FS1828: LEAN Principles for Agri-Food Businesses

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 15, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 24hr(s) Lectures; 80hr(s) Other (self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Prof Alan Kelly, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Joe O'Callaghan; Food Industry Training Unit; Guest Industry Experts.
Module Objective: To introduce students to the principles and key practices associated with the use of Lean as a methodology to drive business improvement in food and drink manufacturers and the wider agriculture sector.
Module Content: Introduction to Lean, origins and core principles. Examining value and the 8 wastes. The importance of engaging people in the practice of Lean. The use of Kaizen to drive improvement using both JDI, PDCA and DMAIC methods. Practical proven tools to help better diagnose causes of wastes. Tools to help identify the most effective ways to address the root causes of problems. Adoptoin planning.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Explain the Lean Six Sigma methodology.
  • Examine the causes of waste in their own organisation.
  • Describe the concepts of DMAIC processes.
  • Apply LEAN to solve real business problems.
  • Analyse contemporaneous business problems and propose improvements.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (In-class assignment, 20 marks; Development of a roadmap to drive LEAN in an organisation, 30 marks; Practical application of LEAN principles in real project, 30 marks; 1,000 word reflective log, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Application project and reflective log.
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%.
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 Module Coordinator).

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