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Module Code: MAN430
Module Title: Theory and Practice of Lean Operations
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: International Business School Suzhou
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module aims to:

(1). Provide an understanding of the components of a contemporary lean operations strategy and the benefits and challenges of applying lean principles within business operations.

(2). Develop students’ understanding of the philosophies/principles and application of lean thinking and provide a working knowledge of the supporting tools and techniques used.

(3). Provide a practical opportunity to work as a team addressing lean principles and implementing and evaluating lean tools and techniques through the use of a physical simulation of a multi-product operations environment.

(4). Provide students with opportunities to view current industrial practice.
Learning outcomes 
A Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy and principles of lean thinking

B Demonstrate a working knowledge of the main tools and techniques used in the application of lean initiatives.

C Understand the application of lean tools and techniques within their appropriate operational contexts.

D Relate theory to industrial practice and recent developments in manufacturing and the service industries.

E Develop problem solving skills by applying lean tools to live case studies.

Method of teaching and learning 
The module is delivered through a series of two hour lectures and a one hour seminar per week.

A wide range of textbooks are suggested as supplementary reading and video cases are used to support the lecture material.

An on-going, physical 'continuous improvement' operations simulation provides an environment in which students have an opportunity to work together to apply lean tools and techniques in order to transform a (simulated) organisation from its prevailing batch production configuration to one which is lean and aligned to customer demand.

Reference to journal/conference articles provides students with access to current developments and applications as well as background to the key concepts, tools and techniques.

• An overview of the Toyota Production System and the origins of lean thinking. The concepts of aligning production with demand, eliminating waste, integrating suppliers and creative workforce involvement.

• Mapping operations: techniques for process and value stream mapping and mapping examples.

• The principle of waste-free operations, definitions of value and waste, and waste reduction techniques including workplace organisation and facility layout analyses, quick changeovers, standardising operations and supplier integration.

• Changing from push to pull, Kanban, levelling and line balancing.

• Operations planning and control in a lean environment.

• The application of lean principles in the service industry

• The appropriateness of lean concepts and techniques in non-traditional, non-discrete environments, improvement cycles and team-based problem solving.

• Continuous improvement and kaizen.

• Agile operations versus Lean
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 27  9        114  150 


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