Module Title:Quality Management, Experimental Design and Data Analysis
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in two theory classes and two computer practical classes per week. It will be delivered using a blended learning approach. Lectures will be given to provide a structured framework for the learning outcomes and to explain concepts. Students will work in supervised and unsupervised groups to produce a structured project portfolio and solve problems. Access to on-line resources will be encouraged and facilitated in the computing classes. Practical sessions in Excel and SPSS will run during the schedule and a substantial project on design of experiments for homework will be arranged with each student at the start of the year. Results from this work will be analysed before the end of term 2 and presented in the last weeks of the second term.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to give students an overview of quality management systems and develop their understanding of statistical concepts and techniques as used in science and industry.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the process model of quality, different quality management systems, standardisation, accreditation and continuous quality improvement methodologies.
LO2 Produce a quality portfolio demonstrating problem solving skills, competency in team working, setting objectives, meeting milestones, reporting on progress, producing deliverables and evaluating project progress.
LO3 Analyse a wide range of data from experiments.
LO4 Design and analyse a field experiment.
Pre-requisite learning
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 2 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Quality Management: Continuous Quality Improvement
Definitions of quality, quality control, quality assurance and quality management. Principles of a quality system, TQM and quality philosophies. Process model of quality and Quality by Design. Quality costs, consumer protection and product safety. Problem solving techniques for process improvement. Lean Six Sigma Methodology.
Quality Management: Certification, Standardisation and Accrediation
Definitions of standards and standardisation. Rationale, development and structure of standards. Standards and Regulations. Accreditation and certification. National and international bodies and schemes including NSAI, INAB, ISO, BRC and EIQA, method validation and PT schemes. Standards supporting innovation.
Quality Management: Quality Management Systems
ISO 9000 family. ISO 9001 and the seven quality management principles. Alignment of ISO 9001 with other standards, e.g. ISO 14001; Environmental Mgt Systems, ISO 22000; Food Safety Mgt Systems and ISO17025; General Requirements for the Competence of Calibration and Testing Laboratories.
Quality Management: Management
Levels of management, roles and responsibilities. Quality meetings, team building, team working, motivation, leadership and managing change. Project planning, setting objectives and meeting milestones. Producing deliverables and project evaluation.
Quality Management: Auditing
Internal and external auditing. Role of an auditor and the auditing team. Designing, planning and implementing an audit. Audit tools and checklists. Audit close out and management review.
Statistics and Experimental Design: Probability Essentials
Hypergeometric, binomial, negative binomial, Poisson, Gauss Normal, uniform probability distributions. Conditional probability and Bayes Theorem.
Statistics and Experimental Design: Central Limit Theorem:
One sample problems, confidence interval for the mean, one-sample Student’s t test.
Statistics and Experimental Design:Two sample Problems
Student’s t test for paired and unpaired situations.
Statistics and Experimental Design: Continuous probability distributions
Student’s t, Chi-squared and F probability distributions.
Statistics and Experimental Design: Many sample problems
The analysis of variance (ANOVA) technique. Single factor ANOVA, two-factor ANOVA with and without replication
Statistics and Experimental Design: Principles of experimental design
Randomisation, replication and controls, use of random numbers in treatment allocation. Completely randomised design, blocking and randomised block design, Latin square designs, introduction to factorial experimental designs.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination The Experimental Design and Data Analysis section will be assessed using an assignment on the analysis of experimental results and an in-class test on Probability. The Quality Management section will include MCQs and the production of a Quality Portfolio. 1,2,3,4 50.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Completion of a designed experiment. 3,4 10.00 Sem 1 End
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Three hour written examination. 1,3,4 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Total Hours 210.00

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