Course Title: Cut leather by hand

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

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

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:

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 cut leather

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Set up workstation according to specifications and workplace procedures 2.2 Select cutting equipment and patterns and prepare according to specified work and sizes, and manufacturer instructions 2.3 Collect, sort and lay out materials in preparation for cutting 2.4 Routinely clean and maintain cutting board 2.5 Identify problems or faults with patterns, knives and cutting boards and refer for repair 2.6 Assess the leather for scars, marks and faults that impact on cutting 2.7 Assess and sort leather to comply with requirements of different jobs and pattern pieces


3 Cut leather by hand

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use cutting knives and patterns to minimise waste 3.2 Identify scars, marks and fault areas of high-quality leather and position patterns accordingly 3.3 Position patterns to allow for identified flaws, nap of suede or other grain or print characteristics of leather 3.4 Use cutting techniques to match pattern shape, size and leather quality 3.5 Cut pieces precisely to size, and colour code, size and colour match


4 Check quality of finished product

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check finished products against job specifications and workplace quality standards 4.2 Address fault or irregularities 4.3 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

 You will learn to use and work with a range of materials, suppliers and components used in footwear manufacturing.

Teaching Schedule

rse Schedule: Semester 1, 2019





Week 1

Introduction to course

Class Assessment 1: Oxford working patterns assigned

Week 2

Oxford working patterns Workshop Assessment 1: Oxford working patterns due

Week 3

Clicking press Demonstration  

Week 4

Clicking press Demonstration  

Week 5

Workshop Workshop  

Week 6

Workshop Workshop  

Week 7

Sewing Machine and leather shapes Demonstration/observation

Assessment 2: Cut, skive & prepare leather part 1

Week 8

Sewing Machine  Demonstration/observation Assessment 3: Setup & operate machine

Week 9

Cut, skive & prepare leather: Court shoe uppers Workshop Assessment 2: Cut, skive & prepare leather part 2

Week 10

Sandal and Oxford shoe Workshop  

Week 11

Sandal and Oxford shoe Workshop  

Week 12

Sandal and Oxford shoe Workshop  

Week 13

Sandal and Oxford shoe Workshop  

Week 14 

Sandal and Oxford shoe Workshop  

Week 15

Sandal and Oxford shoe Workshop  

Week 16

Final class/assessment submission Workshop


Assessment 2 part 3: Sandal and Oxford shoe


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

1. Leather shapes

Students will individually complete the practical assessment of using the "Shape templates" to mark out and then cut from the leather provided.

Then to skive and fold the required edges as required.

Students will also sew lining to the leather shapes as to simulate the edge of a top line or back seam as required.


2. Court shoe uppers

Students will individually complete the practical assessment of selecting suitable leather and tracing the correct pattern on to leather supplied.

Students will cut the traced pattern pieces using the industry method of manual clicking.

Students are to present the uppers pieces to the assessor for inspection and feedback BEFORE moving onto the next stage of production.

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


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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  

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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