Course Title: Assemble and finish custom-made shoe

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: MANU7377C

Course Title: Assemble and finish custom-made shoe

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4389 - Certificate IV in Custom-Made Footwear

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259171

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Robinson 

+61 3 9925 9252 

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit applies to manual or machine assembly and finish of custom-made shoes according to pattern specifications.

The degree of complexity will depend on the leather and other materials used and intricacy of the design.

Discretion and judgement may be required for both self and others in planning and selecting processes, procedures or outcomes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTFP4004 Assemble and finish custom-made shoe


1. Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:


Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)


Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times


Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs


Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions



2. Perform preparatory work on shoe

Performance Criteria:


Set up workstation according to specifications and WHS practices


Use discretion and judgement to select, interpret and apply procedures and appropriate assembly processes


Follow work ticket to collect, sort, assemble and reassemble parts


Undertake conditioning to reflect workplace procedures and according to construction technique


Block upper, round or rand, as required, to conform to the last shape


Insert counter or stiffener in accordance with workplace procedures and construction techniques


Prepare insoles in accordance with specifications and to reflect construction techniques being used


Heat activate pre-cemented insoles and uppers, as appropriate


Solvent wipe bonding area where roughing could damage the backing fabric


Load track, belt or rack or prepare workstation to reflect various stages of production


Apply toe puff using the appropriate machine methods, as specified


Mould back part using hot and cold moulds in accordance with construction techniques and specifications


Carry out specific processes in accordance with workplace requirements



3. Last the shoe

Performance Criteria:


Attach uppers and insoles as required in accordance with specifications


Attach shanks or stiffeners, as required


Apply stapling, as required


Insert toe puff


Check last or foot form before attaching insole and upper, checking for sizes


Condition toes and upper in accordance with workplace procedures



4. Assemble the shoe

Performance Criteria:



Prepare materials in accordance with workplace and manufacturer specifications


Prepare soles and uppers in accordance with work requirements


Set up machines and check for correct operations


Assemble shoes using the appropriate manual or machine construction techniques in accordance with work requirements



5. Finish shoe

Performance Criteria:


Conduct finishing of shoe in accordance with specifications


Assess final quality check against work specifications


Identify and address construction problems to meet quality standards


Forward work for preparation to despatch to client


Learning Outcomes

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

You will develop the skills associated with interpreting work specifications, planning and organising for safe and effective use of specialised custom made footwear construction technology and operations.

You will also acquire the ability to check the quality of outcomes and identify and address problems relating to own work. 

Details of Learning Activities

This course is part of a cluster made up of:

Make patterns for custom-made footwear MANU7375C
Prepare, cut and sew custom-made shoe components MANU7376C
Assemble and finish custom-made shoe MANU7377C

In this course you will learn to: 

Utilise a manual or machine assembly and finish of custom-made shoes according to pattern specifications. 


How the course is delivered 

This course is delivered face to face.

Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered face to face. While all course content will be delivered, the order and mode of delivery may change depending on the availability of specialist facilities and equipment.  Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher. 


Cluster Schedule:  Custom made shoe                                              Semester 2: 2020 


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. 


Mid-semester progress review for prototypes on construction. 


Week 8 

Begin making prototypes 


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 



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 and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:

The Learning Lab

The Study Support Hub

English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a range of practical and theory components. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.


This is a Vocational Education and Training qualification and is assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.


Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved

NYC: Not Yet Competent

DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Due dates for assessment tasks dependent on access to specialist facilities and equipment may change. Please check Canvas regularly as any updates will be communicated by your teacher.


Summary and purpose of assessment 

This assessment is on the submission of a completed pair of shoes, which is based on your original design. 


Task instructions 

The final shoes are made through the process of first the design then the Prototypes, culminating in a completed pair of shoes. 

The final shoes are to reflect industry standards and the students best practice of skills and knowledge of construction.  


Conditions for assessment 

Submission of final shoes will be in week 16. 

The shoes are to be place in a shoe box provided and labelled with student name & number on the & Short & end of the box. 

Time will be allocated during class for the duration of Semester 2, for students to seek advice relating to the construction of their shoes.. 


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 

setting up machines for production operations 

Completed paperwork 



This course is assessed in accordance with the competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. 

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on MyRMIT for full assessment criteria. 


Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are: 

CA: Competency Achieved 

NYC: Not Yet Competent 

DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment 

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


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.


Information about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):


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.  

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

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