Full Title:Agri-Food Business Excellence
Module Code:AGRI S8003
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Description:The student will gain up to date knowledge of the various concepts and best practices used to maximise efficient food production. Business Excellence will develop the student’s knowledge, understanding, application and ability to combine the different lean tools in order to maximise productivity, reduce waste and improve customer satisfaction i.e. the Lean Manufacturing Approach. The student will evaluate how best to apply proven World Class Techniques, used in the most most successful companies regardless of product/service characteristics, in order to improve Key Performance Indicators (KPI's)and ensure the business's long term sustainability.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss the World Class Tools and Processes that are applied by the most successful companies to excel in business performance and ensure long term sustainability.
  2. Evalute and apply an appropiate problem solving methodology in order to analyse,identify and eliminate the Root Cause(s) of any reoccuring or potential problem(s).
  3. Appraise any agri/food SME and critically review its effectiveness and efficiency with respect to a range of appropriate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  4. Apply proven Lean Tools/Process's to i) evaluate, analyse and optimise scarce resources, ii)identify, categorise and then reduce/eliminate all waste.
  5. Analyse and evaluate workplace organisation and incorporate Visual Mangement techniques in order to improve efficiency and reduce waste and complexity

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Business Excellence models
An introduction to the Irish Business Excellence Model and other excellence models such as EFQM, Baldridge and Deming awards
Problem solving and Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
Practical Problem Solving i.e. Find, Fix and Eliminate the problem using a systematic approach. For example using the PDCA system or the 8 Disciplines (8D)of problem solving and other tools such as Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) the 5 WHY approach, and Poyke Yoke etc.
Waste reduction and continuous improvement
Application of modern production philosophy and techniques to drive the business in a way that ensures it meets present and future needs. For example, waste idenification and elimination (MUDA). Continuous Improvement through Teamwork (e.g. Kaizan).
Lean Tools
Discover the “The Hidden Factory/Farm” using tools such as Overall Equipment Efficiency. Strive for Perfection e.g. The Six Sigma Approach, Visual Management, Five S etc. Standardisation of complex tasks and proceses
Key performance indicators and benchmarking
Selection and Management of Key Performance Indicators e.g. Profit, Yield, Inventory Turns etc. Design the ideal DASHBOARD.
Zero inventory - matching production to demand
Inventory management using a PULL not Push philosophy i.e.Just In Time (JIT) and KANBANs i.e. the goal is to have a Zero Inventory approach.
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lectures, case studies, industrial and farm visits
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test A written closed book exam. 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Project The student will review/analyse a typical SME and determine how best to measure the business's effectiveness and efficiency in judging what are the appropiate Key Performance indicators (KPI's)needed. The student may also be required to design an appropiate KPI or Ideal Dashboard. 1,2,3,4,5 30.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Related to course content 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Related to course content 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading Related to course content and project 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Keegan. R, O’ Kelly. E. 2004, Applied Benchmarking for Competitiveness, 1st Ed., Oak Tree Press [ISBN: 978-1860762710]
  • Taiichi, O. 2013, Workplace Management, Reprint Ed., McGraw Hill Professional [ISBN: 978-0071808019]
  • Kearney,M., Florida,R. 1993, Beyond Mass Production, Oxford University Press
  • Waterman, H. Robert, Peters, Tom 2004, In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies, 2nd Ed., Profile Books [ISBN: 978-1861977168]
  • Harvard Business School Press 2009, Harvardv Business Review on Manufacturing Excellence at Toyota [ISBN: 978-1422179772]
  • Peters, Tom 2012, The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence, 1st Ed., Harper Business [ISBN: 978-0061894107]
  • Liker, Jeffery 2004, The Toyota Way, Reissue edition Ed., McGrath-Hill Professional [ISBN: 978-0071392310]
  • Taiichi, O . 1988, Toyota Production System; Beyond Large- Scale Production, 1st Ed., Productivity Press [ISBN: 978-0915299140]
  • Womac, P. James, Jones, T. Danial, Roos, Danial. 2007, The Machine that Cjanged the World, REprint ed. Ed., Free Press [ISBN: 978-0743299794]
  • Imai, Masaaki 2004, Gemba Kaizan, 1st Ed., McGrath-Hill [ISBN: 978-0070314467]
  • Liker, Jeffery, Franz, K. James 2011, The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement., 1st Ed., MCGrath-Hill Professional [ISBN: 978-0071477468]
  • George, L. Michael, Rowlands, T. David, Kastle Bill 2003, What is Lean Sigma, MCGrath-Hill Professional [ISBN: 978-0071426688]
  • George, L. Michael 2004, The Lean Six Sigma Poket Toolbox, 1st Ed., McGrath-Hill
  • Munro, A. Rodrick 2007, The Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Handbook, ASQ Quality Press [ISBN: 978-0873896986]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 8 Mandatory
DK_SFOAB_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Food and Agri Business 2 Mandatory
DK_SSUAG _8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sustainable Agriculture 2 Mandatory