Learning Curve a Case

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Assignment 1: Learning Curve “A” Case

Assignment questions

1. 10.8 – 6 = 4.8

6 hours for one unit x .8 = 4.8

learning curve therefore is 80%

10.8 x .8 = 8.64 / 2 units = 4.32 average hours per unit

19.2 x .8 = 15.36 / 4 units = 3.84 average hours per unit

35.2 x .8 = 28.16 / 8 units = 3.52 average hours per unit

64 x .8 = 51.2 / 16 units = 3.2 average hours per unit

115.2 x .8 = 92.16 / 32 units = 2.88 average hours per unit

211.2 x .8 = 168.96 / 64 units = 2.64 average hours per unit

384 x .8 = 307.2 / 128 units = 2.4 average hours per unit

Or, you could do the equation as hours per unit 10.8 (2 units) x learning curve .8 = 8.64 / 2 units = 4.32 average hours per unit.

2. The overall average improvement rate seems to be 32%; the appropriate learning curve is 80%.

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4. Are gains from learning realized early in production or at a later point?

The gains from learning are realized quite quickly, within the first couple units.

5. A learning curve applies to improvements in the direct labor portion of a process. How does the learning curve differ from the experience curve?

According to definitions by Hall and Starr, the experience curve is an analytical tool designed to quantify the rate at which experience accumulated output, to date affects total lifetime costs. The experience curve is broader than the learning curve with respect to the costs covered, the range of output during which the reductions in costs take place and the causes of reduction.

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