Course Title: Prepare, cut and sew custom-made shoe components

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: MANU7376C

Course Title: Prepare, cut and sew custom-made shoe components

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4389 - Certificate IV in Custom-Made Footwear

Course Contact: Tallal Khan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259118

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency applies to the preparation, cutting and sewing of custom-made shoe components, including stuff cutting, making or modification of lasts, making of soles, sole and heel units, and insoles. Discretion and judgement may be required, for both self and others, in planning and selecting processes, procedures or outcomes. The unit of competency applies to workplace activities associated with producing custom-made shoes and the degree of complexity will relate to leather and other materials being used and intricacy of design.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTFP4003 Prepare, cut and sew custom-made shoe components


1. Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) 1.2 Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times 1.3 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs 1.4 Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2.Confirm custom-made footwear requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review and confirm client requirements and design specifications 2.2 Determine materials required for production, confirm availability and order special or one-off materials from appropriate suppliers 2.3 Review pattern to ensure compliance with design requirements 2.4 Clarify design features with patternmaker, if required, and identify technical aspects of production


3. Prepare shoe last

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Construct an original last from selected materials to produce a last with the desired shape and dimensions 3.2 Make inside build-ups (additions), form to the last and shape to comply with design specifications 3.3 Trial fit build-up components to review fit and function, modify if required, and attach 3.4 Check the last and any build-up components, and make adjustments and refinements, if necessary, in line with design requirements and established production standards 3.5 Check shoe last for construction faults and compliance with design specifications


4. Prepare and make components

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Prepare components according to workplace procedures 4.2 Correct size cut pieces, mark, count and stamp according to work ticket and to workplace specifications 4.3 Prepare components using appropriate method and equipment and according to workplace requirements


5. Cut or click leather

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Cut parts manually or by machine to enterprise quality standards in relation to material flaws and individual pairs selected 5.2 Click pairs and cut manually or by machine to achieve best yield according to appropriate allowance 5.3 Check work against pattern and design requirements


6. Prepare and make the upper

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Prepare upper according to workplace procedures 6.2 Process upper manually or by machine 6.3 Machine seams and trim threads to achieve specified results 6.4 Check upper against pattern and design requirements


7. Conduct final quality check for operations

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Check final product meets workplace quality requirements 7.2 Deal with production faults in accordance with workplace procedures 7.3 Bundle uppers and component parts, stack, store or dispatch in accordance with workplace procedures 7.4 Document process and faults

Learning Outcomes

In this unit students will develop knowledge and skills associated with planning and organising for safe and effective use of custom footwear construction technology and operations. This unit also requires an ability to check the quality of outcomes and identify and address problems relating to own work. Initiative and enterprise and problem solving will be used to combine a range of materials and processes to achieve desired design outcomes.

Details of Learning Activities

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements

Teaching Schedule

Cluster Schedule:  Custom made shoe                                              Semester 2: 2019



Readings and Activities


Week 1 

Introduction to Patterns and Prototype making.

Introduction to writing and maintaining a production/prototype diary, in conjunction with Product engineering & Sustainability cluster.


Assessments assigned:

1) Pattern Production

2) Prototype


Week 2

 Make Patterns 



Week 3 


Make Patterns



Week 4 


Material investigation and selection

Workshop / assignment progress Mid-semester progress review: Final shoe

Week 5

Source chosen materials Workshop / assignment progress Mid-semester progress review: patterns

Week 6


Source chosen materials

Workshop / assignment progress  

Week 7

Construction methods explored to determine requirements or suitable machines for the construction of Footwear.

Workshop Mid-semester progress review for prototypes on construction.

Week 8


Begin making prototypes

Workshop Mid-semester progress review for final shoe





Week 9


Making prototypes

Workshop / assignment progress Mid-semester progress review for patterns

Week 10


Making prototypes


Week 11


Making prototypes


Week 12


Making prototypes

Workshop / assignment progress Mid-semester progress review:  prototypes and final shoe

Week 13

Completion of final prototypes Workshop / Assessments Assessment Due: Final working patterns

Week 14

Final construction of shoes Workshop   

Week 15


Final construction of shoes


Week 16

Submission of assignments


Assessment Due: Prototypes

Assessment Due: Final Shoe

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and will consist of both theory and practical based exercises, predominantly in class but some out of class research and information formatting is required as well. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks.

All assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved. Tasks that have not be authenticated in class as the student’s own work will not be considered for assessment. Regular attendance is encouraged.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Assessment Tasks

The prototypes are made from your initial patterns to check for correct upper construction.

They are used to gauge but not exclusive to, the performance of a different materials, procedures of construction or the adhesive properties of cements. 

The initial prototypes are made from material similar in characteristics as the final shoe. With the more advanced prototypes made from the final material chosen for the final shoe. 

Conditions for assessment

Submission of prototypes will be in week 16.

All prototypes need to be labelled with student name & number

Time will be allocated during class for the duration of Semester 2, for students to seek advice relating to the development of the prototypes.


Criteria for Assessment

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this assessment must be relevant to your design and be completed to a satisfactory standard to obtain a Competent grade.

Examples of evidence to include but not exclusive to are:

Following standard operating procedures (SOPs), safe work practices

problem solving

confirming specifications

making calculations

assessing options for method of production

making prototypes

adjusting patterns

production of final patterns

setting up machines for production operations

Completed paperwork


Feedback and grades

Verbal Feedback will be provided throughout the pattern making process where necessary. And final written feedback and Final outcome will be provided on assessment sheet.


Assessment tasks will receive the following outcomes:


Not Satisfactory/Not Observed 

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration (or Course Coordinator).

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.


Special consideration Policy:

If you wish to apply for special consideration, follow this link for the procedure.


Penalties for late Submission of Assignments (F&T):

Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension will be penalised as follows:

Complete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark

Partial or incomplete work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day on your final mark for the entire assessable work

Work submitted after day 7 will be awarded an NN grade and 0% mark

Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty

Where a due date includes a specific time for submission or presentation, submissions after that time on the due date incur a 5% penalty.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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