Courses & Units

Lean Thinking ZAA140

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Unit delivery is subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.


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 work flow. Activities and assessment tasks in this unit will focus on identifying and analysing lean tools, applying them in practice, and assessing their contribution to continuous improvement and excellence in an organisation. This will be achieved through a range of activities including documenting and diarising processes, site visits, field trips, and writing an experiential learning report to apply discipline knowledge to practice.


Unit name Lean Thinking
Unit code ZAA140
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School University College
Discipline Applied Business

Jodie Lee

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Term 4 On-Campus Domestic
Launceston Term 4 On-Campus Off-Campus International Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 4 On-Campus Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 4 12/10/2020 2/11/2020 17/11/2020 18/12/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 080317

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Teaching Pattern

Blended mode: Online content, full-day workshop (x2), weekly tutorials


AT1: Waste walk reflection & artefacts (20%)

AT2: Lean tools assessment (30%)

AT3: Portfolio and experiential learning report (50%)

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