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PHYS7021 - Quality Systems

Title:Quality Systems
Long Title:Introduction to Quality Systems.
Module Code:PHYS7021
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2011/12 ( September 2011 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: JAMES BARRETT
Module Description: To provide quality assurance and validation methods to an industrial environment.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Apply and understand the benefits of quality assurance.
LO2 Calculate and interpret methods of developing process control testing.
LO3 Formulate and use the total quality management skills involved in quality control
LO4 Identify and organise current validation techniques.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Higher National Certificate in Applied Physics and Instrumentation
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
No Co Requisites listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Overview of quality and validation. Quality planning. Quality function deployment techniques. Validation systems.
Statistical Process Control
Process control for attribute and variables data. P-charts. Process capability index. Introduction to Six Sigma process. Taguchi loss function.
Graphical Methods for Validation
Pareto charts, cause and effect diagrams (Ishikawa). Failure modea and effects analysis (FMEA). Scatter plots
Process Monitoring
Total quality management (TQM) for validation. Historical overview, management techniques.
Role of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Installation Qualification (IQ) Operational Qualification (OQ) Performance Qualification (PQ)
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions One hour assesssment 1 25.0 Week 3
Short Answer Questions One hour assesssment 2 25.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions One hour assesssment 3 25.0 Week 9
Short Answer Questions One hour assessment 1,2,3,4 25.0 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory Delivery 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Further study of lecture notes 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Evans Lindsay, 2008, The Management and Control of Quality, 2nd Ed., 12 [ISBN: 0-324-38235-9]
  • [edited by] Barrie G. Dale 1999, Managing quality, 1st Ed., 20 [ISBN: 0-631-21410-0]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • www.fda.com: n/a

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SESST_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology 5 Elective
CR_SINEN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Instrument Engineering 5 Elective
CR_SPHYS_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 5 Elective

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