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Undergraduate | TAS-ZAA140-2023

Lean Thinking

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Entry requirements

No ATAR needed

No prior study


14 weeks

Start dates

  • 10 July 2023

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About this subject

What you'll learn

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Identify, describe and communicate the principles and processes of lean thinking.
  2. Select and apply tools and techniques of lean thinking in an organisational context.
  3. Identify and reflect on behaviours, principles and perspectives with respect to lean thinking in the workplace.
  4. Develop, apply and communicate approaches for continuous improvement and organisational excellence.
    • 1. Lean Thinking and Continuous Improvement
    • 2. Learning to See Waste
    • 3. Lean Beyond Manufacturing
    • 4. Lean Culture
    • 5. Lean Tools
    • 6. 5S
    • 7. 5S Projects
    • 8. 5S Projects
    • 9. 5S Projects
    • 10.-Portfolio and Student Learning Plan engagement"
  • This subject focuses on the principles and tools associated with contemporary Lean Thinking and practice. Lean Thinking or ‘lean’ is a systematic method of continuous improvement through minimising waste without sacrificing productivity, creating more value for customers. It has been identified and applied by many organisations as a key strategy to organise human and production activities to deliver more benefits to the organisation and the customer. It does this by eliminating waste, creating knowledge, respecting people, building in quality, visualising practices, and managing workflow. Activities and assessment tasks in this subject will focus on identifying and analysing lean tools, applying them in practice, and assessing their contribution to continuous improvement and excellence in an organisation.

    In conjunction with the discipline theory, this subject introduces learning through practice by exposing you to authentic learning experiences. These experiences are placed at the centre of learning and assessment, so you have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary to respond to industry, community and/or global needs. 

    You will be introduced to:

    - a range of methods, tools, techniques and approaches to practice

    - principles and perspectives such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership in real world scenarios

    - reflection and deliberative thinking as a means of developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations

    - ways of understanding problems and developing solutions through active inquiry.

    • Portfolio and Experiential Learning Report (50%)
    • Lean Tools Assessment (30%)
    • Waste Walk Reflection & Artefacts (20%)
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  • Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.

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Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Weekly online 90 min tutorial; 1 x half to full day online workshop per semester.

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