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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Project & Quality Management
Module Code MM309
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Inam Ul Ahad
Semester 2: Inam Ul Ahad
Autumn: Inam Ul Ahad
Module TeachersInam Ul Ahad
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

- To prepare the student to deal with operational matters relating to an engineering project by teaching them techniques used to assist in such work. An appreciation of the benefits, difficulties and limitations associated with such techniques will be fostered. - To give the student a broad understanding and appreciation of the quality assurance function in any manufacturing or service organisation. It also aims to show the growing importance of this function both nationally and internationally. - The module also examines in detail some of the technical and management methods for improving quality performance within an organisation.

Learning Outcomes

1. use project planning software to develop a project plan, determine the time and cost elements in a project plan, and evaluate earned value analysis in a project plan.
2. describe and define Quality, Voice of the Customer, Continuous Improvement, Employee Participation, the contribution of Dr. Taguchi to Quality Management, the Cost of Quality Models and their implications for Continuous Improvement Programmes, types of Process Capability Studies and the Seven Quality Control Tools.
3. describe and define project management, the aims of any project, the golden rule of project management, define the different types of project management structure, the selection of project estimators, methods of preparing a project proposal, and methods of keeping track of a project.
4. perform project planning using network analysis.
5. calculate estimates of Process Capability using capability indices, Statistical Process Control charts, Histograms and Normal Probability Plots.
6. develop and interpret Statistical Process Control charts and determine which type of control chart is appropriate in a given situation.
7. use Taguchi’s Loss function to calculate the Cost of Quality

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial12No Description
Lecture24No Description
Seminars12No Description
Independent Study77No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Project and quality management
Introduction to project management including legal aspects, organisation structure types, and benefits; Project Planning: Project definition, Work breakdown structure, Critical path method, Resource management, Scheduling, Project estimation, Human factors; Project Implementation: Activity lists Progress reporting procedures; Modifications; Project Termination; Contemporary issues: in project management Customer focus, organisational changes; ABC; Proposal writing; Project management, computerisation and software. • Introduction to quality management: what is quality, responsibility for quality, process capability. • Statistical tolerances: natural tolerance limits, statistical tolerances for assemblies. • Taguchi methods: the loss function, robust design, off-line and on-line quality control. • Statistical Process Control: control charts for variables, control charts for attributes, interpreting the control charts. • Management involvement in quality assurance: quality policy, quality system and quality manual, human factors affecting quality performance.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentUse MS Project software to generate a project plan for a given case study, complete with tasks, timelines, inter-relationships, costs, PERT and critical path analysis. Interim review and reporting.20%Week 6
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Clifford F. Gray, Erik W. Larson: 2006, Project management, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Boston, 9780071244466
  • Douglas C. Montgomery: 2009, Introduction to statistical quality control, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, N.J., 9780470233979
  • J.K. Pinto: 2010, Project Management Achieving Competitive Advantage, 2nd Edition, Pearson, 9780135097557
Other Resources

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MEIB.Eng in Mechatronic Engineering
MTBSc in Mechatronic Technology
SSEBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng
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Date of Last Revision06-FEB-12

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