WOOL472 Wool Technology

Updated: 31 January 2020
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 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions WOOL372 or WOOL432 or WOOL442 or WOOL532 or WOOL542 or WOOL572

WOOL472 is based on WOOL372 with an extra assessment expecting a greater level of understanding of the unit material

Combined Units WOOL372 - 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 No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Report 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

Laboratory Report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Written Assignment 1 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

Essay - Topic Choice

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated 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 a specialist and non-specialist audience;
  2. explain the ultrastructure of the wool fibre and describe the chemical composition of the various cells composing the wool fibre; this will also demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and use expert judgment;
  3. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the principles of measurement and their relationship with sampling regimes; and an 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;
  5. have expert, specialised cognitive understanding of the principles of new measurements including dark or medullated fibres and non-wool contamination; and
  6. critically review, reflect on, and synthesise the current literature on the latest research occurring in this field and to also demonstrate the ability to undertake research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice.