WOOL372 Wool Technology

Updated: 13 June 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites ANPR211
Co-requisites None
Restrictions WOOL432 or WOOL442 or WOOL472 or WOOL572 or WOOL532 or WOOL542 or WOOL582
Notes None
Combined Units WOOL472 - Wool Technology
Coordinator(s) James Preston (jpresto8@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Wool Technology covers wool follicle formation and nutirtional manipulation on production. The characteristics of wool follicles and fibre are related to aspects of wool measurement and its effect on sheep selection and processing performance. The unit explains the measurements involved to objectively specify the Australian wool clip and throughout the processing chain and wool fabric assessment.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the initiation and development, and function and structure of mammalian wool and describe the differences in skin structure between different sheep breeds; this will also demonstrate the ability to communicate information to others using written or verbal forms;
  2. demonstrate an advanced theoretical and technical knowledge by explaining the ultrastructure of the wool fibre and describing the chemical composition of the various cells composing the wool fibre;
  3. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the principles of measurement and their relationship with sampling regimes, and an advanced understanding of the impact of test results on sheep selection, processing prediction formulae and processing performance;
  4. describe the main techniques and procedures of measuring yield, fibre diameter, staple length, strength and position of break, colour, fibre curvature and resistance to compression; thereby also demonstrating the ability to analyse critically and evaluate and transfer information; and
  5. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the principles of new measurements including dark or medullated fibres and non-wool contamination, this will also demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and use well-developed judgment.