SMF3004 - Learning factories


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2017/2018

Course content

Lean; philosophy, principals, tools and methods.

Lean leadership principals and ¿the Norwegian model¿

Manufacturing and production strategies

Production process and flow

Value chain analysis

Production planning

Lab exercises



Internet of things and industry 4.0

Learning outcome

The course is a practical study of operations management, including productions technology, processes and organisation. The student will develop their skills through project work in lab experience and theoretical assignments.  For logistics students, the course is an elective replacing the bachelor thesis.Expected learning outcome:The subject combines theory with practical exercise in lab and project work. It is close related the manufacturing environment around NTNU at Gjøvik, and the world class Raufoss industrial park.Expected skills at end course:

Knowledge about theories in operations management, including lean.

Knowledge about tools and methods for analyse and design optimal material and production workflows.

Knowledge about the possibilities and consequences of technology development in production methods, planning and integration of the value chain.



Able to reflect and make decisions based on theoretical methods of operations management

Able to use relevant tools and expressions for efficient work process, e.g. lean.

Able to analyse the organisations productions processes, value chain and how it is organised.

Able to reflect on own choices.


General competences:

Understanding of the complexity of organising production processes

Recognise innovation in operations management.

Learning methods and activities


Group work

Practical exercises

Project work




The course combines traditional lectures with lab. Related to the exercises in the lab, the students delivers an assessment based on their own defined problem statements. Based on methodical approach, it is expected a in-depth analysis of related problems.

Further on evaluation

No re-sit examination. If fail the the course must be taken anew the next time the course is run.

Assessments/project work related to the lab exercise will be the course evaluation.It will contain minimum 3 deliveries, (Lean lab, manufacturing lab, Industry 4.0).Project work can be group or individual assessments.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Logistics (BLOG)

Course materials

Curriculum is announced at the start of the course.

In addition comes the students own choise of litterature related to the prosject.


Detailed timetable


  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.