Course Title: Machine upper according to product requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: MANU7388C

Course Title: Machine upper according to product requirements

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: 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

MSTFP2005 - Operate machine to sew upper

Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge to machine uppers according to product requirements. You are required to work to quality requirements and identify any processing problems.

The unit applies to loading, guiding and unloading a range of machine types to sew shoe uppers. It includes guided and freehand sewing. Sewing includes corners, curves, complex shapes, and contouring and joining of different materials. Sewing techniques include those where the positioning, feeding and handling of work pieces involves discretional changes, contouring or critical stopping points, or involving the special handling skills required to accommodate variations in materials and meet product requirements.

This course is clustered for delivery with the MSTFP2005 - Operate machine to sew upper

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTFP2006 Machine upper according to product requirements


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 Prepare to sew upper

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check work bundle, assess quality of component parts and lay out work pieces in correct sequence 2.2 Set up workbench and seating to achieve operator comfort and minimise fatigue 2.3 Clean and check machine, and adjust machine settings according to manufacturer instructions and specifications for work 2.4 Select threads according to specifications, check needle types and attachments, and change parts and worn needles as necessary 2.5 Set stitch length, set up tension and test against specifications 2.6 Test machine for correct operation


3 Perform machine sewing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Select pieces according to shape, size, colour and style 3.2 Accurately position materials to achieve required specifications, including quality and to minimise stretch 3.3 Sew corners, curves, complex shapes, and contouring and joining of different materials 3.4 Handle work pieces involving discretional changes, contouring or critical stopping points and variations in materials, according to specifications and workplace procedures 3.5 Machine seams to achieve specific results and trim threads 3.6 Regularly check performance of machine for signs of faulty performance and take follow-up action to address faulty machine performance


4 Conduct final quality check and despatch work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Bundle uppers and component parts, stack and store or despatch 4.2 Address production faults according to workplace procedures 4.3 Bundle uppers, stack and store or despatch 4.4 Record production faults as required 4.5 Complete work records

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 activities in this course consists of theory and practical components carried out in a workshop environment. Throughout the course, you will develop the skills and knowledge to create custom-made footwear products.  You will learn to use and work with a range of materials, suppliers and components used in footwear manufacturing.

Teaching Schedule

Course Schedule: Semester 1, 2019





Week 1

Introduction to course



Week 2

Paper exercises Workshop  

Week 3

Paper exercises Workshop  

Week 4

Paper exercises Workshop Assessment 1: Practical paper exercises due

Week 5

Leather shapes Workshop Assessment 2 part 1: Sewing uppers due

Week 6

Leather shapes / Derby uppers Workshop  

Week 7

Re-thread sewing machine Demonstration/observation Assessment 2 part 2: Derby uppers due

Week 8

Re-thread sewing machine Demonstration/observation Assessment observation: Re-thread sewing machine

Week 9


Week 10




Week 11




Week 12




Week 13




Week 14 

Oxford uppers



Week 15

Oxford uppers



Week 16

Final class/assessment submission



Assessment 2 part 3: Oxford uppers due

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

Assessment is on the successful demonstration of the following operations:

Re-threading a sewing machine,

rewinding a bobbin,

replacing a needle 

adjusting the tension for the correct stitch formation.


Task instructions

During the demonstration you will be asked questions in relation to the operation of the machine and the function of various components.

-Students will individually complete the practical assessment of Re threading the Top thread, winding and installing a bobbin, replace a needle and stitching off, on the designated sewing machine.

-This assessment will take place in the Footwear workshop.  Students will be observed while performing the assessment task. 

-OH&S considerations. You will need remove loose clothing, tie back hair if necessary, use correct posture and keep fingers away from needle when sewing. Safety issues inherent in working with electricity need to be considered.


Conditions for assessment

All material will be supplied by RMIT for this assessment.

Which will include:

Sewing machine

All tools required will be supplied.

As this is a one on one assessment, students within the class will have assessments staggered over 2 weeks. Students not being observed will be required to continue with Program related material within the Footwear workshop.

For this assessment you must obtain a satisfactory level in ALL operations to receive an overall Satisfactory mark.

 This assessment will take place in the Footwear workshop. 


Observation Checklist

 During this assessment students will be observed to see if they adhere to:

Correctly setup and use sewing machine as per work health and safety (WHS) requirements

Removing the bobbin and Top thread

keeping areas clear around sewing machine of tripping hazards

Identify and adjust machines stitch length, adjust machine settings as necessary

Following SOP for Flat bed sewing machine.


Verbal Questions to be asked during the observations

Not applicable


Instructions on submitting supporting material (if required)

Not applicable


Feedback and grades

Feedback on your assessment will be released via the Grades item in the left menu. Assessment tasks will receive the following outcomes:


Not Yet Competent

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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