| Learning Outcomes (LO)
Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
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;
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;
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;
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
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.