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MTT095 - Production management
Syllabus adopted 2011-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPEN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   17 Dec 2012 pm M,  06 Apr 2013 am V,  26 Aug 2013 pm M

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Docent  Peter Almström

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Same as for Chalmers Master's Programme in Production Engineering.


The objective of the course is to give a comprehensive introduction to production management valid for all future work roles within the production engineering field. There will be a strong focus on practical and applicable knowledge with several interactions with industry. Theories and concepts presented in the course will have a broad application area within production of all kind of goods. However, application examples, student assignments etc. will focus on the manufacturing industry. A broad overview of the manufacturing enterprise and important concepts and philosophies for organising and managing manufacturing firms will be provided in order to form a common base and terminology for the successive courses as well as for the student's future professional career.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After the course the students will be able to:
- Discern and select between different production concepts and philosophies.
- Put the production function into an enterprise context.
- Formulate manufacturing strategy.
- Define key performance indicators that measures and control the production according to strategy.
- Define important concepts such as productivity, flexibility and quality in a production context.
- Account for the importance of standardized operations and minimizing variation.
- Manage improvement projects in production.
- Make investment, product, and profitability calculations.
The students will also retrieve insight into practical problems of managing a manufacturing operation.


Topics covered are:
Week 1
- Introduction
- Production (management) concepts and philosophies (e.g. Lean-, Agile-, Reconfigurable-, Sustainable Production).
- Manufacturing strategy
- Deployment of strategy and KPIs.
Week 2
- Lean production (introduction to Lean thinking and TPS)
- Supply Chain Management (Introduction to external production logistics and extended enterprise))
- Material handling (Introduction to internal logistics: technology and control principles)
Week 3
- Production economy: Product calculation, cost allocation models, ABC
- Production economy: Investment calculation
- Production economy: Profitability analysis
- Quantitative methods (balancing, buffer size, EOQ...)
- Disturbance handling and maintenance
Week 4
- Productivity and standardized work
- Allowances and Work sampling
- Productivity Potential Assessment (PPA), intro to company study
Week 5
- Production improvement: Improvement groups and organization, methods: 6 sigma, MDC, Kaizen...
- Management of improvement projects and change management (guest lecture by consultant)
- Change management: industrial psychology (motivation theory etc)
- Company study: PPA light
Week 6
- Practical production management, incentive systems, salary models
- Union relations and negotiations
- Company study: Production manager interview
Week 7
- Study visit to Volvo Cars (Blå tåget + lectures)
- Company studies presentations
- Summary and Closure


The spine of the course will be lectures combined with student assignments. There will be several industrial visits and guest lectures by practitioners from industry.


The literature will consist of a text book, articles and handouts from lecturers.


The course will be examined through a written exam, fulfilled exercises, and project work.

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