Course Title: Cut non printed leather by machine

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: MANU7247C

Course Title: Cut non printed leather by machine

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4238 - Certificate IV in Custom made Footwear

Course Contact : Ben Stranieri

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259118

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Robinson
Ph: 03 9925 9252

Nominal Hours: 40

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 required knowledge and skills associated with planning and organising to cut non-printed materials. You will have the opportunity to cut irregular and non-uniform leather materials to specifications and workplace standards using machines, knives and interlocking knives. You will apply discretion, initiative and judgement while working to defined procedures and methods as well as ensure materials conform to requirements and identify any processing problems.  You will be required to demonstrate safe use of technology and conformance of own work to quality standards.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFP2004B Cut non-printed leather by machine


1. Assess different qualities and types of materials

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Materials are assessed against job specifications.
1.2 Various types and finish of materials are checked according to work ticket.
1.3 Materials are inspected and sorted according to colours, shades and finish.
1.4 Materials that cannot be matched are handled and stored.


2. Start up, shut down, adjust and carry out minor maintenance with safety

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Machines are started up and shut down according to safety regulations.
2.2 Cutting board is regularly cleaned, turned and maintained.
2.3 Striker plate is regularly checked for distortion and damage and irregularities reported.


4. Check finished product

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Finished product is checked against workplace quality standards.
4.2 Failure to meet quality standards is addressed.


3. Cut linings and components from materials by press or hand

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Knives are selected according to job specifications and size requirements and used according to OHS practices.
3.2 Pressures on press are adjusted to knife sizes and shapes.
3.3 Work ticket specifications are followed according to pairs and pieces.
3.4 Parts are cut to workplace quality standards in relation to materials flaws and acceptable levels of matching of irregular and non-uniform finishes.
3.5 Decisions are made about individual pairs based on colour and grain approximation according to workplace quality standards.
3.6 Pairs are cut to appropriate allowances, to achieve best yield and best matching of materials.
3.7 Distortions and defects on press cutting knives, dies and cutting boards are identified and appropriate action taken.
3.8 Work is carried out according to OHS practices.

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 to Cut non-printed leather by machine while producing shoes.

Teaching Schedule

Practical workshops for Cut non printed leather by machine will be conducted in conjunction with other practical based learning. Workshops will including demonstration of techniques and students will be required to demonstrate their practical skills required to cut non printed leather by machine. Learning will include identifying and using appropriate equipment (including clicking press) , safe set-up of equipment/machinery & working with a range of materials and components used in footwear manufacture. Work on Cutting non printed leather by machine 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 - 1Pair
Week 12-16 Development of Oxford Shoe - 1Pair

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Bespoke Shoemaking: a comprehensive guide to hand made footwear – Skyrme, Tim


Other Resources

  • Assorted Hand Tools
  • Footwear components
  • Clicking press

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 submit for assessment a minimum of 2 pairs of shoes. Shoes to be produced are required to be to an industry standard. Included in the production of these shoes, the student will demonstrate how they cut non printed material by machine using safe & efficient methods.
Student will demonstrate and answer relevant questions regarding the knowledge and skills required to cut non printed leather by machine to a competent standard.
Work will be assessed against an assessment template for cut non printed leather by machine.

Assessment Matrix

 Assessment Task 1 Submission of one pair of ShoesAssessment Task 2 Submission of another pair of ShoesCompletion of all requirements listed on assessment template
1. Assess different qualities and types of materials             X
2. Start up, shut down, adjust and carry out minor maintenance with safety             X
3. Cut linings and components from materials by press or hand          X          X          X
4. Check finished product          X          X          X

















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