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Introduction to Lean 7.5 credits

Introduktion till Lean
First cycle, K0014N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Quality Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Industrial Engineering and Management

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 2a or 2b or 2c.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
After the course, the student should be able to:
  • Describe the history of Lean.
  • Describe important values and principles in the Lean philosophy.
  • Describe commonly used Lean methods and tools.
  • Apply a selection of Lean methods and methods for continuous improvement.
  • Describe and discuss how companies and other organization can and should work with Lean, for example by suggesting how important Lean principles can be supported by methods and tools.
  • Demonstrate the ability to search new and relevant information about Lean and relate it to an organization that the student is familiar with.
  • Describe and discuss the connection between Lean and other forms of quality improvement work and improvement concepts.

The course covers values and important principles that characterize Lean implementation in organizations. The course gives a historic retrospect over the growth of the Lean concept from the Toyota production system to western interpretations of Lean. The course covers commonly used Lean tools and the student will apply a selection of these as part of the course. The course is not focused on any specific branch or industry; the literature has examples from both manufacturing and service organizations.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is Internet-based and teaching and learning material is available through LTU’s teaching platform. There are no gatherings in Luleå. Please note that parts of the examination assignment normally are performed as group work. Group assignments are normally carried out in collaboration with real organizations. The teaching is made up of individual work based on the course literature the web-based material in the course. Part of the teaching can be held in English.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The examination includes individual web-based quizzes, group assignments, and a final individual written exam (i.e. home exam). All examination assignments must be completed to pass the course.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Erik Vanhatalo

Literature. Valid from Spring 2016 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
The course literature mainly consists of the latest editions of the following three books:
• Petersson, P. m.fl. (2015). Lean – Gör avvikelser till framgång! Tredje omarbetade upplagan. Part Development AB, Part Development AB. ISBN: 978-91-980372-3-4
• Modig, N. & Åhlström, P. (2012). Detta är Lean. Stockholm: SSE Institute for Research. ISBN: 9789186797072.
• Liker, J.K. (2009). The Toyota Way - Lean för världsklass. Malmö: Liber. ISBN: 9789147089024.

Information about how to order the books and about possible discounts for students is sent out by LTU about two weeks before the course starts.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Tests, Seminar assignment, Take-home workU G#7.50MandatoryA07

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 15 Feb 2018