Process Improvement Techniques

Module summary

Module code: GEEN1042
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Grahame Baker



• To provide students with a strategic overview of which tools and techniques will be useful in improving operational effectiveness, and a critical review of their theory and practi
• To develop the students understanding of process improvement techniques and how to select the right tool for the situation they face.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Identify waste and quantify productivity problems in industrial settings, select and apply the appropriate tools to eliminate or reduce the waste and solve the productivity problem faced to achieve the improvement targeted
2 Critically appraise the process improvement tools available and quantify the degree of success of an initiative
3 Understand how Operations Improvement initiatives link with and effect all areas of a company
4 Understand how assumptions and cultural aspects can impact analysis and perception of a situation

Indicative content

• Overall Equipment Effectiveness measurement
• Problem/waste identification (learning to see)
• Total Productive Maintenance
• Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
• Team selection and building
• 5S
• Process Variability Reduction
• Quick Change Over
• Theory of Constraints
• Pre-control charts

Teaching and learning activity

The Module will be taught by a combination of formal lectures and tutorials featuring real-world case studies.


Report 1 - 50%
LO - 1,4.
Pass mark - 40%
1500 words.
Analytical assignment : Analysis of a simulated industrial problem and recommending potential areas of improvement.

Report 2 - 50%
LO - 2,3.
Pass mark - 40%
1500 words.
Consultative Report: Develop recommendations and a “business proposal” to tackle the problem analysed in the analytical assignment.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Online quizzes, tutorial discussions.

Pre and co requisites

None, but prefer students to also be taking PROD 1002 Quality Engineering (will combine with this to a 30 credit 'long' option).