Course Title: Improve cost factors in work practices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

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

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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
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, tutorials, online activities, workshops where students are challenged to reflect and debate on different value positions, concepts and issues. They are required to actively engage in case study material, problem solving activities, videos, self-reflection and discussion.

Teaching Schedule

Week BeginningWeekly Schedule Element
Performance Criteria
8 February 10Data analysis, data handling, frequency distribution 1.3, 2 (MCMT452A)
15 February 10Statistical process control tools, check sheet, Root cause analysis 2.4, 2.5 (MCMT452A)
22 February 10Pareto analysis, Box plot, practical trial of pareto 2.4, 2.5 (MCMT452A)
1 March 10Control limits, control charts for variables 3, 3.1, 2.1, 2.2 (MCMT452A)
8 March 10 (labour Day)Control charts for attributes, Run chart 2.1, 2.3 (MCMT452A)
15 March 10Sampling scheme, different types of sampling 1.1 (MCMT452A)
22 March 09AQL and determination of sampling size 1.1 (MCMT452A)
5 April 10Cost of non-conformance 2.6 (MCMT452A)
12 April 10Cost Components 1.1 (MCMT230A)
19 April 10Cost analysis, constraints to cost, cost variables, cost benefit analysis 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 (MCMT230A)
26 April 10 (ANZAC Day)Stakeholder analysis, Internal / external customer 2.3, 2.5 (MCMT230A)
3 May 10Lean manufacturing, JIT 2.1, 2.4 (MCMT230A)
10 May 10Kaizen 2.1, 2.4 (MCMT230A)
17 May 105S 2.1, 2.4 (MCMT230A)
24 May 10Total quality awareness, TPM, 6 sigma 2.2 (MCMT230A)
31 May 10 QUIZ 
7 June 10Quick revision and any Queries 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


For MCMT452A : Study material and internet

For MCMT230A: Apply Competitive manufacturing practices, Implementing a competitive manufacturing system, Improve cost factors in work practices by Aspire training and consulting,
• 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 Tasks for MCMT452A (Apply Statistics to Processes in Manufacturing)

Assessment No 1 --Quiz 
Assessment No 2 --Exercise and practical example 
Assessment No 3 --In class activity 
Assessment No 4 --Exercise 
Assessment No 5 --Test 

Assessment Tasks for MCMT230A (Apply Cost Factors to Work Practices)

Assessment No 6 --Quiz 
Assessment No 7 --Game, Observation, Discussion and Quiz 
Assessment No 8 --Workplace activity, Observation and Quiz 
Assessment No 9 --Quiz 

Assessment Matrix

ElementQuizExercisePractical Example / In class ActivityGame / ObservationWork place activity / Observation
1. MCMT452A / Collect Process DataYES    

2. MCMT452A / Interpret data
3. MCMT452A / Calculate Control LimitsYES    
4. MCMT230A / Analyse cost components of team’s function  YES   
5. MCMT230A / Improve cost efficiency of team processes.YES  YESYES

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