Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise

Module description

This module provides you with an understanding of the latest manufacturing and enterprise concepts and techniques including lean and agility and demonstrates how the manufacturing and service industry may be helped by employing these concepts and techniques.

Pre-requisite module: ECM2106 or equivalent.
 

Full module specification

Module title:Agile, Lean and Competitive Enterprise
Module code:ECMM113
Module level:M
Academic year:2013/4
Module lecturers:
  • Professor David Zhang - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:

7.5

Pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:

11 weeks

Duration (weeks) - term 2:

0

Duration (weeks) - term 3:

0

Module aims

To provide an understanding of the latest manufacturing and enterprise concepts and techniques including lean and agility and demonstrate how the manufacturing and service industry may be helped by employing these concepts and techniques.

 

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).

 


This module correlates to references E1, P3, MU1 - MU4, ME1, MD1, MS1, MS2, MP1, GM1, GM3 and GM4. These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at http://www.engc.org.uk


 

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. show a systematic understanding of lean principles, agility strategy, and other manufacturing concepts, including their limitations;
  • 2. demonstrate in writing, in-depth knowledge and understanding of the tools and techniques used to improve competitiveness through lean and agile principles;
  • 3. appreciate of the suitability, benefits (etc) of advanced manufacturing concepts in improving industrial competitiveness.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. assess the business environment of a company and formulate continuous improvement strategies;
  • 5. analyse business needs and identify suitable business tools to implement a continuous improvement programme;
  • 6. recognise industrial situations that can be improved through leanness and agility.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. exhibit professional project management skills, through set assignments;
  • 8. work constructively and supportively within a team, adapting any role required, to develop solutions to typical new business problems;
  • 9. illustrate professional communication and presentation skills.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
441060

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities20Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities24Scheduled self-study and mini-projects
Guided independent study106Lecture and assessment preparation; wider reading

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework – assignment 125UnspecifiedAllWritten
Coursework – assignment 225UnspecifiedAllWritten
Coursework –project50UnspecifiedAllWritten

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
All aboveCoursework (100%)AllCompleted over summer with a deadline in August

Re-assessment notes

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.
 

For referred candidate the maximum mark is the pass-mark for the programme on which the student is enrolled.
For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

Syllabus plan

The module will run in two sub-streams in respect to competitiveness: Lean Enterprise and Agile Manufacturing. Lectures are meant to be a guide on topics and students learn through directed reading, class discussions and research dissertation.

Lean Enterprise:

(1) Introducing the module. 

(2) The principles of lean manufacturing and enterprise.

(3) Value stream mapping and production wastes. 

(4) Product analysis and cellular manufacturing. 

(5) Pull system, JIT and Kanban. 

(6) Continuous improvement schemes. Kaisen and Kaikaku, workplace organisation and 5Cs.  SPC and 6-sigma. 

Agile Manufacturing and other s:

(1) The principles of agility.

(2) Agility strategies.  Business systems analysis for agility.

(3) Agility drivers, capabilities and performances.

(4) Virtual enterprise

(5) Mass customisation

(6) Strategy formulation, implementation and continuous improvement
 

Agile Manufacturing and other s:
(1) The principles of agility.
(2) Agility strategies.  Business systems analysis for agility.
(3) Agility drivers, capabilities and performances.
(4) Virtual enterprise
(5) Mass customisation
(6) Strategy formulation, implementation and continuous improvement

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

  1. ,The New Lean Toolbox,Bicheno, John,3rd edition,Buckingham: Picsie Press,2004,338.47 BIC,000-0-954-12441-3,
  2. ,Lean Thinking,Womac James P and Jones Daniel T,2nd,Free Press,2003,658 WOM,0743249275,
  3. ,Agile Manufacturing: Forging New Frontiers,Kidd, Paul T.,,Addison Wesley,1994,658.5 KID,000-0-201-63163-6,
  4. ,Agile manufacturing : the 21st century competitive strategy,Gunasekaran, A.,,Elsevier,2001,658.5 GUN,008043567X,
  5. ,Mass Customization: the New Frontier in Business Competition,Pine, Joseph B.,,Harvard Business School,1999,658.56 PIN,000-0-875-84946-6,
  6. ,A methodology for assisting manufacturing organisations to implement agile manufacturing,Sharifi, H,PhD Thesis,Liverpool,1999,658.5 SHA,,

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Origin date

19/11/2012

Last revision date

22/11/2012