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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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 on the manufacture of textiles products are identified.
1.2 Quality of fibres, yarns or textiles 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

Learning activities for this unit will comprise a combination of class presentations, group work, individual research assignments and folio preparation.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1    Introduction. Overview/discussion of 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 Splendour 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. Making paper from a selection of plant fibres, including recycled.

Week 7    Regenerated and Synthetic fibres. Types and properties, add to fibre property 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. Allocate Generic and Tradename Fibre/Yarn/Fabric Research

Week 9    Spinning processes Worsted, woollen, cotton systems, staple and filament spinning.
Identify fancy yarns. Calculate tex of selected yarns
EASTER BREAK Thursday 5 APRIL – Wednesday 11 APRIL

Week 10    Fibre/Fabric Research Assignment Presentation

Week 11 Different types of weaves using paper. Review regenerated and synthetic samples which will form part of folio.

Week 12    Examine Woven samples of fabrics. Include Pile, jacquard etc
Allocate Fabric Library topics

Week 13    Weft Knit Use needles and other methods.Warp knits discuss and examine samples of fabric. Examine samples.
Review woven samples which will form part of folio.

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 scarf or bag.

Week 16    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 Eleventh Edition
The Textile Institute, Textile terms and Definitions
Anne Fritz, Consumer Textiles
Martin Hardingham, Illustrated Dictionary of Fabrics 

Other Resources

Clothing Fibres - DVD
Splendid Silk - DVD
Nylon - DVD
Students will be expected to research fibres and fabrics and will be expected to source various samples to complete assessment of the fabric library. 

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

All assessment tasks must be completed to a satisfactory level to be deemed competent for this course.
Ungraded assessment tasks -
•    Fibre/Fabric Property definitions. (Ungraded)
Research a given fibre/fabric property and prepare class presentation.

Graded assessment tasks –
1.    Sample Folio. (Graded) Folio of relevant samples collected during class by students. Samples to be clearly labelled. Folio will be reviewed at intervals according to weekly planner.

2.    Generic and Tradename Research Assignment (Graded)
Investigation of allocated Fibre/Yarn/Fabric
Once all assessment tasks are completed to a satisfactory level and you have been deemed competent for this course, Graded Assessment Tasks 1 and 2 will be graded and you may be eligible to receive a grade of Pass to High Distinction based on the work presented.

Assessment Matrix

Element                                    Property
Definition                  (ungraded)
Generic and Tradename                       
Research (graded)          
Sample folio                     
1.  Identify types and characteristics of textile materials     X     X     X
2.  Identify stages of processing fibres or yarns      X     X
3.  Describe methods of constructing textile products           X     X

Other Information

This unit may be assessed independently or in combination with other relevant units. Students will be advised in advance of multiple unit assessment.
Students must comply with OHS policies and procedures and wear fully covered shoes and protective in all workshop environments.

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