• Curriculum focused on the topical area of Lean, Six Sigma and Business Process Improvement
  • Green belt material covered to enable students to top off their academic award with an industry standard professional qualification
  • Delivery via blended learning teaching methodologies
  • Medium-term up-skilling for career advancement or specialisation and/or re-skilling for career change or cross-team roles
  • Entry requirement of Science or Engineering Diploma or higher

Starting:

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Closing Date:

Round 1    Sunday, May 28, 2017

Round 2    Sunday, June 25, 2017

Round 3    Monday, August 7, 2017

Review dates for applications

 

What type of Course is it?
This one-year, part-time Diploma programme aims to promote an in-depth knowledge of the thinking and techniques behind Lean and Quality Systems in industry. These systems are particularly important in the current economic situation as they focus on ways to minimise expenditure and waste and simultaneously maximise returns.

Delivered via blended learning the course will equip participants with state-of-the-art reference materials to support module topics. Participants will gain knowledge of the Lean, Six Sigma and various other techniques and systems for streamlining products, processes and services. Problem solving skills will be developed and honed. A focused project module will require participants to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios and engage in discussions with fellow students and module tutors which explore the key concepts in Lean and Quality Systems.

How will I benefit?
The course is intended for those who wish to focus their skills with a view to moving into specialist and hybrid lean roles e.g. internal lean consultants, waste minimisation specialists, process optimisation advisors. It will allow those with basic engineering qualifications to up-skill and specialise in lean engineering if taken as a ‘top up’ course. It will also allow those in declining sectors to convert their skills and transfer their experience to the sector e.g. unemployed manufacturing managers, operatives and technicians.

On completion of the course participants will have highly marketable, up-to-date and confidence-building knowledge and skills relevant to product, process and service optimisation and improvement. They will have practiced and been assessed on a range of technical and transferable skills which will be beneficial at the personal, enterprise and community levels.

If graduates so wish they can progress to the B.Sc. in Science & Technology Studies (NQF level 8) with credit for their studies. In this case they will be exempt from one elective stream in the Degree cycle.

Learning Objectives
On completion of the course students should have:

  • Expert problem solving skills
  • An appreciation of lean thinking and lean tools
  • Good technical knowledge of quality science and specialist knowledge of six sigma processes
  • Technical knowledge of enterprise modelling and simulation with a view to optimising business processes
  • An appreciation of lean and quality systems within manufacturing and services sectors
  • Built their capabilities in the area of change management to facilitate continuous business process improvement

The course is offered over one academic year (September to May) on a part-time basis. Two taught modules are complete each semester (September to December and January to May) while the project is completed over the academic year.

In addition to the academic qualification it is proposed that students will have the opportunity to present for Green Belt certification in semester two if they choose, so that they will concurrently achieve a professional qualification.

Blended Learning
The programme is delivered by blended learning on a part-time basis. Candidates will receive learning materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials will be specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting reading material and interactive learning resources where appropriate. The programme requires attendance on campus for approximately 12 hours per module, mainly on Saturdays.

This Specialist Diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project, each worth 6 ECTS, giving a total of 30 ECTS. The course allows students to develop specialist knowledge of lean and quality systems and to hone relevant technical and soft skills.

The four taught modules are:

  • Problem Solving Tools & Techniques
  • Enterprise Modeling & Simulation
  • Lean Thinking & Lean Tools
  • Quality Science-Six Sigma

The project topic is chosen by you in consultation with your supervisor and will be company based where possible.

Assessment
Assessment of the taught modules is through continuous assignments, written examinations and in some cases practical laboratory sessions. Exams take place at the end of each semester. The project is assessed through staged delivery of a project report. The award mark is based on an average result of all five modules.

The course is intended for those who wish to focus their skills with a view to moving into specialist and hybrid lean roles e.g. internal lean consultants, waste minimisation specialists, process optimisation advisors. It will allow those with basic engineering qualifications to up-skill and specialise in lean engineering if taken as a ‘top up’ course. It will also allow those in declining sectors to convert their skills and transfer their experience to the sector e.g. unemployed manufacturing managers, operatives and technicians.

Expertise in Lean and Six Sigma is currently in strong demand across all sectors.

The Fees for the programme are 2,000 euro for the programme for EU students and 2,500 euro for non-E.U students. This fee includes:

  • Registration
  • Tuition fees
  • Course materials
  • Examinations and assessments

The cost of the Green Belt professional certification is not included. The student should register for this exam separately if they choose. Currently, the American Quality Association Green Belt exam costs €200.

Subventions for Employed Students
This course may be approved by ULearning Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 20% for students whose company is a member of the ULearning Skillnet Network. See www.ulearning.ie for further details.

Subventions for Unemployed Students
The following fee subventions may be available for this course:

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) for ex. Dell workers (100%)
Springboard: A number of free training places are also available for unemployed students who meet the Springboard eligibility criteria. Check out www.bluebrick.ie/springboard for further details.
ULearning Unemployed Subvention (100%). Please see www.ulearning.ie for further details

Prospective students on the following allowances may be eligible for a 30% reduction in fees:

  • Jobseekers benefit
  • Jobseekers allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Social insurance contribution credits

A separate scholarship application form applies and is available in the Apply Online section.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must be in receipt of the Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a related Diploma or higher qualification.

Alternative Entry
Applicants may use experience in addition to academic qualifications to demonstrate that they satisfy the course prerequisites.

Next Steps

Your next step in participating in the Specialist Diploma in Lean & Quality Systems is to complete an online application form. You will find this form in the Application Forms section of this web site.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis via our system of Offer Rounds to facilitate decision making and early notification to applicants throughout the year. Applications will open on April 10, 2017.

 

  • Supporting documents include form of ID (birth cert/passport/drivers licence) and transcript of exam results obtained