FCS 207 - Apparel Construction I Syllabus
This course is for those with little or no sewing experience. Students will learn the application of construction principles from commercial patterns in making apparel. Emphasis will be on basic construction techniques and fundamental fitting.
- Demonstrate proper construction techniques.
- Follow instructions, both written and oral.
- Use correct terminology in relationship to sewing construction.
- Derive solutions to construction problems.
- Recognize high and poor quality in clothing construction.
- Build confidence in ability to construct pleasing, wearable apparel.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
No textbook is required; all necessary content information is provided in the course. However, the following are required:
- Microsoft Word software:
If you do not already have access to this software, a free download for PC or Mac is available through the University Store.
- Access to a digital camera or a smart phone
- Access to a video recording device such as a web camera, a digital video recorder, or a smart phone
- Sewing tools and materials:
The estimated cost is $50, but this varies significantly depending upon your area and the tools/materials you already own or have access to. You may view the full list of required items in the FCS 207 Master Supply List. It is recommended you delay your fabric purchase(s) until you have read the information in Week 01 that describes different fabrics. This will help ensure you purchase the correct type of fabric for your projects.
Learning Model Architecture
It is important you understand the approach to online learning used at BYU-Idaho. Familiarize yourself with this by viewing the Orientation to Online Learning at BYU-Idaho video found in the Welcome module.
Many learning models are available in the world of instruction. Most of them have the same essential elements as the BYU-Idaho Learning Model. The true power of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model is found in the principles behind it. Often we focus on the Learning Model process steps of Prepare, Teach One Another, and Ponder/Prove, but we forget the Learning Model principles. Please take time now to review the BYU-Idaho Learning Model Principles and consider ways you can implement them in your study habits this semester. Your personal prayers and scripture study are essential to learning by faith and will strengthen your ability to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. You should be prepared to use both intellectual and spiritual tools of learning in this course.
Each week, you will use the Learning Model process steps as described below.
- You will Prepare by reading material and watching videos.
- You will Teach One Another by sharing some of your work with classmates and providing meaningful feedback to your peers regarding their work.
- The primary Ponder/Prove activities will be:
- Pillowcase Project
- Pants Project
- Shirt Project
- Skirt Project
- Weekly Learning Journal entries—consisting of notes regarding instructional videos and a weekly summary; each Portfolio Technique assignment has an accompanying Learning Journal entry.
- 30 Portfolio Technique assignments in which you demonstrate mastery of specific skills.
- Portfolio Submission (a compilation of all 30 Portfolio Technique assignments).
- 4 Projects (listed below).
- 13 End-of-Lesson Quizzes in which you report your discussion participation, answer content questions, and report progress on your current project.
The course is divided into 14 weeks. An I-Learn module exists for each Week. In accordance with the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, this is not an independent study course (meaning you may not work at your own pace). You will follow an established schedule and work consistently throughout the semester. You will need to follow the schedule because you will participate in discussions with your classmates regarding coursework in each week.
With the exception of the last week of the semester, assignments are always due on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11 PM Mountain Time. Sub-modules in each weekly module reflect these due dates and are titled Day 3, Day 4, and Day 6. These titles are used because the actual day of the week will vary according to your time zone.
The typical weekly pattern is shown below. This pattern does not apply for the first and last weeks of the semester.
Day 3 (Wednesday 11 PM Mountain Time)
- Read/view the Lesson Overview and the instructional materials; write statements in the Learning Journal for the Small Video Assignments during this process.
- Complete the Portfolio Assignment and submit to the technique sharing discussion.
Day 4 (Thursday 11 PM Mountain Time)
- Provide feedback to peers in the technique sharing discussion.
Day 6 (Saturday 11 PM Mountain Time)
- Make modifications to the Portfolio Assignment submitted to the technique sharing discussion.
- Complete additional portfolio techniques, if assigned (only occurs occasionally).
- Complete assigned work on current project.
- Write a summary statement for the week and submit the Learning Journal.
- Take the End-of-Lesson Quiz containing content questions, report of discussion participation, and project progress.
Tips for Success
This course will provide valuable experiences for you if you are willing to put forth the effort to fully engage in the course activities. As with most things in life, what you get out of this course will depend upon what you put into it. The following recommendations will strongly increase your probability of being successful in this course.
- According to university policy, students should spend 3–4 hours per week per credit hour for each course. This is a two-credit course. Thus, you should plan to spend 6–8 hours per week on this course. However, because this is a skill-development course where you actively create projects, it is possible you may need to spend significantly more than 8 hours. This will depend largely upon your current skill set and your equipment.
- Your primary means of course navigation should be the Content view. This view will allow you to experience the intended course flow created by the designers. The I-Learn Calendar should be used to help remind you of the course schedule, but it should never be used as the means of course navigation. Navigating from the Calendar is a problem because it will cause you to miss important information and experience confusion regarding activity instructions.
- As you navigate the course from the Content view, read all material and instructions in every course page, including the Lesson Overview.
- Always read the announcements on the course landing page. They contain important information provided by your instructor. The announcements are displayed when you initially navigate to the course. From any page in the course, you can return to the announcements at any time by clicking on the course title in the black bar at the top of the page.
- Plan your time so that you work consistently throughout each week. You will have a quality learning experience with less stress if you spread the work out through the week. Never wait until the day an assignment or project is due to begin it. Assignments/projects will take time and it is often difficult to gauge exactly how much time will be required. Therefore, you should work ahead of the scheduled due dates.
- Scan through the lesson pages at the beginning of each week and gauge the amount of time you will need to spend on the activities. Plan your week accordingly. This planning is very important since some assignments take several days.
Grades will be determined as shown in Table 2.
Table 2. Grade Category Breakdown.
Your final grade will be comprised of
the five assignment categories below
|Grade Category||Approximate Percentage|
|Portfolio Technique Assignments and Portfolio Submission||20%|
|F||59% and below|
Due dates for this course are on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11 PM Mountain Time (with the exception of Week 14). See specific information about due dates in the Welcome module.
Late Work Policy
In the workplace, some due dates can be extended to accommodate extenuating circumstances, but in all cases, your reputation suffers. For this course, you should complete your work on time. Generally, late work will not be accepted; however, your instructor has discretion to accept late work or extend due dates in case of extenuating circumstances. Plan for catastrophes. Save digital work often and in multiple places. Resist the urge to procrastinate.
Tutoring options for online students are available through the Academic Support Centers. Check the details in the link provided. You are particularly encouraged to use the services of the BYU-Idaho Writing Center.
Online Support Center
The Online Support Center (OSC) is available to help you with problems in online courses. If you have questions about this course, the instructor, technical difficulties, or your online learning learning experience, please contact the OSC:
Phone: (208) 496-1411
Live Chat: To access the chat feature, please visit the website
Website: Online Support Center
You have the responsibility to carefully read assigned materials and instructions. Questions should be noted and directed to your instructor. You also have the responsibility to contribute to others’ learning through your participation in discussions.
This syllabus and the course schedule may be changed at any time prior to or during the semester as the need arises. You will be notified by your instructor of any changes and may view them in the course documents.
Read the University Policies page found in the Welcome module in the course. See information there about student honor, students with disabilities, sexual harassment, complaints and grievances, and copyright policies. Students with disabilities should contact their instructor regarding many of the activities.
As followers of Christ, all BYU-Idaho students, staff, and faculty are expected to be honest in all their dealings. This honesty also applies and extends to behavior and actions related to academic work. It is critical for you to understand the seriousness of academic dishonesty and misconduct and strive to produce and submit only the results of your own effort and original work. While you are encouraged to work with one another and share ideas, the sharing of text, code, or anything like it for individual assignments is inappropriate. There is never an acceptable excuse for plagiarism or cheating. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated by the university.
Your instructor will be responsible for creating and applying policies and penalties for academic dishonesty, which may include point deductions, a score of zero on an entire assignment, and referral to the Student Honor Office. Cases will be analyzed on an individual basis and penalties applied according to the severity of the misconduct.