Course Title: Perform footwear finishing operations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2021

Course Code: MANU7389C

Course Title: Perform footwear finishing operations

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

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


Nominal Hours: 60

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 knowledge and skills to perform finishing operations on footwear. Finishing operations may include hand or machine tasks, such as attaching buckles, cutting loose threads, lacing shoes, inserting heel pads, attaching labels, polishing, cleaning, spraying, boxing and despatching. You will be able to plan, organise your processes identify and address production problems.

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

MSTFP3002 - Hand last shoe

MSTFP3003 - Assemble shoe by hand

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTFP2009 Perform footwear finishing operations


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 for finishing

Performance Criteria:


Set up workbench and seating to achieve operator comfort and minimise fatigue



Prepare finishing materials



Lay out components in correct sequence


3 Finish work

Performance Criteria:



Perform finishing operations according to customer specifications and workplace procedures



Check footwear against specifications to ensure correct sizing



Identify faults, report and return to appropriate section for repair according to quality standards



Complete production and other records


4 Check quality and despatch footwear

Performance Criteria:


Check work meets quality specifications



Bundle pieces, stack and store or despatch



Record production faults and complete 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, 2021





Week 1

Introduction to course


Week 1 - Week 16

Task 2: 5 Styles = Court, Derby, Oxford x2 Sandals

Week 2

 Materials used in Footwear Workshop  

Week 3

 Materials used in Footwear Workshop  

Week 4

 Materials used in Footwear Workshop  

Week 5

Material Preparation Workshop  

Week 6

Material Preparation Workshop  

Week 7

Last Styles and Bottom stock & finishing ops Workshop  

Week 8

Last Styles and Bottom stock & finishing ops Workshop  

Week 9

Last Styles and Bottom stock & finishing ops Workshop  

Week 10

Last Styles and Bottom stock & finishing ops Workshop  

Week 11

Last styles Class  

Week 12

Last Styles and Bottom stock & finishing ops Workshop Task 1: 23 Questions

Week 13

Last Styles and Bottom stock & finishing ops Workshop  

Week 14 

Last Styles and Bottom stock & finishing ops Workshop  

Week 15

Last Styles and Bottom stock & finishing ops Workshop  

Week 16

Final class/assessment submission


Week 1 - Week 16

Task 2: 5 Styles = Court, Derby, Oxford x2 Sandals

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

Task 1

Summary and Purpose of Assessment

This short-answer assessment task is one of four assessment tasks you need to complete satisfactorily, in order to be deemed competent for this unit. 

This assessment task allows you to demonstrate your knowledge required to:

  •  last shoes
  •  assemble shoes using mainly hand processes
  • completing a sequence of finishing operations on footwear


Assessment Instructions


  • You must satisfactorily answer all 23 questions
  • You should answer all questions in the spaces provided, using full sentences, word count and dot points when requested
  • All work must be your own



This is an online assessment task. You will need to answer all questions on CANVAS.



The knowledge assessment is accessed through the Canvas shell and you must complete and submit your responses within the allocated assessment timeframe.


If you are not able to attend the scheduled assessment timeframe you need to advise your teacher so that an alternative assessment arrangement can be made. This knowledge assessment is an individual assessment task that must be completed with minimal support from your supervisor (allowed support includes further explanation of the task requirements or explanation of assessment criteria etc).


Instructions on submitting Knowledge Assessment   

This is an online assessment task. You will need to answer all questions on CANVAS


Task 2

Summary and Purpose of Assessment

This practical assessment task is the second of two assessment tasks you need to complete satisfactorily, in order to be deemed competent for this cluster. 


This practical assessment will allow you to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Hand last shoe
  • Assemble shoe by hand
  • Perform footwear finishing operations. 


Assessment Instructions



You are required to complete the hand last, assembly process and finishing operations for five (5) pairs of shoes according to work specification and procedures. 


You will make the following pairs of shoes: 

  • Derby shoe
  • Court shoe
  • Oxford shoe
  • 2 pairs of sandals

To make each pair of shoes, you will need to complete the following 10 parts:


Part 1: Prepare for work and job requirements

Part 2: Prepare to assemble shoes

Part 3: Assemble shoe uppers

Part 4: Quality check, make adjustments and despatch (Assembly)

Part 5: Prepare to hand last shoe

Part 6: Apply hand last processes

Part 7: Quality check, identify faults and complete records (Hand last)

Part 8: Prepare for finishing

Part 9: Finish work

Part 10: Quality check and despatch footwear



This assessment will be conducted in the footwear workshop.


You will be assessed against the criteria as listed in the observation checklist  and how well you answer the questions asked by your assessor. To achieve a satisfactory result, you will need to address all criteria satisfactorily.

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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