Course Title: Cut leather by hand

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: MANU7384C

Course Title: Cut leather by hand

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

Andrew Robinson
Ph: 03 9925 9252

Nominal Hours: 50

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

In this unit you will develop the knowledge and skills in planning and organising to prepare to cut leather by hand.  You will have the opportunity to use simple and complicated pattern pieces and a range of leather qualities. 

This course addresses the following units and all these units are clustered for delivery but may assessed separately.

MSTGN4001 - Coordinate or set up machines for product change

MSTFP2011 - Perform table-based operations


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTFP3001 Cut leather by hand


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 Prepare to cut leather

Performance Criteria:


Set up workstation according to specifications and workplace procedures


Select cutting equipment and patterns and prepare according to specified work and sizes, and manufacturer instructions


Collect, sort and lay out materials in preparation for cutting


Routinely clean and maintain cutting board


Identify problems or faults with patterns, knives and cutting boards and refer for repair


Assess the leather for scars, marks and faults that impact on cutting


Assess and sort leather to comply with requirements of different jobs and pattern pieces


3 Cut leather by hand

Performance Criteria:


Use cutting knives and patterns to minimise waste


Identify scars, marks and fault areas of high-quality leather and position patterns accordingly


Position patterns to allow for identified flaws, nap of suede or other grain or print characteristics of leather


Use cutting techniques to match pattern shape, size and leather quality


Cut pieces precisely to size, and colour code, size and colour match


4 Check quality of finished product

Performance Criteria:


Check finished products against job specifications and workplace quality standards


Address fault or irregularities


Maintain records of work

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.

Details of Learning Activities

Integrated learning consisting of theory and practical components will be carried out in practical workshops for the skills and knowledge required for cutting leather by hand when producing footwear.

Teaching Schedule

Weeks 1 – 16
Practical workshops for Cut leather by hand will be conducted in conjunction with other practical based learning. Workshops will include demonstration of techniques and students will be required to demonstrate their practical skills required to Cut leather by hand. Learning will include identifying and using appropriate equipment, safe set-up of equipment & working with a range of materials and components used in footwear manufacture. Work on cutting leather by hand will be carried out during the development of the following pairs of shoes:
Week 1-4 Development of Court Shoe - 1Pair
Week 5-11 Development of Derby Shoe and Sandal - 2Pair
Week 12-16 Development of Oxford Shoe and Sandal - 2Pair

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Assorted Hand Tools
Footwear components

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

Student will demonstrate skills and answer relevant questions regarding the knowledge and skills required to perform cutting leather by hand, to a competent standard while producing five pairs of shoes.
Work will be assessed against a competency based assessment checklist. 

Cut leather by hand and the work related to cut leather by hand will also be assessed in the shoes presented for assessment.

Assessment One: Due week 4,  Cut leather shapes from practice leather.
Assessment Two: Due week 6,  Cut leather Court Shoe Uppers using Cow skins.
Assessment Three: Due week 10,  Cut leather Vegetable Tanned leather for "Roman" Sandals
Assessment Four: Due week 16,  Cut Leather for Oxford Sole and/or Heel.

Assessment Matrix

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