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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Historical developments and contemporary factors that influence the Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries are critically analysed. Students explain the properties and performance of a range of textile fibres, yarns and fabric. Manufacturing processes are described and experimentation is applied to analyse the molecular and morphological structure and properties of fibres and fabrics. Colouring techniques are selected and functional end-use applications of textiles are identified. Innovations and emerging textile technologies are explored and discussed.

Unit content

Topic 1: Fibre science

Topic 2: Textile science principles and processes

Topic 3: Yarn technology fundamentals

Topic 4: Woven fabric technology

Topic 5: Non-woven fabric technology

Topic 6: Knitted fabric technology

Topic 7: Colouration science principles and processes

Topic 8: Finishing technology and fabric performance enhancement

Topic 9: Textile innovation and emerging technologies

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the relationship between molecular and morphological structure and the properties of fibres
2 describe the structure and properties of a range of textile yarns and fabric
3 identify the use of finishing techniques to enhance fabric performance
4 identify principles and processes of colour to fibres, yarns and fabrics
5 apply a range of functional and aesthetic tests to evaluate fabric properties
6 identify appropriate fabrics for a range of end uses
7 critically analyse the history of and contemporary aspects for the Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the relationship between molecular and morphological structure and the properties of fibres
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. describe the structure and properties of a range of textile yarns and fabric
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. identify the use of finishing techniques to enhance fabric performance
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. identify principles and processes of colour to fibres, yarns and fabrics
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. apply a range of functional and aesthetic tests to evaluate fabric properties
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. identify appropriate fabrics for a range of end uses
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  7. critically analyse the history of and contemporary aspects for the Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Peters, L & Castle, C, 2013, Textiles and design: Preliminary and HSC , Nelson Cengage Learning, South Melbourne Victoria. ISBN: 978-0170210713 .
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.