BSc Fashion Technology / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Fibre, Yarn & Fabric Technology

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS22902
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 5
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Materials
Available as a free choice unit? No


Students will be introduced to both basic and advanced Fibre, yarn and fabric technologies and their importance in the technical textiles sector. The emphasis will be more on ‘product’ and its relation to an end use, with the help of fabric structures. This is an underpinning manufacturing technology module for technology students.


The programme unit aims to:

Build upon the knowledge gained from Product Analysis modules, gain a sound understanding of yarn formation, weaving and knitting technologies as well as computerised weaving and knitting.

  • Explain working knowledge of the main textile manufacturing techniques;
  • Explain the basic textile production processes for fibre, yarn and fabric;
  • Explain the main product performance parameters for fibre, yarn and fabric;
  • Explain the relationship between the performance of textile products and the production techniques used;
  • Explain the importance and usage of CAD/CAM in textile manufacturing.


Learning outcomes

A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Intellectual skills
  • Practical skills
  • Transferable skills and personal qualities


Teaching and learning methods

This unit is delivered by lectures (nominally 24 lecture hours) supported by assessed laboratory classes (nominally 18 hours).



Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate additional knowledge of the processes involved in fibre, yarn production, knitting and weaving;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of woven and knit fabric structures;
  • Demonstrate expertise of textile CAD/CAM.

Contributing to developing A2, A10, programme specification learning outcomes.

  • A2 have acquired a good knowledge of the basic engineering principles whereby fibres are used and converted into yarns, fabrics and finished products;
  • A10 an understanding of product requirement, innovation and cost issues in relation to the production and usage of textile materials.


Intellectual skills


  • To appreciate the technical complexity of yarn production, weaving and knitting and be able to communicate, to different degrees of effectiveness, with all practitioners (technical staff, fabric buyers, sales representatives and senior business managers) in the textile supply chain.

These contributes to developing B1, B2, B3, B4 and B6 in the programme specification learning outcomes, of which B1, B2, B3 and B4 are assessed:

  • B1 - be able to express mathematical and technological information with clarity, logic and accuracy;
  • B2 - problem-solving and decision making abilities using appropriate quantitative and qualitative skills including identifying, formulating and solving business and technical problems associated, in particular, with the fashion and textile industries;
  • B3 - an ability to exercise original thinking and the ability to create, evaluate and assess a range of options together with the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a range of situations pertaining to materials and their applications;
  • B4 - exercise original thinking in the analysis and evaluation of textile materials & structures, and their applications.

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate the application of technology with regard to the design of yarns and fabrics; use CAD within the design process.

Contributing to developing C3, C10 programme specification learning outcomes.

  • C3 safely use appropriate manufacturing (knitting, weaving, spinning) systems to produce textile structures;
  • C10 an ability to identify and employ appropriate sources of information.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Manage resources and time (including working to deadlines);
  • Work independently and be self-reliant;
  • Assess the relevance and the importance of the ideas of others.

Contributing to developing D3, D6, D11 programme specification learning outcomes.

  • D3 an ability to solve problems;
  • D6 effective self-management in terms of time, resources, planning and behaviour motivation, self-starting, individual initiative and enterprise;
  • D11 critical awareness the ability to analyse information and experiences, formulate independent judgements and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation; formulate reasoned responses to the critical judgements of others; identify personal strengths and needs.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%

Feedback methods

Feedback given written and verbally.


Recommended reading

Recommended reading for lectures delivered by Dr. Hugh Gong

Books for General Reference

Peter R. Lord, Handbook of yarn production: science, technology and economics. Textile Institute / CRC ; Cambridge : Woodhead

W. Klein, The Technology of Short Staple Spinning, Vol.1. Text. Inst

W. Klein, A practical guide to the blowroom and carding, Manchester : Textile Institute 2nd ed.

W. Klein, A practical guide to combing, drawing and the roving frame, Text. Inst.

W. Klein, A practical guide to ring spinning, Text. Inst.

R. H. Gong, R. Wright, Fancy yarns: Their manufacture and application,  Woodhead.

E. Oxtoby, Spun yarn technology. London : Butterworths

W. Klein, New Spinning Systems, Text. Inst.


Recommended reading for lectures delivered by Dr. Xiaogang Chen

Books for General Reference

Doris Georner, Woven Structures and Design, Part 1

Doris Georner, Woven Structures and Design, Part 2

Z. J. Grosicki, Watson’s Textile Design and Colour

Z. J. Grosicki, Watson's Advanced Textile Design

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 176

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Anura Fernando Unit coordinator

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