Course Title: Identify fibres, yarns and textile materials and their uses in textile production

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: MKTG5756C

Course Title: Identify fibres, yarns and textile materials and their uses in textile production

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259201

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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

To successfully complete this unit you must be concurrently enrolled in VART 5902C Identify Fibres and Fabrics

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to identify fibres and fabrics commonly used in the construction of garments and accessories.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTX2001B Identify fibres, yarns and textile materials and their uses in textile production

Learning Outcomes

In this unit you will be required to develop the skills and knowledge as it applies to identifying a wide range of fibres and fabrics used in the textile clothing and  footwear and associated industries.

Fibres include natural and synthetic, and fabrics in include knitted, woven and non-woven.

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning, consisting of classroom activities, practical workshops and preparation of folio of samples, consisting of fibres, yarns and fabrics.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1  Introduction. Overview/discussion of different staple/filament fibres and fabric constructions. View Clothing Fibres DVD. OHS requirements.

Week 2  Create a fibre classification chart. Introduction to Wool and its uses. Fleece types and uses. Fibre samples. Property definitions to be researched.

Week 3 Types of Animal Fibres and their uses. Fibre samples. Discuss and demonstrate property definitions.

Week 4 Production of Silk, properties and uses. View Splendor of Silk. Fibre samples.

Week 5 Plant fibres (cellulose) Types and properties add information to fibre property chart. Fibre samples. Review Animal fibre samples which will form part of folio.

Week 6 Regenerated and Synthetic fibres. Types and Properties add to chart. Uses of fibres. Samples. Review Plant fibre samples which will form part of folio.

Week 7 Identify fibres, using microscope, burning and other methods.Complete Fibre Identification chart.

Week 8
Excursion to Melbourne Museum. Look at use and history of plant fibres by indigenous people. Complete Museum questionnaire.

Week 9 Spinning processes Worsted, woolen, cotton systems, staple and filament spinning. Identify fancy yarns. Calculate TeX of selected yarns Review completed Museum questionnaire

Week 10 Different types of weaves using paper. Review regenerated and synthetic samples which will form part of folio. Complete quiz What fibre is that?

Week 11 Examine woven samples of fabrics. Include Pile, jacquard etc

Week 12 Weft Knit Use needles and other methods. Examine samples. Review woven samples which will form part of folio.

Week 13 Warp knits discuss and examine samples of fabric. Allocate Fabric Library topics.

Week 14 Non woven fabrics different processes. Introduction to felting. Felt a sample. Review Knitted samples which will form part of folio.

Week 15 Felt making. Make a hat or bag. Felting research assignment.

Week 16 Paper making.

Week 17 Fabric library presentations. Power Point presentation of Fabric Library.

Week 18 Fabric library presentations. Power Point presentation of Fabric Library.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

E.P.G.Gohl and L. D. Vilensky, Textiles for Modern Living Sara J, Kadolph, Textiles Tenth Edition The Textile Institute, Textile terms and Definitions Anne Fritz, Consumer Textiles   Martin Hardingham, Illustrated Dictionary of Fabrics


Other Resources

Clothing Fibres Video/DVD

Overview of Assessment

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class.  Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.

This course comprises both practical and theory components.  You will be expected to attend and participate in class activities.

As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times and participate in formal assessment tasks.

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt.

Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.
All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a PASS.

PLEASE NOTE: work that has not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be considered for assessment.

Assessment Tasks

1. Fibre/Fabric Property definitions.  Research a given fibre/fabric property and prepare class presentation.

2. Fibre identification chart.  Complete a chart using a variety of methods to identify fibres.

3. Museum questionnaire.  Attend excursion to Melbourne museum and complete questionnaire.

4. What fibre is that?   Complete quiz relating to all fibres studied.

5. Felting assignment.  Select a related felt making topic and prepare a written report.

6. Fabric Library presentation. Research required information relevant to allocated fabrics and present in the form of a power point presentation.

7. Folio of samples.  Samples to be collected weekly in class and collated by student into a folio which will be reviewed periodically. 

Assessment Matrix



What fibre
Research assignment
Sample folio on going.
Identify types and characteristics of textile materials  X  X  X X  X  X  X
Identify stages of processing fibres or yarns  X  X   X   X  X
Describe method of constructing textile products  X   X   X  X  X

Other Information

This unit may be assessed independently or in combination with other relevant units.

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework and in class exercises, written tests, practical problem solving exercises and practical tests. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Course Overview: Access Course Overview