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An overview of the Italian textile manufacturing sector to learn and understand how excellent companies are integrating sustainable practices and processes along the supply chain.

Introduction to the Sustainability series

This MOOC is part of the series on “Sustainability”, which is one of the world’s major challenges of today and tomorrow and requires multidisciplinary competences. The series provides technical knowledge on a variety of topics, such as sustainable building, energy transition, water management and food waste prevention.

Discover all the MOOCs of the “Sustainability” series on Pok4Professionals.

Course description

The MOOC aims to describe the approach to sustainability in the Italian textile manufacturing sector (for clothing and other sectors) with a specific focus on all steps of the production chain.

Each video focuses on one step of the supply chain (raw material sourcing, spinning, weaving, design, prototyping, production, integration of innovative technologies in the processes) and tells the state of the art on the sector's sustainable approach, possible plans and interventions, as well as the opportunities that companies will have to seize in the immediate future in terms of social and environmental responsibility. The topics are addressed by Politecnico di Milano lecturers and industry professionals as guest speakers

Intended Learning Outcomes

By actively participating in this MOOC, you will achieve different intended learning outcomes (ILOs):

  1. Acquiring technical knowledge of traditional manufacturing processes
  2. Acquiring technical knowledge about sustainable requirements and solutions
  3. Understanding contemporary change towards sustainability
  4. Understanding of the complexity and multitude of processes and stakeholders along the textile supply chain
    ESCO: promote sustainability
    ESCO: textile techniques
    ESCO: textile industry
    ESCO: textile trends
    ESCO: evaluate textile characteristics

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge about the fashion system.

Activities

Over and above consulting the content, in the form of videos and other web-based resources, you will have the opportunity to discuss course topics and to share ideas with your peers in the Forum of this MOOC.

Topic outline

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  • Week 0 - Introduction

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  • Week 1 - Materials

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  • Week 2 - Design & Production

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  • Week 3 - Integrating innovative technologies

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  • Week 4 - Final Activity

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  • Additional resources

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      Video transcripts Folder
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      Bibliography Page
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      Filmography Page
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Assessment

Your final grade for the course will be based on the results of your answers to the graded quizzes. You have unlimited attempts at each quiz, but you must wait 5 minutes before you can try again. You will have successfully completed the course if you achieve 60% (or more) of the total course score. The maximum score possible for each quiz is given at the top of the quiz. You can see your score in the quiz on your last attempt or on the 'Grades' page.

Certificate of accomplishment

You must be registered in POK through Politecnico di Milano personal account to obtain the Certificate of Accomplishment. It will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course by achieving at least 60% of the total score in the graded quizzes and filling the final survey. 

You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly from Politecnico di Milano web services.

The Certificate of Accomplishment does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree.

Information about fees and access to materials

The course is delivered in online mode and is available free of charge.

Course faculty

Giovanni Maria Conti

Giovanni Maria Conti

Teacher

Associate Professor and coordinator of the Knitwear Design Lab at School of Design, Politecnico di Milano.

Martina Motta

Martina Motta

Teacher

Researcher in Fashion and Knitwear Design, at School of Design, Politecnico di Milano.

Giulia Lo Scocco

Giulia Lo Scocco

Teacher

R&D Manager at SMT knitwear and PhD candidate in Design, Politecnico di Milano.

Manuela Rubertelli

Manuela Rubertelli

Teacher

Expert in textile and knitwear product development and Adjunct Professor at the School of Design, Politecnico di Milano).

Flavia Papile

Flavia Papile

Teacher

Researcher in Ecodesign Strategies and Material Selection methodologies for the Circular Economy, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta", Politecnico di Milano.

Andrea Marinelli

Andrea Marinelli

Teacher

PhD candidate in Materials Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering "Giulio Natta", Politecnico di Milano.

Stefano Ferraresi

Stefano Ferraresi

Teacher

PhD candidate in Design, Politecnico di Milano.

Pietro Botto Poala

Pietro Botto Poala

Teacher

Sustainability Development Manager, Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia

Lucia Bianchi Maiocchi

Lucia Bianchi Maiocchi

Teacher

CSR Manager, Vitale Barberis Canonico.

Arman Avetikyan

Arman Avetikyan

Teacher

Independent Designer, Froy.

Martina Murer

Martina Murer

Teacher

Technician and Programmer, Shima Seiki Italia.

Contact details

If you have any enquiries about the course or if you need technical assistance please contact pok@polimi.it. For further information, see FAQ page.