FE1809: Introducing Lean to the Supply Chain: Tools, Practices and Value Stream Mapping

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 8.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for thsi module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: Workshops (Classroom mode: 20 hours lectures, seminars and group work. Blended Learning mode: 8 hours lectures, seminars and group work; on-line tutorials and e-mentoring. Distance Learning mode: on-line tutorials; e-mentoring and discussion forums); Directed Study (Classroom mode: in classroom assignment instructions. Blended Learning mode: in classroom assignment instructions and on-line assignment instructions and feedback. Distance Learning mode: on-line assignment instructions, e-mentoring and feedback); Other (Classroom, Blended and Distance Learning modes: online resources - articles, readings and case studies)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Seamus O'Reilly, Department of Food Business and Development.
Lecturer(s): Dr Seamus O'Reilly, Department of Food Business and Development.
Module Objective: To consider the complexity of modern supply chains and how lean tools, practises and value stream mapping can be applied to improve performance.
Module Content: Supply Chain evolution and management implications, introduction to key concepts such as supply chain processes, value stream mapping and cellular flow manufacturing. Introduce lean tools such as JIT, Kanban and Kaizen events.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify and describe key lean supply chain processes.
  • List and describe the main Lean techniques and tools.
  • Identify and implement the main steps involved in Value Stream Mapping.
  • Analyse and evaluate supply chain processes using Value Stream Mapping.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word report, 50 marks; 1 x MCQ exam (Open Book), 50 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% Students must pass both components of Continuous Assessment (i.e. 1 x 1,500 word report and MCQ exam) independently to pass the module. For students who do not satisfy this requirement, the overall mark achieved in the module and a 'Fail Special Requirement' will be recorded.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Department).

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