Course Title: Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2017

Class Number: 3160

Class Section: SEA1

Course Code: VART6448C

Course Title: Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C3394 - Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

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

This includes identifying a wide range of fibres and fabrics used in the clothing industry. Fibres include natural and synthetic, and fabrics include knitted, woven and non-woven.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTGN2011 Identify fibres, fabrics and textiles used in the TCF industry


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 Distinguish types of TCF materials

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Recognise types of fibres and yarns, fabrics and textile materials used in the manufacture of clothing and textile products 2.2 Identify methods of distinguishing and identifying fibres, yarns or textile materials 2.3 Identify common and emerging fabrics used in the garment industry 2.4 Identify processes used on raw fibres, basic processed yarns or finished yarns to create textiles 2.5 Identify generic and trade names for common fabrics and textile materials


3 Identify characteristics of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify fibres used in construction of a variety of fabrics 3.2 Identify construction processes of a range of fabrics 3.3 Examine a range of fabric types and identify physical and visual qualities 3.4 Identify generic and trade names for common fabrics and textile materials


4 Distinguish methods of constructing fabric and textile material

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify the purposes of processing stages 4.2 Distinguish basic processes of spinning fibres into yarns or processing yarns into knitted, woven or non-woven textile material 4.3 Identify textile product construction processes 4.4 Identify uses of different types of fibres and yarns and their effects on finished products


5 Identify uses of fabrics and textiles

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify common uses of a variety of fabrics and labelling requirements 5.2 Identify a range of textile products and their end uses and labelling requirements 5.3 Identify methods of measuring fabric and textile material quality in an identified workplace 5.4 Identify the impact of quality on production processes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements

Details of Learning Activities


Learning activities will include the following:

  • practical demonstrations in the production rooms
  • individual and class exercises to acquire and perfect demonstrated skills
  • group discussion and feedback sessions
  • independent project based work under simulated workplace conditions
  • Work practice at home including research
  • Blog/Wiki or other online discussion and participation


Depending on the group you have joined this program is delivered in the production rooms at RMIT's Brunswick Campus or in a community organisation. In both environments the intention is to provide a teaching space that simulates as much as possible workplace conditions.

Teaching Schedule

WeeksActivitiesHome Work
1Introduce Fabric and fibresPrepare Folder
2Set up folder using different Fibres and fabric samplesCollect different Fibre and Fabric samples
3 Introduce manual (fibre characteristics).1/ Review F & F and Quality manuals and answer questions to review in class. 
  2/ Watch YouTube video - FABRIC
4Discuss You tube video for  FABRIC 
5Start Fabric File.- Do 1 example in class with group.1/ Do 4 more fabric samples
  2/ Complete Samples for folder
6Fabric discussion and Handling of fabrics - right and wrong ways. Introduce  Trims. Complete Fabric FileUpload picture of fabric & trim samples 
7Fabrication and handling of fabric (Care label) for Tote bagReview lesson learnt on  Tote Bag 
8 (Tote Bag).fabric information- complete Spec SheetUpload picture of Tote Bag - comment on a lesson learnt
9Fabrication and handling of fabric for Happy Pant Review lesson learnt on Happy Pant
10 (Happy Pant) fabric information- complete Spec SheetUpload picture of Happy pant – comment on a lesson learnt
11Weave exercise - Plain, twill and satinStudy knit and non-woven fabrics using fabric file sheet.
12Review knit, discuss hand knit - terminology; garter, pearl/plain.  YouTube Video – KNIT. Complete Weave Samples1/ Finish knit sample. 
  2/ Simple care labelling of all 5 fabric files from week 5.
13Discuss You tube video for knit fabricWrite comment 
14Fabrication and handling of fabric for “Child’s shirt”Review lesson learnt on Child’s Shirt-comment on lesson learnt
15Attach labels - care, brand, size, complete  primary and secondary labelling exerciseUpload picture of Child shirt - comment
16Folder presentation share information to the groupUpload photo of student's folder on G+/Facebook and write comments about what you have learnt on Fibres & Fabrics

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The production rooms are equipped with one lockstitch sewing machine per learner complete with all necessary bobbins and other equipment, including different feet and  attachments for hemming etc.  

One overlocker per group is also provided and patterns. drawing rules, drawing Instruments, cutting equipment, small tools, machine oil and sundry items, cutting table, fabric, material, yarn and other resources.

The student is expected to arrange for the use of a lockstitich machine (a domestic machine is sufficient) for practice and work on projects at home between sessions and to put together an equipment kit for personal use during the delivery session and for homework. The kit will include clippers, bobbins and bobbin case, tape measure, pins etc. A lsit of items will be given at induction. (Alternatively an equipment kit can be purchased from the School).

The student will also need access to the use a smart phone or computer with internet connection in order to upload pictures of their completed work.

In addition there are extensive resource in RMIT's libraries and in particular at Brunswick's Fashion and Textile collection which is of great interest to the student studying clothing production. In addition the library provides guides and subject specialist help via Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three assessments or projects. Assessments will be in the form of tests for underpinning knowledge and demonstration and observation of your ability to identify fibres and fabrics, describe fabric construction processes and qualities of fabric plus determining the uses of fabrics.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on an ongoing basis whilst you are working on your skills and whilst working on your projects and relevant feedback will be given to allow you to develop towards competency. In addition you will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

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


AssessmentsTask NameCommencement WeekAssessment dueComments
Assessment 1Fabric FileWeek 5Week 6Use template
Assessment 2Weave SamplesWeek 11Week 12Exercise using paper
Assessment 3Care LabelsWeek 15Week 15Primary and secondary labelling exercise


 Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through the Program Coordinator.

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, including online submissions.



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 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 require 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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