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Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims: To develop understanding of the principles of lean operations and where and how they can be applied; To describe the limits of lean operation: what factors are constraining application and how various industries have sought to relieve these constraints; To help prepare the future technology manager to exploit recent thinking and overcome resistance to change by giving them an opportunity to explore the subject from various perspectives.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: identify where and how Lean Operations can be applied; analyse a manufacturing process using Value Stream Mapping critique and propose lean solutions using the map as foundation; calculate and identify key resource requirements and identify resource constraints using analytical techniques; develop a basic layout for implementing lean manufacturing including methods for managing the human – equipment interface; Show improved written communication skills; Demonstrate their ability to learn; Apply time management skills.

Timetabled teaching activities

All terms. This module includes 15 hours of lectures, 4 hours of examples classes, 3 hours of seminars and 2 hours of laboratory sessions. Required self-study: 126 hours

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES3A7-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 0%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 0%
Assessed Course Work 20%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 70%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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