Courses & Units

Lean Thinking ZAA140

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Unit delivery is subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.


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
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 International Domestic
Launceston Term 4 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Term 4 On-Campus International 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 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

  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



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $2,702.00 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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