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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEB6527

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC for 1/14/13. Pending concurrrence from Industrial Eng. Faculty emailed 1/25/13. Concurrence confirmed 2/4/13. GC approved 2/4/13. to USF Sys 2/20/13. to SCNS 2/28/13 Apprd eff 5/1/13. Nmbr 6611 apprd 6527

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    3036 2012-12-03
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Deans Office BA 140100 10000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Irene Hurst 8139744517

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEB 6527 Lean Six Sigma

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Lean Six Sigma
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0




    Course Description

    In this course students gain experience with process improvement from a Lean and Six Sigma perspective. The course shows Lean as a management philosophy to eliminate waste, and Six Sigma as tools and ideas to reduce variation and improving quality.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed to compete with national trends

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course has been offered twice a year and has been taken by 20 - 30 students each semester.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Training or experience in Lean and Six Sigma.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Upon completion of the course everyone should:

    1.understand how a poor process consumes capacity and capability.

    2.understand how to use Minitab for basic analysis.

    3.understand basic tools used to drive process improvement.

    4.understand the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of Six Sigma.

    5.understand the basics of the Toyota Production System.

    6.understand the complexity of 5S programs.

    7.understand how successful companies make Lean Six Sigma an important part of their competitive strategy.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completing this course the successful student will:

    1.Understand the immediate and long-term benefits of a successful process improvement initiative.

    2.Understand how a bad business process can waste labor, equipment, and space capacity.

    3.Understand the reasons and implementation strategies for 5S methodologies.

    4.Know how successful businesses have leveraged Lean Six Sigma philosophies.

    5.Know how to gather and analyze data to benchmark and improve a business process.

    C. Major Topics

    Principles of Lean Thinking

    Lean Priciples in different industries

    Principles of Six Sigma

    How successful companies use Lean Six sigma in their strategy

    D. Textbooks

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Additional cases as assigned by faculty.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    This course is worth 250 points. Case anay A “plus-minus” grading system is employed in this course with grades assigned on a percentage basis as outlined below.

    Letter Grade Percent Score

    A 93% - 100%

    A- 90% - 93%

    B+ 87% - 90%

    B 83% - 87%

    B- 80% - 83%

    C+ 77% - 80%

    C 73% - 77%

    C- 70% - 73%

    D+ 67% - 70%

    D 63% - 67%

    D- 60% - 63%

    F Below 60%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Group case analysis

    Terminology quiz

    Minitabs Assignmnent - small group assignment

    H. Attendance Policy

    This course is delivered in very short period on time and attendance in each session is mandatory. Missing one session might affect the grade negatively.

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Except for those items set forth in the Attendance Policy, students will not be allowed to make-up class work. For those students meeting the attendance policy exceptions, all make-up work must comply with the USF Policy on Academic Integrity.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MBA and other MS programs within the College of Business.

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Industrial Engineering.

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