Course Title: Improve cost factors in work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: BUSM5831C

Course Title: Improve cost factors in work practices

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5210 - Diploma of Textile Technology and Production Management

Course Contact : Rafael Beltran

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9179

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to improve cost factors in work practices. Students will assess the relative costs of alternatives and use this in decision making to the betterment of throughput and cycle times.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MCMT430A Improve cost factors in work practices


1. Analyse cost components of team’s functions
2. Improve cost efficiency of team processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify cost components in the product or process
1.2 Identify costs factors under control of the team
1.3 Identify causes of variability in costs
1.4 Analyse impact of costs on production or process activities undertaken by team
2.1 Identify methods of improving productivity and/or reducing costs within team's area of responsibility
2.2 Determine cost/ benefit ratio of alternative methods improving productivity and/or reducing costs
2.3 Consult with all relevant stakeholders regarding possible changes
2.4 Recommend changes which will increase productivity and reduce cost and variability
2.5 Implement recommended changes in consultation with relevant stakeholders

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Lectures, discussions, industry visits, case studies and classroom group activities.

Teaching Schedule

Week BeginningWeekly Schedule Element
Performance Criteria
Assessment Tasks
9 February 09Data analysis, data handling, frequency distribution1, 1.3, 2 
16 February 09Statistical process control tools, check sheet, Root cause analysis2.4, 2.5 
23 February 09Pareto analysis, Box plot, practical trial of pareto2.4, 2.5No : 1
Quiz -1 (Element 1, 1.3, 2, 2.4, 2.5)
2 March 09Control limits, control charts for variables3, 3.1, 2.1, 2.2No : 2
Case Study for Pareto -1 (Element 2.4, 2.5)
9 March 09Control charts for attributes, Run chart2.1, 2.3 
16 March 09Sampling scheme, different types of sampling1.1No : 3
Quiz-1 (Element 2.1, 2.3)
23 March 09AQL and determination of sampling size1.1No : 4
Case Study – 2 (Element 1.1)
30 March 09Cost of non-conformance2.6 
6 April 09  Easter holidays  
13 April 09 Easter holidays  
20 April 09 Quick Revision of MCMT430A  5. Quiz – 2 (Covered Element of MCMT452A - Whole syllabus)
27 April 09 Cost Components 1.1 (MCMT430A) 
4 May 09 Cost analysis, constraints to cost, cost variables, cost benefit analysis

 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 (MCMT430A) 
11 May 09 Stakeholder analysis, Internal / external customer  2.3, 2.5 (MCMT430A) 6. Quiz – 3 (Covered Element of MCMT430A - 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4)
18 May 09 Lean manufacturing, JIT 2.1, 2.4 (MCMT430A) 
25 May 09 Kaizen 2.1, 2.4 (MCMT430A) 7. Game, Observation, Discussion and quiz (Covered Element of MCMT430A - 2.1, 2.4)
1 June 09 5S 2.1, 2.4 (MCMT430A) 
8 June 09 Total quality awareness, TPM, 6 sigma 2.2 (MCMT430A) 8. Work place activity, observation and quiz (Covered Element of MCMT430A - 2.1, 2.4)
15 June 09 Quick revision and any Queries  9. Quiz – 4 (Covered Element of MCMT430A - Whole syllabus)
22June 09 Assessment Week  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Rother and Shook, “Value stream mapping workshop”, Lean Enterprise Australia, 2002.
Womack and Jones, “Learning to see”, The Lean Enterprise Institute, USA, 2003

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students will study the course, Improve cost factors, in tutorials, prescribed exercises and assessment work.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment No 6 Quiz 20%
Assessment No 7 Game, Observation, Discussion and Quiz 25%
Assessment No 8 Workplace activity, Observation and Quiz 25%
Assessment No 9 Quiz 30%

Assessment Matrix

ElementQuizCase StudyPractical Example / In class ActivityGame / ObservationWork place activity / Observation
1. MCMT430A / Analyse cost components of team’s function -Yes---
2. MCMT430A / Improve cost efficiency of team processes.Yes--YesYes

Other Information

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