Course Title: Select raw materials

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: MANU7396C

Course Title: Select raw materials

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4404 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Betty Kanzurovski

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9232

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 use a variety of different fibres and materials to experiment to create new and different 2D and 3D effects. You will learn to identify commonly used techniques and apply your skills and knowledge to a variety of manipulation processes. Through considered exploration you will use a variety of manipulation processes as a tool to inform your design decisions and to make modifications to achieve interesting textile outcomes.

This Unit of Competency is clustered for delivery and assessment. The other Unit of Competency in this clustered course is:

  • MSTTD4010 Apply manipulation techniques to create experimental textile samples

These units are clustered for holistic delivery and assessment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTX3008 Select raw materials


1. Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) 1.2 Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times 1.3 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs 1.4 Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2. Prepare to select raw materials

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm requirements for the selection of raw materials and clarify, if necessary 2.2 Select raw materials appropriate for the designated use


3. Check raw materials

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Verify specification of raw materials 3.2 Check selected raw materials are suitable and satisfy quality standards and workplace procedures 3.3 Compare data with standards or other reference materials and record results


4. Report on raw materials

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Document and record raw materials using appropriate worksheets and information systems 4.2 Collate and analyse documentation against specifications 4.3 Interpret documentation and report outcomes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to select a variety of raw materials, such as wool, cotton yarn and synthetic or chemical dyes to use in textile samples. Through the experimental process, you will record the properties of a variety of raw materials and complete documentation to report on designated end uses.  

Details of Learning Activities

 Throughout this course you will engage in various learning activities which will include the following:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • seminars/workshops
  • design activities or projects
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • research
  • independent project based work
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Teaching Schedule


Key topics

Key learning and assessment activities

Due dates




Session 1






Introduction to experimental textiles – research, processes, outcomes, key artists and designers.

Introduction to assessment 1 – Repair and reuse

Presentation of examples of work, and a rundown of what you need to bring to the next class.

Technique: rag weaving on a frame loom

Homework: bring fabric scraps


Session 2


Warm up: Darning

Technique: Boro/patchwork


Session 3


Stitch and Dissolve


Session 4

Repair as embellishment

Repair as embellishment/Darning as a design feature


Session 5


Excursion to various spaces in the CBD (Craft Victoria, ATW)Special properties of synthetic fabrics


Assessment 1 due

Session 6

Plastic Fantastic

Sublimation printing

Preparing and boiling samples for thermoplastic manipulation


Session 7


Embroidery, beading and other decorative surfaces


Session 8


Melt off

Rust printing


Session 9


Wet felting  & felting onto fabrics

Homework: research & gather materials for assessment 3



Session 10

Beginning a self-directed project

Discussion around undertaking self-directed projects

Project timeline

Research and brainstorming

Preparation for initial sampling


Session 11


Supervised studio time for creating samples

Assessment 2 due

Session 12


Demonstration on textile construction techniques

Basics of sewing with a domestic sewing machine


Session 13


Group critique of work completed so far


Session 14


Supervised studio time


Session 15


Written reflection and self-assessment, submission of assessment

Assessment 3 due

Session 16




Note: While all course content in this schedule will be covered, the weekly order may change depending on class needs and availability of resources.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There is a list of references for your use in the Experimental Workbook that is supplied to you in class.

 You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

 You will be supplied with materials in class to enable you to complete the different activities. 

 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.

 You will be required to provide scissors, rulers, glue stick and pens.

Overview of Assessment

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

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments.

Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:
CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

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 which are available for review online:

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Reuse and repair
Due date: Week 5

This assessment will introduce you to a range of textile repair and reuse options. You will be collecting scrap fabrics and learning a variety of techniques to transform textile waste into functional textile fabrics, and also distressing fabric so that you can apply repair techniques to your samples so that you can use these when repairing your textiles in the future.


Assessment Task 2: Technique of the Week
Due date Week 11

In this assessment, you will be introduced to a range of techniques and create multiple samples. After your initial experiments, you will create a range of samples exploring the capabilities of these techniques and their associated materials. This will give you the ability to explore the boundaries of textile manipulation creatively and independently and enable you to develop your skills to refine your textile samples.


Assessment Task 3: Remix
Due date:Week 15

The aim of this project is to enable you to identify potential end uses for some of the techniques we have covered and test these ideas. You will need to create a collection of samples mixing the techniques we have covered so far.

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:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work


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 spoken and written 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 requires 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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