The level descriptors are central to the LCS framework, since they state what knowledge and practical capability an individual should possess.
Key features of the descriptors:
- Both lean knowledge and practical aspects are included
- They are principles based, not focused on specific tools
- They state the outcomes expected as a result of a course of lean learning – expressed as what an individual should be able to know, understand, apply, describe, analyse, etc
- They note the prerequisites expected
- They provide guidance on the indicative contents of a course aligned to the level
- Each Level Descriptor has a number of sub-levels for specific themes or topics that are encompassed by the level.
LCS Alignment Matrix
A course aligned to a level should closely reference its descriptor, with its learning outcomes and topic coverage clearly aligned. An LCS Alignment Matrix is used in the accrediting process to provide a check on alignment, as illustrated in the extract below, showing how an Introduction to Lean Thinking course aligns to the Level 1a descriptor.