Course Outline - Learning Curves

Learning Curve Theory and Application is a 16-hour, two-day on-site program. Designed for cost estimators, pricing analysts, IEs, program and production managers, buyers, financial managers and accountants, the program shows how to use learning curves to estimate costs and price and negotiate agreements with customers or suppliers.

This is the most widely-presented and enthusiastically received program on curve application in the country today. It has been presented to literally thousands of professionals since inception in 1975. It is of particular value to manufacturers of aerospace and electronic equipment, and those companies that deal with the Federal government. Many exercises and examples are used. Attendees work and discuss multiple estimating problems. In this program, participants are also given a complimentary copy of Production Technology's unique learning curve software, CURV1, a $119 value.


1.0  Introduction to Learning Curve Theory

2.0  Preliminary Discussion
   2.1    Documents
   2.2    Workshop Notebook Materials
   2.3    Software Applications
   2.4    Reference/Bibliography

3.0  Lecture - History and Theory
   3.1    History
   3.2    Theory
   3.3    Introduction of Formulae
   3.4    Curve Slope
   3.5    Types of Curves
   3.6    Notations and Graph Paper
   3.7    Curve Phenomena
   3.8    Curve Fitting Techniques
   3.9    Midpoints
   3.10   Using Lot Data
   3.11   Wright vs. Crawford Curves
   3.12   Construction and Use of Tables

4.0  Major Issues
   4.1    "Industry Average Curves"
   4.2    Factors Affecting Slope
   4.3    Estimating Slope for a New Program
   4.4    Methods of Determining Slope
   4.5    Effects of Production Rate Change
   4.6    Effects of Production Breaks
   4.7    Methods for Break Analysis

5.0  Problems
   5.1    Part I - Use of Graphical Techniques
   5.2    Part II - Use of Curve Factor Tables
   5.3    Part III - Estimating Problems

6.0  Problem Wrap-Up - Question/Answer

7.0  Material Cost Curves and Total Cost/Price Curves

8.0  Summary 

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