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Bachelor of Science (Add-On) Degree in Quality

Open for Applications

Discipline: Science

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: See "Other Essential Information"

Places: 20

Fee: 

See Other Essential Information for each Certificate

Why Study?

If you have a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Science or cognate discipline, your opportunities for promotion will be limited unless you obtain a degree.

This Bachelor of Science (Ordinary) Degree in Quality offers you a path to obtain an Ordinary (Level 7) degree, assuming you have a Higher Certificate in Business, Engineering or Science.

Programme Modules

This is the make-up of the add-on Bachelor of Science in Quality (Ordinary) Degree (60 Credits, Level 7):

Certificate in Quality (20 Credits, Level 7)

  • Quality Management 1/ Excellence Ireland Diploma in Quality Part 1 (10 Credits Level 7) 
  • Quality Management 2/ Excellence Ireland Diploma in Quality Part 2 (10 Credits Level 7) 

Certificate in Quality & Regulatory Affairs (20 Credits, Level 7)

  • Regulatory Affairs & Compliance Auditing (10 Credits Level 7) 
  • Cleanroom Management (5 Credits Level 7) 
  • Validation (5 Credits Level 7)

Certificate in Quality - Statistics & Management (20 Credits, Level 7)

  • Production & Supervisory Management (5 Credits Level 7) 
  • Six Sigma for Quality Management (5 Credits Level 7) 
  • Project (10 Credits Level 7)

Please go to the individual Certificates or Modules which need to be completed.

The full Bachelor of Science in Quality (Add-On) Degree can be completed in three years of part-time studies.

Module Aims: 

  • Provide students with a holistic understanding of the integrated nature of various management systems operating in business. 
  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to work in the area of quality in heavily regulated sectors such as food, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. 
  • Provide the student with the knowledge and skills to enable them to progress within their workplace, i.e. to up skill or cross-skill within their company. 
  • Provide students with level 9 knowledge, skills and competence in line with the National Framework of Qualifications. 
  • Provide students with the leadership and communications skills required to work at relatively senior level in the area of quality. 
  • Support the development of the regulated manufacturing environment in the region.

 

 

Learning Outcomes: 

The regulatory framework applying to medical devices and pharmaceuticals:

Modern quality management systems

Quality tools that enhance efficiencies

Process and production management

  • The role of leadership in promoting quality standards in an organization
  • Problem solving techniques
  • The production of controlled documentation and protocols
  • Source, interpret and apply appropriate quality tools and methods from a suitable scientific or industrial source
  • Design and implement quality assurance systems
  • Participate effectively in change control operations and in technology transfer operations

Essential Information: 

Bachelor of Science in Quality for Industry Degree -  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

1.   General

The RPL process Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a system whereby learning acquired through certified programmes and/or through experience can be acknowledged as a basis for entry onto formal programmes of study, and/or for gaining exemptions from parts of a programme of study.  There is a 75 Euros charge per RPL Application which must be paid in advance to engage the RPL process.

2.   RPL and the Bachelor of Science in Quality for Industry

GMIT offers a pathway for students to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Quality in Industry (add-on) Degree, by offering three level 7 certificates which can be combined with a (Level 6) Higher Certificate. People working as in manufacturing organisations are most likely to gain exemption against a Higher Certificate in Business. If however you have 60 or more credits at Level 6 in Science or Engineering you should contact the Lifelong Learning Centre, Dublin Road, Galway as it may make more sense to seek exemption against the Learning Outcomes of a Higher Certificate in Science or Engineering.

To obtain the Bachelor of Science in Quality for Industry degree, you need to have the following:

60 credits at level 7 (the three Certificates below) plus
120 credits at level 6 in a suitable/specified discipline (or a successful RPL application).

Note: All levels and credits referenced are per the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

1.      60 Credits at Level 7:

Currently GMIT are offering 60 credits at level 7 following the completion of three separate Certificates, details of which are on the GMIT website.

Certificate in Science in Quality (20 credits @ Level 7)
Certificate in Science in Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs (20 credits @ Level 7)
Certificate in Science in Quality for Industry (20 credits @ Level 7)

While each of the above three certificates are awarded individually, students who have completed all three Certificates may wish to apply for the add on Bachelor of Science Degree in Quality for Industry Degree provided they have 120 credits at level 6 in a suitable/specified discipline as outlined below.

2.      120 credits at level 6 in a suitable/specified discipline.

To provide evidence of compliance to this requirement, you must either (a) already have a Level 6 award (120 credits @ Level 6) or (b) have been successful in applying for exemption from the requirement through an application made through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you have an existing level 6, this may suffice if it as long as (i) it is recognised as a level 6 award in a suitable/specified discipline, (i) is recognised under the NFQ in the required level (iii) and has 120 credits. To proceed for application for the Bachelor of Science in Quality for Industry Degree, you must provide GMIT with a certified copy of this award so that it can be considered for approval.

If you do not hold a Level 6 award, you can use the RPL process to demonstrate that you have achieved the required level 6 credits by providing evidence of learning from work experience (Experiential Learning) and/or learning from previous studies (Certified Learning) in a suitable/specified discipline. This evidence is assessed against the established learning outcomes from one of the three required disciplines.

Using the RPL process

Evidence to support prior learning can be a combination of Prior Certified Learning (i.e. you have completed some courses at Level 6, but not the required 120 credits) plus Prior Experiential Learning

3.      Prior Certified Learning

Prior Certified Learning is learning that has already been accredited by an awarding body such as Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). If you have a foreign qualification, an old qualification (prior to the NFQ) or a partial qualification in the required discipline (for example completed one year of a two-year level 6 programme), you need to provide evidence demonstrating the discipline, level and number of credits per the NFQ scale. This is then assessed for suitability against requirements. QQI have a service (www.qualificationsrecognition.ie) which can be accessed to find the equivalent award on the National Framework of Qualifications (typically takes 90 days). In general, when assessing the prior certified learning, GMIT will consider the following:

  • Level of Prior Award in the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
  • Comparison of learning outcomes
  • Currency of learning

4.      Prior Experiential Learning

Prior Experiential Learning involves the awarding of credits for learning obtained from work experience. The candidate must demonstrate that the required learning from experience has occurred by providing evidence to support their application. This may be in the format of a Portfolio of Evidence to support the claim for access, exemption or credit.

A set of level 6 Learning Outcomes in Business is included at the end of this document to enable assessment of experiential learning for the purposes of RPL application for the add on Bachelor of Science in Quality for Industry Degree.

As a general principle, credit is given for the learning obtained from the experience as opposed to the type or job or length of work experience.

The applicant’s portfolio of evidence must be written in such a way that the knowledge, skills and competencies of the experiential learning outcomes matches the Learning Outcomes of the Level 6 Higher Certificate.

5.      How to apply for RPL

RPL Overview:
• Applicants for degree courses may seek recognition of prior learning based on work experience.
• You are learning a lot as you complete your day to day work duties, and this learning may help you gain admission to a degree course.
• For admission to the Level 7 degree in Quality, an applicant must hold a Level 6 award in Science, Business or Engineering.
• You may not hold a Level 6 award, but you may be able to prove that your work experience has provided you with sufficient knowledge which is equivalent to a Level 6 award.

RPL Process:
• Every award has certain learning outcomes associated with it.
• These learning outcomes summarize the knowledge and learning that a graduate of that award has achieved.
• In order to claim that your work experience has provided you with the same learning as a graduate of a certain award, you must prove that your work experience has allowed you to achieve these learning outcomes.

Summary:
In order to gain admission, using the RPL process, to the Level 7 degree in Quality, you must prove that your work experience has provided you with the same learning outcomes as a graduate of a Level 6 award in Science, Engineering or Business. Essentially you are mapping the learning gained during your work experience to the relevant learning outcomes. In practice, applicants map their work experience against the learning outcomes of a Level 6 award in Business.

Learning Outcomes of the Level 6 in Business:

These are the general learning outcomes expected of a graduate of a Level 6 course in Business. You should review each learning outcome.  If you believe that your work experience has covered this learning outcome, then provide this detail – what exact work experience allowed you to achieve this learning outcome.  Provide as much detail as possible about this work experience, what exactly you did, where you did this work, the start date, and the end date of this work, and the name of your supervisor/manager in this role. You do not have to claim that you have achieved every learning outcome listed below, but you should complete this document for each learning outcome that you believe that you have already achieved by virtue of your work experience. When fully completed please email them to seamus.lennon@gmit.ie

1. The graduate should have a basic knowledge of general business subjects such as:  Management and Organization (including Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Enterprise, Marketing etc.)

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is: .................. (Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

2. The graduate should have a basic knowledge of the regulatory environment.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is:  ...................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

3. The graduate should have a basic knowledge of Information and Communication Systems (including Accounting, Information and Communications Technology etc.)

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is:  ................... (Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)


4. The graduate should have a basic knowledge of Economics (including Sectoral and International economics)

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.   My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is:....................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)


5. The graduate should have a general knowledge of current business environments.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is: .................... (Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to).

 

6. The graduate should have a basic understanding of established business frameworks and theories.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is:  ...................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)


7. The graduate should be able to demonstrate and apply technical skills and know-how in a particular sub-field of business 

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is:  ...................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)


8. The graduate should be able to communicate effectively with individuals and peer groups using information and communications technologies.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is: .....................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

9. The graduate should have the ability to gather, assemble and display data in structured business scenarios.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is:  .....................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

10.  The graduate should have the ability to work in a structured business context under supervision.
Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is: ......................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

11. The graduate should have the ability to contribute effectively and participate in a business team.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is:  ......................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

12. The graduate should have the capacity to participate (contribute and collaborate), and contribute constructively in a structured team environment across the core business areas.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is: .......................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

13. The graduate should be self-directed in terms of time, motivation and planning; and self-aware to be open and sensitive to others.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is: .....................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

14. The graduate should have familiarity and experience with the principles of self-directed learning.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is: ......................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

15. The graduate should show evidence of their own learning, competencies, styles and challenges.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is: ......................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

16. The graduate should have an awareness of social, community, and ethical issues in a business context.

Please complete the following: I believe that I have achieved the above learning outcome as part of my work experience.  My work experience that is relevant to this learning outcome is: .....................(Please complete, giving as much detail as possible as to which specific aspects of your work experience you believe proves that you have achieved this learning outcome.  Detail what work experience allowed you achieve this leaning outcome with as much detail about this work experience, and where you did this work, and the start date and end date of this work.  Continue this evidence onto a new page(s) if you need to)

 

Contact Us

Contact: 

Course details

Seamus Lennon

Head of Department

Tel : 091 742 081

Email: seamus.lennon@gmit.ie

 

Peter Butler

Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Tel: 091 742 328

Email: peter.butler@gmit.ie

 

Enrolments

Mary Russell

Lifelong Learning Centre,

Northern Entrance, GMIT, Dublin Road

Tel: 091 742 081

Email: mary.russell@gmit.ie