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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: MANU7376C

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

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 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

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

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

This course is part of a cluster made up of:

Make patterns for custom-made footwearMANU7375C
Prepare, cut and sew custom-made shoe componentsMANU7376C
Assemble and finish custom-made shoeMANU7377C

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the preparing footwear components used in the production of your Custom designed footwear. 

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 


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.


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 


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. 


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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