Specialist Diploma in Lean and Quality Systems (Specialist Diploma in Lean and Quality Systems)

National University of Ireland, Galway (LQS2020)
Key Programme Details
Award

Specialist Diploma

NFQ Level

Level 8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

30

General Information
Contact

Course Administrator

Email

springboard@nuigalway.ie

Phone

091 495845

Address

National University of Ireland, Galwat

Role

Administrator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

30/07/2020

Start Date

14/09/2020

End Date

31/05/2021

About this Course

This one-year, part-time Diploma course aims to promote an in-depth knowledge of the thinking and techniques behind Lean and Quality Systems in the workplace. Participants will gain knowledge of highly effective tools and systems for streamlining products, processes and services. Problem solving skills will be sharpened.

On completion of the course graduates will have highly marketable, up-to-date and confidence-building knowledge and skills relevant to product, process and service optimisation and improvement. Expertise in Lean and Six Sigma is currently in strong demand across all sectors including -but not limited to- ICT, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Biopharma-Pharmachem, and lean construction.

Objectives

Specific Skills:
Expertise in Lean and Six Sigma is required to reduce waste and costs across all services and sectors. In addition to the level 8 academic qualification students can opt for Green Belt certification (at a cost of €200) from Quality America so that they will concurrently achieve an in-demand professional qualification. The Specialist Diploma in Lean and Quality Systems has also received approval from Engineers Ireland for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credit.
The course will allow those with basic technical qualifications to upskill 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 civil engineers, manufacturing/operations managers, operatives and technicians.

Entry Requirements

• Applicants should have reached the age of 21 years on the 1st of January of the calendar year of entry.

• Applicants should hold our own Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a relevant NFQ Level 7 award, of minimum 90 ECTS credits.

• Recognition of Prior Learning may be considered for entry purposes.

• Please see Springboard FAQs for information on candidate eligibility requirements e.g. Residency requirements, English language requirements.

Long Description

This one-year, part-time Diploma course aims to promote an in-depth knowledge of the thinking and techniques behind Lean and Quality Systems in the workplace. Participants will gain knowledge of highly effective tools and systems for streamlining products, processes and services. Problem solving skills will be sharpened. A work-based Lean project will require participants to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. An appropriate work-placement will be offered to suitable students lasting from 8-12 weeks. The programme is delivered by blended learning; participants receive learning materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials are specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting online learning resources where appropriate.

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.

Students will have the opportunity of gaining Green Belt certification as an optional extra. On completion of the course graduates will have highly marketable, up-to-date and confidence-building knowledge and skills relevant to product, process and service optimisation and improvement. Expertise in Lean and Six Sigma is currently in strong demand across all sectors including -but not limited to- ICT, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Biopharma-Pharmachem, and lean construction. If graduates so wish they can progress to the B.Sc. in Science & Technology Studies (NQF level 8) with credit for their studies, though not funded by Springboard+. In this case they will be exempt from one elective stream in the Degree cycle.

On completion of the course graduates will have highly marketable, up-to-date and confidence-building knowledge and skills relevant to product, process and service optimisation and improvement. Expertise in Lean and Six Sigma is currently in strong demand across all sectors including -but not limited to- ICT, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Biopharma-Pharmachem, and lean construction.


Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles

Internal lean consultants
Waste minimisation specialists
Process optimisation advisors
Lean Manager
Quality Manager (Identifying opportunities for improvement)
Operations Manager
Production Controller
Process Improvement Team Lead

Timetable Info

The course is part-time and is delivered via blended learning (distance & online, and classes/labs which require attendance on NUI Galway university on-campus). The on-campus tutorials are held one to two times per month on Saturdays.*

* Notice: due to COVID-19 restrictions Semester 1 teaching (September- December 2020) in 2020/21 will take place in a fully online mode. The course content will be delivered through our online learning system Blackboard. The tutors will communicate material through online tutorials, recorded video tutorials, discussion boards and other interactive online learning methods.

Delivery Notes

Blended

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Course Administrator

Email

springboard@nuigalway.ie

Application Procedures

To apply:

1. Complete the Springboard application form

2. Upload supporting documentation as follows:

The applicant must supply the following supporting documentation to support their application form:

• Identification Passport/Drivers License/Birth Cert
• Proof of Qualifications- Applicant must provide official Transcripts of Qualifications. Eligibility requirements are an NFQ Level 7 or higher qualification of at least 90 ECTS in a related discipline
• Proof of Unemployment/Payment from DEASP (IF APPLICABLE)- please see Springboard FAQs for the most up-to-date details on this
• Proof of Returner Status (IF APPLICABLE)- please see Springboard FAQs for the most up-to-date details on this
• Proof of Employment (IF APPLICABLE)- P60 Form
• Short one-page CV detailing professional experience

Please note that following Springboard guidelines, Unemployed applicants are given first preference of places on courses