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Quality and Reliability (MCEN90023)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMCEN90023
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This subject aims to equip graduates with the insights, knowledge and skills necessary for providing professional engineering input into quality management programmes and maintenance facilities in a range of business environments.


Topics covered may include total quality management, productivity and cost relationships; quality systems and their components, including international standards; interaction between quality and design functions; alternate systems approaches, including leading international concepts; quality control: the control function in quality; theory of sampling; the operating characteristic curve; the use of statistical distributions; sampling scheme design and analysis; quality improvement: process variability - measures and interaction with design; process capability and improvement studies; control charting; state of statistical stability; computerisation of process monitoring; cumulative sum techniques for quality studies; experimental design for quality improvement: reliability, measures and frequency distributions; analyses for optimal maintenance; replacement theories; management of the maintenance function.

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this subject the student is expected to be able to -

  1. Explain what constitutes a quality system (both generally and with respect to international standards)
  2. Develop strategies for implementing a quality system and its components
  3. Explain and quantify the relationships between process capability and tolerances
  4. Analyse and assess all common types of sampling schemes, and design a 'single' attribute or variables sampling scheme
  5. Design, analyse and interpret 'Shewhart-type' process control charts and CUSUMS for process control
  6. Apply optimisation techniques to maintenance
  7. Analyse the reliability of systems
  8. Develop economic strategies for replacing equipment.

Generic skills

  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Understanding of the business environment
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member.

Last updated: 22 August 2019