Why was this course developed?
The Certificate in Strategic Quality Management was developed based on an analysis of the importance of the pharmaceutical and related industries in Ireland and within the South-East region and also using information generated from the Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills (WINSS) Scientific Survey from a large number of pharmaceutical/biotechnology, medical device and food companies. More than 70% of the companies surveyed identified transferable skills as the major skills deficit, with high demand for training in areas such as data management and creative problem solving skills, as well as quality management. These companies identified skills shortages in the following quality management areas: six sigma, lean manufacturing, risk management, validation, change management, continuous improvement etc. Recognising this demand, the Certificate in Strategic Quality Management was devised to address this skills deficit.
This programme will provide students with advanced understanding of the theory, practices and implementation issues associated with advanced quality methodologies such as Leadership, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing and will also develop competence in a range of technical and management quality tools and how these apply in an industrial environment. Competitive advantage, project management and managing change are key components of applying quality management principles in an industrial setting and will be covered in detail. Validation and calibration of equipment and methods with emphasis on validation documentation will be provided.
What are the learning outcomes?
On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:
•Evaluate how lean, six sigma and risk management principles can be used to guide lean implementation.
•Synthesise the key factors for effective motivation of staff applying lean tools and techniques.
•Justify critical thinking, problem-solving and decision making, project management and the management of change in an industrial environment.
•Critically evaluate the effect that routine laboratory operations have on the quality of the final product.
•Ascertain the principles and practices of analytical method and equipment validation and summarise a systematic approach to validation experimentation.
•Critically evaluate the importance and practices of validation activities, documentation and analytical method transfer, including automated and computer systems.
How is this course delivered?
•The Certificate in Strategic Quality Management programme is taught using a block approach on a part-time basis to facilitate students in full-time employment.
•Since this course is also offered as one module of the two year MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management programme, the Certificate in Strategic Quality Management is only offered once every two years. The course will next run in September 2018, subject to sufficient student numbers.
•Over the duration of the programme, students will be required to attend WIT for 8 days from September to December.
•This programme will be delivered through a blend of lectures and tutorial sessions, as well as independent study. Lectures will be used to introduce the concepts involved in Strategic Quality Management, as well as an in-depth investigation into the area. This material will be significantly expanded upon and developed through teamwork and problem solving, which will be adopted during tutorial sessions. These complementary teaching and learning strategies will allow each student to apply what they have learned and use teamwork, problem solving and brainstorming to critically engage with the subject, actively engage in troubleshooting and propose strategies for solving problems.
•Continuous assessment will be carried out throughout the course of the programme.