processing yarns into knitted, woven and non-woven textile material 3.3 Identify textile product construction processes 3.4 Identify uses of different types of fibres and yarns and their effects on finished products


4. Identify uses of fabrics and textiles

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify common uses of a range of fabrics and labelling requirements 4.2 Identify textile products and their end uses and labelling requirements 4.3 Identify and measure fabric and textile material quality for identified purpose 4.4 Identify impact of quality on production processes

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:

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

Teaching Schedule

While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.





Home Work


Introduce Fibres and Fabric subject and technology. Introduce format for setting up folder for fibre and fabrics samples.


Set up folder using different Fibres and fabric samples. Give out Assessment 1 Student Guide and Sample Templates.


Introduce Fibre Characteristics Manual.

Start Fabric File. - Do 1 example in class with group.


Discuss You tube videos on Cotton, Linen and other Natural Fibres

Discuss Fibres and Fabrics Properties Definitions using Handout


Continue Fabric File.

Discuss Wool Presentation Hand out (From Aus Wool Ind Workshop)

Prepare Folder, Study Extra Resources Part 1 (Fibres and Fabrics Overview  Powerpoint on CANVAS)

Collect different Fibre and Fabric samples

Bring to class magazine clippings of garments. Study Extra Resources Part 2 (Natural fibres, Plant fibres and Wool Powerpoints on CANVAS)


1/ Review F & F and Quality manuals and answer questions to review in class.

2/ Search for and watch the following YouTube videos

–      Australian Cotton, from Seed to Sock

–      How Linen Is Made

The Best Fabrics For Your Wardrobe | Natural Fiber Guide


Study Extra Resources Part 2A (Yarns Powerpoint on CANVAS)


1/ Collect 4 more different fabric samples

2/ Complete Files for folder


Fabric discussion and Handling of fabrics - right and wrong ways. Introduce Trims. Complete Fabric File

Upload picture of fabric & trim samples to CANVAS. Study Extra Resources Part 3 (Regenerated and Synthetic Fibres Powerpoint and Fibre Properties Extract on CANVAS)


Fabrication and handling of fabric (Care label) for Tote bag

Discuss Labelling requirements using Handout

Review lesson learnt on Tote Bag


(Tote Bag) Fabric information- complete Spec Sheet

Upload picture of Tote Bag - comment on a lesson learnt


Fabrication and handling of fabric for Child shorts

Review lessons learnt for child shorts


 (Shorts) fabric information- complete Spec Sheet

Upload picture child short – comment on lessons learnt


Give out Assessment 2 Student Guide and discuss and student begins Weave Activity to construct plain, twill and satin weaves in class. Give out and discuss Woven Fabrics Examples information handout.

Study knit and non-woven fabrics using Woven Fabrics Examples information handout. Resource Non-Woven and Knit fabrics. Study Extra Resources Part 4 (Weave Part1, Weave Part 2 Powerpoints on CANVAS)


Review knit, discuss hand knit - terminology; garter, pearl/plain.  Search and view YouTube Video on Knits. Complete and submit Weave Activity Samples started in week 11.

1/ Finish knit sample (hand knitting)

2/ Simple care labelling of all 4 fabric files from week 5.


Give out Assessment 2 Student Guide and Sample Templates

1/ Study Extra Resources Part 5 (Knit Powerpoint on CANVAS) Watch You Tube Video: Basic of Knitting | Warp and Weft Knitting Mechanism ||


Fabrication and handling of fabric for “Child’s shirt”

Discuss You tube video Basic of Knitting | Warp and Weft Knitting Mechanism and Knit Powerpoint from CANVAS

Review lessons learnt on Child’s Shirt.


Attach labels - care, brand, size, complete  primary and secondary labels



Complete child’s shirt

Upload photo of Child shirt on CANVAS




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Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The student will also need access to a computer with internet connection.


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.


The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

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.

Watch this short video on Getting started with fashion and textiles library resources

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 ability to identify fibres and fabrics, describe fabric construction processes and qualities of fabric plus determining the uses of fabrics.

Assessment Tasks

Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.


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.


Task Name

Commencement Week

Assessment due


Assessment 1


Fabric Identification Sheets – Part 1 of 2

Week 2

Week 4 observation and 15 submission

Use templates

Assessment 2


Weave Samples

Week 11

Week 12

Exercise using paper





Assessment 3


Fabric Identification Sheets – Part 2 of 2

Week 13

Week 15

Use templates










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 Program Administration 

Other Information

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


The statement of student responsibilities summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.



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.


Student Progress:

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


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

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


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.


Special consideration Policy

If you wish to apply for special consideration, follow this link for the procedure.


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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