BSc Fashion Buying and Merchandising

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Garment Production Technology

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS21201
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 5
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Materials
Available as a free choice unit? No


The Clothing Technology aspects of the Year 1 and 2 Garment Technology Units are designed to be closely linked with a common theme continuing the development of student knowledge of garment construction, quality analysis, and industry standard testing procedures. 



This handbook should be read in conjunction with the Department of Materials Undergraduate or Postgraduate Programme Handbook which can be found on the Undergraduate/Postgraduate Virtual Common Room on Blackboard

The assignment introduces additional processes used in the manufacture of both light weight and heavy weight clothing, of garment construction to produce samples for mass industrial production. Developing key commercial skills required by analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of garment manufacturing techniques, seams and stitch types from sample stage to full mass production. Students further the development of technical specifications required of a of a sample garment, leading to producible, saleable and profitable garments. Both an analysis and evaluation of the costing and economic elements of garment development and manufacture of wholesale production will be undertaken.

The examination is based upon both Colour and Fabric Testing principles and practises, continuing the employment of industry standards of garment manufacturing techniques to improve communication of design issues.



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 will make use of a variety of learning and teaching processes including: lectures, laboratories, group activities and independent study. Blackboard will be used to present lecture notes, guided reading, articles and other information. Blackboard may also be utilised for assessment using Turnitin.



Knowledge and understanding

A.      Students will perform an analysis of textile testing results to enable scientific evaluation and enable the fitness for purpose of a variety of materials.

B.      Evaluate the properties and performance in textile fabrics and materials in garment construction and select the most suitable for the assembly and construction of a garment/s.

C.      Apply accurate body measurements to garments using a set of specified standards provided by the lecturer.  

D.      Differentiate specialised machinery, attachments and work aids. Such as garment finishing techniques; vacuum press, steam, pressure and temperature.

E.       Demonstrate knowledge textile materials, equipment and mathematics required in clothing manufacture.

F.       Interpret principles of garment design for; fit and appearance, properties of materials, and cutting techniques involved in the creation of a garment and mass production

G.      Identify and calculate the technical and economic reasons for the selection of particular materials, and processes of quality and cost.

H.      Demonstrate an appreciation principles of drafting and pattern manipulation, cutting room and related procedures.

I.         Identify and select appropriate textile testing methods of garments for specific purposes and end uses of a garment.

J.        Identify laboratory testing equipment to assess properties of fabrics.


Contributing to developing programme learning outcomes and the assessment of:

  • Confidently judge and interpret product performance characteristics and behaviour through theoretical and scientific approaches, with emphasis on garment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of product requirements, innovation, enterprise and cost issues in relation to textile and garment production. 

Intellectual skills

  1. Propose and select appropriate textile testing of garment for specific purposes and end uses of a garment.
  2. Ability to Evaluate lecture content and apply to practical projects
  3. Illustrate original thinking in the Illustration of research and evaluation of textile materials in their applications.
  4. Apply problem solving and decision-making abilities skills using appropriative qualitative and quantitative skills necessary to interpret and analyse manufacturing problems, finding solutions to solving garment engineering and wholesale production problems.
  5. Demonstrate a systemic understanding of the development of a garment through the accurate analysis of taught technologies
  6. Continuing to improve commercial awareness by appraising the theoretical aspects of new product development

Contributing to developing the programme learning outcomes and assessment of:

  • Synthesise, assess and evaluate information and data from appropriate sources and use these to make informed, independent judgments and decision making in relation to technical product and/or business contexts.
  • Communicate mathematical and technological information with clarity, logic and accuracy.


Practical skills

A.      Apply key commercial methods and technologies to be utilised in sample and mass production of garments.

B.      Implement and interpret the results of research studies

C.      Construct garments with by determining of correct seam and stitch types, pocket and zip types appropriate to the end use.

D.      Evaluate appropriate sources of information to gain relevant information on the manufacture of garment design, designed samples and wholesale production in the fashion industry.

E.       Compose a coherent technical specification pack for a sample Garment

F.       Appraise key commercial methods and technologies to be utilised in sample and mass production.

G.      Plan and implement strategic recommendations in the manufacture of garments, production organisation and quality control.

H.      Evaluate appropriate garment manufacturing systems safely, to produce clothing products.

Contributing to developing the programme learning outcome and the assessment of:  

  • Select, evaluate and use relevant software applications, including spreadsheets, CAD software, business applications, etc., for different tasks such as data analysis or design communication, within the context of Fashion and Textiles industry.
  • Use practical design communication methods effectively in a fashion and textile context.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

A.      Communicate effectively to implement knowledge of clothing technology methods and techniques.

B.      Solve problems by selecting appropriate resources associated with the discipline, using safe working practises.

C.      Demonstrate strategic analytical skills.

D.      Work independently and collaboratively on project based work.

E.       Formulate creative and problem-solving techniques to generate solutions.

F.       Construct documents utilising knowledge of associated software such as Word.

G.      Show a high level of competence across a range of communication skills, both technically and visually underpinned by writing and orally.

Contributing to developing the programme learning outcomes and the assessment of:

  • Clear and effective communication, using a range of styles and employing various media appropriate to the context. 


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

Feedback methods

Feedback provided written and verbal 


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