MT1444 Lean Production

Programme course, 7,5 Higher education credits, First cycle, spring semester 2024

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the concept of lean production and an understanding of the relationship between philosophy, principles and tools of Lean production.


  • Type of instruction: Distance, day, part-time 50%
  • Period : 2024-January-15 until 2024-March-24
  • Education level: G1N
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is Swedish.
  • Location: Some or all of education and examination is held at distance.
  • No. of occasions: Mandatory: none, Voluntary: none
  • Main field of study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: General requirements for university studies.


• The underlying philosophy, strategies and principles of Lean production
• Stable processes
• Continuous improvement and standardized approach
• Visual management and 5S
• Set up time Reduction
• Pulling production system and Kanban
• Smoothed production
• Continuous flow
• Value Flow
• Hoshin planning and Jidoka

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • describe the basic strategies and principles of Lean production
  • explain the purpose of setup reduction, and describe the methodology for setup reduction
  • explain the purpose of the tools 5S and standardized way of working and be able to describe the methodology of these tools
  • describe the visual management tool
  • compare the pull and push production systems
  • conduct a value stream analysis in a production section in an enterprise
  • explain the importance of continual improvements in a Lean Enterprise
  • apply the PDCA method for continuous improvement
  • describe the requirements and methods for implementation of Lean production

Course literature and other teaching material

Liker, Jeffery K. (2009). / / The Toyota Way. / / Edition 1. Liber AB, Malmö.
ISBN: 978-91-47-08902 -4.

Course literature and other teaching material

Liker, Jeffery K. (2009). / / The Toyota Way. / / Edition 1. Liber AB, Malmö.
ISBN: 978-91-47-08902 -4.

Learning methods

The literature is studied individually and then applied to a number of tasks to be submitted individually. The supervisor of the course then examines the data submitted and provide comments on them.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.


Planned learning activities

Lectures and project.

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.


Component examinations for the course
Code Title ECTS credits Grade
1310 Assignment 1 1.5 G-U
1320 Assignment 2 1.5 G-U
1330 Assignment 3 1.5 G-U
1340 Assignment 4 1.5 G-U
1350 Examination 1.5 A-F


The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.


More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.

There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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