Module Title:Quantitative Methods and Quality Control 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered via two lectures of Quantitative Methods, two lectures of Quality Control and one computer practical per week. Self-tests and tutorial sheets will be available through Blackboard to reinforce learning.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop the students' understanding of the statistical concepts and techniques used in science and their understanding of the role and benefits of quality systems in industry.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Calculate and interpret summary statistical measures and display data using statistical graphs and charts. Apply statistical tools to explore data.
LO2 Identify common probability distributions, in particular the normal distribution, and calculate associated probabilities.
LO3 Describe fundamental quality concepts and identify quality improvement methodologies.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Summary Statistics Data Organisation
Review of measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion. Data reduction, organisation and presentation. Population and sample, and data collection. Statistical critical thinking. Data cleaning.
Sampling and types of variables
Sampling techniques and introduction to probability distributions. Discrete and continuous random variables.
Fundamentals of Probability
Random variables and their associated probability distribution function. Examples of discrete random variables. Overview of general discrete probability distributions, common discrete probability distributions, including the Binomial and Poisson probability distributions.
Normal Distribution
Continuous random variables, probability density functions. The Normal Distribution. Use of tables. Applications of the Normal Distribution in the Biological Sciences. Indicators of normality and Normal Probability Plots.
Fundamental Quality Concepts
Definitions of Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Quality Management. Total Quality Management (TQM) and W Edwards Deming. Process model of quality and continous quality improvement.
Quality Standards
Definition of standards and standardization. Rationale, development and structure of standards. Standards supporting innovation. Accreditation and certification. GxPs. National and international standards bodies.
Economics of Quality
Definition and classification of quality costs, value of quality versus cost of quality. Problem solving tools including Pareto analysis, Vendor rating schemes, Flowcharting and Cause and effect analysis.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment70.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the CA and practical components of the course.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Quantitative Methods and Quality Control examinations and assessments 1,2,3 70.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Computer practicals and assessments. 1 30.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

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