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Quality Engineering and Management Online Program of Study

Fall Offerings

  • QEM 510-3
  • QEM 530-3
  • QEM 550-3
  • QEM 565-3
  • QEM 570-3

Spring Offering

  • QEM 525-3
  • QEM 535-3
  • QEM 540-3
  • QEM 545-3
  • QEM 555-3

510-3 Quality Assurance. Study of recent advances in quality planning, quality measurement, design assurance, process control, participatory management, supplier quality, customer relations and improvement concepts. Prerequisite: Industrial Technology 470a and 470b. 

525-3 Six Sigma Black Belt II. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with knowledge of the most advanced areas of the six s igma black-belt training.  Advanced fractional factorial experiments, response surface methodology, robust design and process, design for six s igma and other advanced six sigma principles and techniques are covered in this course.  Prerequisite:  Industrial Technology 470a, 470b, and 480.

530-3 Lean Manufacturing II. This course will cover the principles and techniques of lean manufacturing. Major topics covered include value stream mapping, pull system/Kanbans, continuous improvement/Kaizen, lean six sigma, lean simulation, and other modern lean manufacturing techniques and issues.  Prerequisite:  Industrial Technology 465. 

535-3 Service Quality.  This course examines how organizational leadership, strategic development, and deployment of service management systems are used to achieve service quality.  Key service quality management concepts of customer and market focus, employee focus, communication, and service delivery will be taught through the use of case studies, article reviews and team projects. Prerequisite:  none.

540-3 Reliability Analysis. The objective of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the basic techniques applied in the field of reliability and failure data analysis in a manufacturing environment. Prerequisite:  Industrial Technology 470b. 

545-3 Project Management II. This course is an advanced study of the concepts in project management, building on the fundamentals established in prerequisite courses. Using MS Project, students will work individually and in teams to develop appropriate tools and documentation typically utilized to implement, control, and closeout projects. The software will also be used to teach computerized scheduling and cost control, quality systems, risks management, procurement, and project termination.

550-3 Project Leadership. This course is designed to develop a graduate student’s human relationship skills for leading project teams. Through the use of case studies and practical applications, students will learn effective leadership, team development, motivational and organizational planning, and conflict resolution practices.  

555-3 Human Safety and Risk Management. Understanding risk and safety issues inevitably involves many disciplines, as does their effective management.  Through the combination of scientific evidence, practical examples, and case studies presented in this course, students will be equipped to identify, assess and develop strategies to mitigate occupational and environmental risk.  This course will address methods used to effectively communicate and understand risk factors as presented by corporations and governmental agencies. This course will also touch on risk modeling and reporting for decision making.

565-3 Management of Information Technology Resources. This course helps students understand the relationship between information systems (IS) and business performance. The fundamental concepts of information and communication technology (ICT) are introduced. These include hardware, software, and networking concepts, in addition to issues of security and privacy. Emerging technologies and how these affect the business process are thoroughly examined. The aim of the course is to enable students to assess the opportunities and challenges that organizations across a wide spectrum of industries face as they attempt to use ICT applications to add value to their businesses. This will enable students to appreciate the importance of strategic implementation of ICT and its implication for the performance of the business.

570-3 Energy Management and Conservation. This course covers the basic principles and policies used in energy management and auditing. Proper application of these tools will improve facilities performance and operation, reduce operating costs and environmental impacts, and create a more sustainable business model. Students will learn the importance of monitoring and controlling energy and resource consumption in industrial and commercial settings. The course covers how to develop and implement energy management programs and conduct energy audits. The course covers efficient operation of electric motors, lighting systems, boilers, furnaces, and facilities’ climate control. The course covers economic evaluation of energy conservation opportunities using engineering economic formulas, simple pay-back analysis, and life-cycle cost models. The course surveys the current state of energy policy with an emphasis on LEED design and certification.

592-1 to 4 Special Investigations in Quality Engineering and Management. Advanced topics in quality managment systems and manufacturing. Topics are selected by mutual agreement of the student and the instructor. Prerequisite: consent of adviser. 

601-1 per semester Continuing Enrollment. For those graduate students who have not finished their degree programs and who are in the process of working on their dissertation, thesis or research paper. The student must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of dissertation research, or the minimum thesis, or research hours before being eligible to register for this course. Concurrent enrollment in any other course is not permitted. Graded S/U or DEF only.

Program Prerequisites. All graduate students in the Quality Engineering and Management program must complete five prerequisite courses, including Project Management (IT 450), Lean Manufacturing (IT 465), Six Sigma Green Belt I (IT 470a), Six Sigma Green Belt II (IT 470b), and Six Sigma Black Belt (IT 480). These courses or their equivalents may be taken at SIUC or another institution. These courses when taken at SIU count toward graduate degree.