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MTT096 - Production management
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-18 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
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Written and oral assignments 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Docent  Peter Almström


MTT095   Production management

Course evaluation:


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 Program in Production Engineering and knowledge equivalent to the course PPU160 Production systems.


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.
- 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 basics in Lean Production and Supply Chain Management.
- Make basic sourcing decisions.
- Make investment, product, and profitability calculations.
- Manage maintenance and other support functions.
- Account for the importance of standardized operations and minimizing variation.
- Make a work sampling study and establish allowances.
- Assess the productivity potential of a factory after a short visit.
- Manage improvement projects in production.
- Discuss the relation between management and union.
- Explain how shop-floor data can be used in production management.

The students will also retrieve insight into practical problems of managing a manufacturing operation.


Topics covered are:
- Production management concepts and philosophies.
- Deployment of strategy and KPIs.
- Introduction to Lean production, Lean thinking, and Toyota Production System.
- Supply Chain Management and extended enterprise.
- Sourcing decisions.
- Product calculation and cost allocation models.
- Investment calculation and decision process.
- Profitability analysis based on production improvements.
- Production support management.
- Productivity and standardized work.
- Allowances and Work sampling.
- Productivity Potential Assessment (PPA).
- Production improvement organization and methods.
- Management of improvement projects and change management.
- Practical production management.
- Union relations and negotiations and incentive systems.
- Manufacturing Execution Systems


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


The literature will consist of chapters from text books, articles and handouts from lectures. All literature will be available in electronic form at no cost for the student.


The course will be examined through individual written assignments every week and group assignments. There is no written exam in the end of the course.

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