Class Policies

Course Description:
The study of textile product quality control issues important to manufacturers/designers, retailers, and consumers.  Evaluating product quality based on appearance, cost, materials used, construction details, and end-use will be emphasized.  Prerequisites: Seminar in Fashion Management FMGT 1111, Introduction to Fashion Management FMGT 1305 or FMER 2381 and Textiles FMGT 2341.

Course Rationale:
Understanding how the manufacturing process, materials and other aspects of the apparel product development process affect quality is key to the knowledge of all fashion students.  It enables graduates to make better choices in both merchandising and design as well as opens up a number of new jobs.

Course Objectives:

  • To be able to write different types of production specifications
  • To learn to draw basic flats
  • To learn what makes a quality garment for different markets and end uses

List of Topics

  • Apparel Manufacturing Process
  • Materials and Findings
  • Specifications
  • Quality and Quality Management
  • Garment Parts

Course Requirements/Learning Outcomes:

To Learn and Demonstrate

    • Ability to create basic flats to communicate garment shape and style
    • Ability to create a variety of specifications for production
    • Ability to differentiate in quality levels for different markets and end uses and to explain decisions

    Assessment Methods:
    The course requirements will be assessed by:
    Projects, assignments, classroom activities, and continuous interaction with the students.

    Special Note:
    As the fashion industry is one of the most competitive career areas in the U.S., it is essential to develop professional habits and strong work ethics early in order to significantly increase your chances of success.  Among these habits are attendance, punctuality, honesty, integrity, completing all work entirely and on time, respect for others and enthusiasm for your work.  As such, many of the course policies reflect these and are set to engrain these habits into your way of life as early as possible, making you a much more employable person.

    Disability Statement: 
    The University of the Incarnate Word is committed to providing a supportive, challenging, diverse and integrated environment for all students. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act – Subpart E and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University ensures accessibility to its programs, services and activities for qualified students with documented disabilities.
    For more information, contact the Student Disability Services Office:

    Director, Moisés Torrescano
    Academic Counselor, Carrie Dixon
    Location Administration Building – Room 105
    Phone (210) 829-3997
    Fax (210) 829-6078

    *Information listed above is contact information for Student Disability Services’ Academic Counselor, Carrie Dixon.


    In the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and the mission of this University, the fashion department has accepted as its charger for the 2006-2007 academic year, the pursuit of the value of respect; personal, departmental and universal.
    We intend to implement this value by
                      -Treating each other with courtesy
                      -Attempting to recognize the divine in each one of us
                      -Recognizing the dignity of each individual

    The Incarnate Word of God teaches us to treat ourselves, our peers, our superiors, and our community with thoughtful consideration.  Thoughtfulness in our words and actions can do much to create a positive and successful learning environment.

    NB:  The following rules are in addition to the University of the Incarnate Word Student Code of Conduct published in the student handbook, available in the Student Activities Office.


    Students are to respect the rights of others by treating faculty and classmates with respect.  They are to respect the property of others and to use departmental supplies and equipment carefully.

    In addition, please

    • No food or drink in the sewing or computer labs
    • No portable music devices during class without the expressed consent of the teacher
    • No sleeping in class
    • Students should refrain from any unnecessary disruptive talking during class (faculty encourage an open environment in which everyone has the right to express their own opinions and ideas).  However, everyone should be able to do so without having to talk over any of their peers in order to be heard
    • No cell phones, pagers, PDA phones in classrooms (turn them off)
    • No portable video game systems during class
    • No laptops unless they are part of the on-going lesson
    • No working on unrelated topics in class
    • No walking in front of the teacher while they are teaching
    • Only enrolled students may be in the classroom during class
    • No late work
    • Departmental supplies are for in-class work

    My additional policies:

    • No leaving the classroom during lecture except in the case of emergency.  It is just considered impolite to walk out while someone is lecturing or presenting, plus you are likely to miss vital information.

    The highest standards of academic honesty are expected in the course.  Forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to cheating, plagiarism, counterfeit work, falsification of academic records, unauthorized reuse of work, theft, collusion.  See the student handbook for definitions and procedures for investigations of claims of academic dishonesty.

    Forms of Academic Dishonesty (including but not limited to):

    • Cheating on tests, examinations or other class or laboratory work
    • Involvement in plagiarism (appropriation of another’s work and the unacknowledged incorporation of that work in one’s own written work offered for credit)
    • Counterfeit work, including turning in as one’s own, work which was created, researched or produced by someone else
    • Falsification of Academic Records- knowingly and improperly changing grades on transcripts, grade sheets, electronic data sheets, class reports, projects, or other academically related documents
    • Unauthorized reuse of work- turning in of the same work to more than one class without the consent of the instructors involved
    • Theft- unauthorized use or circulation of tests or answer sheets specifically prepared for a given course and as yet not used or publicly released by the instructor of the course, or theft of completed tests
    • Collusion- involvement in collusion (unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing course work)
    • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty – intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate a provision of the code of academic integrity

    Course Policies:
    Please read the assignments before coming to class.  The reading assignments, lecture discussions and projects are intended to complement each other.  This course, as with most fashion courses, is extremely rigorous, and if you are current with your reading you will get more out of your class time.  Ask questions.  Chances are if you are confused, so are others.  At times you all will be confused, so maintain your sense of humor.

    The syllabus presents the anticipated schedule, however the time schedule is not written in stone.  Although I expect to keep to the dates in general, I like to allow some flexibility.  The raising of questions during class time is welcomed and encouraged.  If I don’t have the answer to your question I will try to obtain it within a reasonable period of time.  I hope that each of you will share your experiences and knowledge with the class.  If any instructions or assignments are not clear, please ask me about them so that I can clarify any potential problems for all students in the course.

Syllabus 3340