CME8013 : Statistical Process Control

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 3.0


To provide students with the key concepts and tools that underpin the issue of quality in the process manufacturing industries and introduce the concept and tools of statistical process control.

Original Summary:
This module introduces the concept and tools necessary to implement statistical process control in an industrial environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

SPC in the context of quality improvement; Purpose of measurement; Types of measurement; Natural and special causes of variation; Run charts; Moving average; CUSUM charts; Capability; Individual and moving range charts; Making SPC work; Comparison of charts via average run lengths; Charts for limited data; Charts for non-standard data.

ISO9000; Total quality management, Quality costs and benchmarking; Improvement team and circles.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion91:009:00Preparation and completion of report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical36:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:0013:00Review lecture and other source material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the statistical concepts and theory and their application in process engineering. Practical classes support the learning introduced in lectures through the students having the opportunity to apply the concepts to a number of problems varying in terms of complexity. The practical classes allow the completion of assignment work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100One assessed report which considers a number of scenarios that SPC could address (maximum 8 pages).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignment allows engineering problems to be set and solved using computer software. They also provide the opportunity for the key skills listed above to be assessed and implemented.

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