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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

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

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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


1. Identify types and characteristics of textile materials

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Types of fibres and yarns or textile materials used in the manufacture of textile products are identified.
1.2 Quality of fibres, yarns or textile materials is identified.
1.3 Methods of measuring textile material quality in the workplace are identified.
1.4 Generic and trade names for textile materials are identified.


2. Identify stages of processing fibres or yarns.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Processes used on raw fibres, basic processed yarns or finished yarns are described.
2.2 The purposes of processing stages are explained.
2.3 Basic processes of spinning fibres into yarns or processing yarns into knitted, woven or nonwoven textile product are explained.


3. Describe methods of constructing textile products.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Textile products and their end uses are identified.
3.2 Uses of different types of fibres or yarns and their effects on finished products are identified.
3.3 Textile product construction processes are explained.
3.4 Impact of quality on production processes is identified.

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.
This unit is a core unit and is delivered and assessed concurrently with VART 5920C Identify Fibres and Fabrics.  Competency will be assessed  by the successful completion of combined tasks and project work.

Teaching Schedule

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

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

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 Paper making from recycled paper.

Week 7 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 8 Identify fibres, using microscope, burning and other methods. Complete Fibre Identification chart.

Week 9 Spinning processes Worsted, woolen, cotton systems, staple and filament spinning. Identify fancy yarns. Calculate tex of selected yarns Complete quiz What fibre is that?

Week 10 Different types of weaves using paper. Review regenerated and synthetic samples which will form part of folio.

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. Felting research assignment Review Knitted samples which will form part of folio.

Week 15 Felt making. Make a scarf or bag.

Week 16 Fabric library presentations. Power Point presentation of Fabric Library.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

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

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

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

Assessment Matrix



Fibre Property
Definition Demonstration


Research assignment




Sample folio on-going.


Identify types and characteristics of textile materials     X     X     X    
Identify stages of processing fibres or yarns            X
Describe method of constructing textile products       X     X

Other Information

This unit is a core unit and is concurrently delivered and assessed with VART 5920C Identify Fibres and Fabrics and assessment tasks will be assessed through combined project work.

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.

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