Module code: ENGM183

Module Overview

Quality management and auditing play a fundamental role in engineering and business processes. A knowledge of relevant standards and an ability to measure appropriately are building blocks for the analysis and control of the engineering or business process, which MEng graduates as future engineering managers and leaders will encounter.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

FOREMAN Charlotte (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Seminar Hours: 22

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes

  1. Quality Concepts, Standards & specifications; Natural, material, subject and system, Metrology systems

    1. Quality Definitions

    2. Justification of quality assurance activities (imperatives)

    3. Tools and Techniques - Quality Control strategy – in a variety of industrial and organisational settings (manufacturing and service, very small volume (project) and mass production)

    4. Understand standardising organisations and use of standards

      1. Analyse the fundamental need for standardisation and identify the role of standardisation bodies in supporting and developing the use of standard

      2. Company, industrial, national and international

      3. Product certification procedures

      4. Natural, prototype and subjective standards

      5. Principles of standardisation, concept of voluntary standards

    5. Understand metrology and practically and suitably apply measurement systems

      1. Knowledge of measurement devices and capabilities used in measurement and testing. Verification of fitness for use and determining proper calibration.

      2. International Standard of Length, The metre and the basic metric system and traceability

      3. Variable and attribute measuring equipment and systems

      4. Conduct Gauge Repeatability and Reliability trials

      5. Understand and interpret geometric tolerancing

       2. Quality Management Strategy; Cost of Quality, Quality and the Law (including CE Marking), Customer Satisfaction Analysis (Kano) 


       3. Quality Management Systems and Auditing (ISO9001, AS9100, GxP, TickIT, ISO TS 16949) (Content, application, etc.) and Auditing. (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th party) (review, evaluation, etc.)


      4. Total Quality Management. Management styles compared in relation to quality. (videos) Quality Philosophy and Gurus: Deming, Juran, Feigenbaum, Taguchi (including Taguchi Technique) and Crosby. Procurement and the Control of Suppliers. Computer Aided Quality Assurance. QFD (Quality Function Deployment) and Risk Assessment and Analysis including; Fault tree analysis, FMECA (Failure Mode and Criticality Analysis)


     5. Business Process Analysis and Process Mapping. Project quality management, Quality Planning and Quality Plans. Quality Improvement Initiatives (Total Quality Management, Lean (including Tear-down), Root Cause Analysis, Quality Circles, 8D, Gemba Gembutsu, Five whys, Zero Defects, Poka Yoke, Value Stream Mapping).


      6. Statistical Process Control and Sampling; Process Capability Studies (Cp and Cpk) Attribute and Variable control charts, Sampling.  Six Sigma (DMAIC)


      7. Directed Study - quality awareness, Integrated Management systems (IMS), quality environmental, security, health and safety.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 1 50
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 2 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of standards, measurement and quality management concepts and auditing processes, though discussion, case study examples and problem solving. Each assessment covers elements from each of the lectures in the appropriate part of the module.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of

Two independent assessments of the students understanding of the subject matter.

Assignment 1  Learning outcomes 1-3           20 hours                      50%

Assignment 2  Learning outcomes 4-6           20 hours                      50%

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative feedback is given through group discussions, in-class assessments and short tests

Module aims

  • To equip students with the knowledge of appropriate standards and how to apply them to engineering and business process analysis and control;
  • to introduce students to quality management and audit concepts

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify relevant and appropriate quality standards for different situations KC M1,M14
002 Apply appropriate measurement systems KC M13
003 Monitor, implement and measure business processes and quality management schemes KCPT M14,M15
004 Conduct and implement suitable quality auditing procedures CPT M14,M15
005 Analyse, select and implement appropriate quality improvement tools and techniques K M9,M14
006 Coordinate and complete risk assessment (using a number of different techniques) on process, project and products. P M2,M9

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

present key concepts in manufacturing control and management systems and encourage independent study to prepare them to undertake the summative written assignments.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures on the subject

  • In class assessments and tests of the students understanding

  • Videos

  • Class discussions

  • Self -managed distance learning packages


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

The school of Mechanical Engineering Sciences is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and resilience. This module is designed to allow students to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities in the following areas:

Digital Capabilities: Students will use Computer Aided Quality Assurance techniques and quality management systems and auditing tools. 

Sustainability: Students will use Lean techniques as part of the Business Process Analysis and Process Mapping topics. 


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Mechanical Engineering MEng 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Automotive Engineering MEng 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.