Course Title: Work in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EMPL5588C

Course Title: Work in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6082 - Advanced 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: 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

This is a core unit

Course Description

The unit applies to all sectors in the TCF industry. It may be applied to a specific sector but must include production processes and flow of product from raw materials through to distribution. 
It will also include  identification of applicable legislation, guidelines and workplace practices for the relevant sector.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTGN2003B Work in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry


Describe workplace processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant TCFsectors are identified.
1.2 Industry representatives and their roles are identified.


Identify key industry representatives

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relevant legislation and guidelines common to employment within TCF sector are identified.
2.2 Rights, responsibilities and legal obligations are identified.
2.3 Concepts of product quality in workplace are identified.
2.4 Employability skills for workplace production are identified


Identify production processes and supply chains

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Workplace materials are identified.
3.2 Workplace production processes for converting materials into products are identified.
3.3 Workplace supply chains for products are identified.


Identify relevant legislation and guidelines

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Workplace practices are identified.
4.2 Key activities of workplace are described.
4.3 Key personnel and their roles are identified.
4.4 OHS practices are identified.
4.5 Workplace areas or departments and their role in the production process are identified


Learn skills for productive work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Required skills for current work role are identified.
5.2 Skill limitations are identified.
5.3 Opportunities for further skill development are identified.
5.4 Plan for learning required skills is developed with or accepted from the supervisor.
5.5 Learning and development activities are participated in.


Manage own work

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Responsibility is taken for own work tasks and role.
6.2 Initiative is used to articulate ideas and suggestions for improvements in own work processes
6.3 Problem-solving strategies are used to address problems, inconsistencies or concerns when fulfilling work role
6.4 Own work is monitored against workplace standards and areas for improvement identified and acted upon
6.5 Work effectively and cooperatively with others in work team.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrates skills to:
• identify key industry and workplace processes and representatives
• access information as required
• question and make inquiries
• read, interpret and follow information on work specifications, standard operating procedures and work instructions, and other reference material
• maintain accurate records
• communicate within the workplace
• sequence operations
• meet specifications
• clarify and check task-related information
• carry out work according to OHS practices
Required knowledge
Demonstrates knowledge of:
• key industry and workplace processes and representatives
• applicable legislation
• industry terminology and acronyms
• quality standards and practices
• OHS practices, including hazard identification and control measures
• workplace practices
• recording and reporting practices

Details of Learning Activities

Will include lectures, tutorials, on-line activities, workshops where students are challenged to reflect and debate on different value positions, concepts and issues.

You will be required to participate in case study learning, problem solving activities, self-reflection and discussion.

Activities will encourage both individual and group based learning responsibilities

You will be required to attend off campus industry visits and to guest speakers from varied TCF industries

Teaching Schedule

Week 1:

 Introduction to Term 1’s objectives.
Assessment overview & discussion – Tasks 1 & 2
Warm-up exercise: Effective personal time management considerations
SMART goals/objectives discussed – personal level leads to management level
7 Habits of effective people.

Assess Task 1 issued: Individual activity - questions & answers Quizzes x 3 on 3 excursions

Week 2:

Guest Speaker: Lyndon Medina. Topic: If my timing is right.

Discussion: Teams and motivation - What is a team? - Stages of team development - What are motivators? - What motivates me? Give example – what teams are needed. Group vs team. Industry relies on team
What is Communication - Perceptions, Barriers, Workplace communication, Learning styles, Working styles
Discussion: Gantt charts for Project & production time management come up with a Gantt chart for managing time for project production chart/weekly planner

Week 3:

Overview of the TCF industry – websites of major players.
TFIA team player
What do you think about industry now? Where do you see yourself within that?

Brainstorm what makes up the TCF industry. Students elect speaker.
Student activity in small groups – research local, national, international small, medium, large textile manufacturers. Report back to class.
Field trip: RMIT Footwear Dept & Clothing Production Dept -

Week 4:

Field trip: Quiz activity x 1
Geccu Knitting Australia
Business Type: Knitted Clothing Manufacturers
Meet: 257 Lygon St Brunswick Time: 02:00 pm

Week 5: 

Submit Gantt charts/time management charts

 Review - field trip. Management concepts. What is Management? What are the main functions of management?
What do managers/supervisors do? (week 3 DVD basic ‘what is management’)

Week 6:

 Labour Day Public Holiday -

Week 7: 

 Supply chains discussed.
DVD: Behind the Labels – Garment Workers on US Saipan.
Discussion: what is our ethical responsibility?

Week 8:

TCF industry representative as Guest Speaker: . Guest speaker from small business model
Assessment Task 2 & 3 issued & discussed: Team reports 

Week 9:

Field trip: Quiz activity x 2
Flockmaster & Grashan Australia Pty Ltd
Business Type: Clothing & Fashion-wear Printing & Transfer Services
Meet: 108 Regent St Preston Time: 02:00 pm

Easter Monday Public Holiday - 09.04.2012

Week 10:

TCF industry representative as Guest Speaker: TBA Jo Kellock from TFIA
Topic: Learning skills for productive work
Review - field trip 2 & quiz.
Class study group

Week 11: 

PROFAB:  dying methods

 Week 12:

Review field trip to Profab
Written & Discussion Topic: Production and Ethics in the international TCF Industry
Written & Discussion Topic: Individual Differences, Values and interests, Group dynamics, Group cohesion
Course and assessment review. Overview of remaining sessions

Week 13:

Field trip: Quiz activity x 3
Business Type: Woven textiles –Dandenong meet 2.45 pm

Week 14:

Viewing of DVD: Counter Culture. Manufacturing & retailing luxury items in Italy
Task 1 submitted for assessment. Quizzes x 3 on 3 excursions. The way and where you sell your product – how it’s sold – go to market on weekend own time
Group learning activity – preparation & completion of assessment tasks in Library.

Week 15: Field trip: Galleria Tessuti - Fabrics & Fibres – Nicole cleaver
Business Type: Importing internationally, Wholesaling & Retailing, nationally
Meet: 8 Cubitt St Richmond Time: 02:30 pm

Week 16

Class study group in Library. Class to engage in team learning activities – preparation & completion of assessment tasks.

week 17

Submit final assessment tasks

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Work-Safe Victoria’s 2000 Code of Practice for Manual Handling
Work-Safe Victoria’s 2007 Consultation on Health & Safety
Australian Textiles & Fashion – Library copies available however not for loan
Technical Textiles International – Library copies available however not for loan


No prescribed references

Other Resources

Standard writing kit, notepad, presentation booklets, U.S.B. 4 gigabytes minimum
Own transport to and from excursion sites - refer to weekly planner.

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

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 submissions will not be graded higher than a PASS.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks
1. Individual Gantt chart/ time management chart for semester (20%)

2. Group report outlining 3 industries in TCF (20%)

3. Individual Quiz from 3 x 3 excursions (30%)

4. Group report:
• Work place incident report (30%)
• work place sequence of operation report (30%)

total 100%

Assessment Matrix

Element 1: identify key industry representatives

group report 4

group report 2

individual quizz 3

Element 2. Identify relevant legislation and guidelinesgroup report 4

individual quizz 3
Element 3. Identify production processes and supply chainsgroup report 4

group report 2

individual quizz 3
Element 4. Describe workplace processes

group report 4

group report 2

individual quizz 3

Element 5. Learn skills for productive work group report 4

group report 2

individual quizz 3

individual task 1
Element 6. Manage own work individual task 1

Other Information

This course is run concurrently with Organise and Plan Own Work MANU 5919C and the assessment is inbedded in both courses

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