Want to streamline manufacturing and logistic processes?
Organizations always want to work smarter in order to save time, effort, resources and money. The Process Optimization programme helps you to become the creative mind who can spot and solve inefficiencies in production and manufacturing processes. Learn about the relevant models to assess the process in question and receive training on how to convince management of necessary changes. Moreover, you will be able to implement your own proposed improvements within an existing organization.
What's Process Optimization like?
From the start of this programme, you'll convey theory into practice and work on a project at a real company for two days a week. On top of this, it is possible to obtain a Six Sigma Green Belt certificate. Below you can read how this bachelor's level programme of 30 ECTS credits is structured.
Process Optimization project (10 ECTS credits)
Get ready to enter the professional world, because you will spend two days a week working at a company in or near Zwolle! This company will provide a complex problem and situation. You will be part of a small group of students actively engaging in tackling this problem. In the past, students have completed projects for companies such as Scania, Unilever, Abbott, Ola, Bosch and Nefit.
The main goal of the project is to assess the quality of a business process. You and your team will use Lean/Six Sigma to come up with improvements in a structured way and to implement these in an existing organization. The other subjects that are part of this programme provide the training and knowledge you need to turn your project into a success.
Change management (5 ECTS credits)
Gain insight into the nature and complexity of organizational change and its effect on human capital. Additionally, you learn how to design and implement change professionally and develop leadership skills in change processes.
You will cover the following subjects:
- Importance of organizational change. Because how do businesses manage themselves a dynamic world and why is change is so difficult?
- The different ways of thinking about change in organizations
- The main elements of planned change. This includes diagnosis, change strategy, interventions, communication, sensemaking and steering
Theme Process Optimization (2 ECTS credits)
The objective of this module is twofold: first to integrate the knowledge acquired in the courses by attending guest lectures and excursions to companies. Second to learn from different cultures through group collaboration. Social activities are organized to facilitate students from diverse backgrounds to integrate in the groups.
Lean/QRM (5 ECTS credits)
Many organizations run numerous improvement projects. These ambitious projects tend to tie up people for considerable amounts of time, on top of their normal tasks.
Each individual project assesses a current problem within the organization as a whole. The question is, is there also improvement in the bottom-line performance of the organization after completing a project? If there is no process to address the constraint in the organization, there is also no focus which areas should be addressed. In this course you will learn to set up a process to address the restrictions within the organization and increase the performance of an organization as a whole.
- The course starts with a LEGO game to make clear how Lean Management works.
- You will achieve a more advanced knowledge of Kaizen, Lean and Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM).
- Maturity models are used to gain insight when best to apply which method.
- Beside topics as Training Within Industry (TWI) and Value Stream Mapping (VSM), we will also address organizational challenges when implementing continuous improvement systems.
Simulation (5 ECTS credits)
During the Simulation module, you will learn how to use simulation study for logistical purposes. After this course, you will be able to recognize when simulation can be used as a tool for decision-making, especially for logistical problems in a manufacturing environment. You will also be able to use the software Enterprise Dynamics, make simple calculations as a means of validating a simulation study and to interpret and analyze the results from a simulation study.
Six Sigma (5 ECTS credits)
Through lectures and seminars, you will get to know the Six Sigma methodology (Design, Measure, Analyse, Implement, Control, or DMAIC) as a tool for improving processes. You participate in a workshop Design of Experiments by Abbott and get the opportunity to achieve a Six Sigma Green Belt certificate (€ 50).
Complete your exchange semester or year by taking one or more electives. The module Introduction to Windesheim is compulsory for all international students, but you are free to choose from the other options. You will receive ECTS credits when you complete a module successfully.
Want to know more about the exchange programme of Process Optimization? Check the course catalogue for more information about matters such as assessment and teaching methods.
- Process Optimization project (10 ECTS credits)
When you decide to do an exchange programme at Windesheim, you have to sign the Learning Agreement of your programme. The Learning Agreement is a crucial document for the recognition of a study period abroad. It is an agreement between you, your university and Windesheim.