Courses & Units

Lean Thinking ZAA140


This unit 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 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. In conjunction with the discipline theory, this unit 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.


Unit name Lean Thinking
Unit code ZAA140
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline Business and Management UC
Coordinator Mrs Jodie Lee
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, describe and communicate the principles and processes of lean thinking.
  • Select and apply tools and techniques of lean thinking in an organisational context
  • Identify and reflect on behaviours, principles and perspectives with respect to lean thinking in the workplace
  • Develop, apply and communicate approaches for continuous improvement and organisational excellence

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

ZAA110 Lean Thinking


Teaching Pattern

On-campus students: Weekly online 90 min tutorial; 1 x half to full day workshop per semester.

Off-campus students: Weekly online 90 min tutorial; 1 x half to full day online workshop per semester.

AssessmentAT1: Waste walk reflection & artefacts (20%)|AT2: Lean Tools Assessment (30%)|AT3: Portfolio and Experiential Learning Report (50%)
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