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GMIT Galway

Certificate in Quality for Industry - Statistics & Management (Part Time)

Opening for Applications in January 2018

Discipline: Science

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: 30 Weeks

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: None

Places: 30


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CAO Round 1 Points: Not Applicable

Why Study?

The Certificate in Science in Quality for Industry - Statistics & Management is a 20 credit Special Purpose Award at Level 7 aimed at upskilling learners who aspire to supervisory or management roles and/or who need an understanding of Six Sigma (at Yellow Belt Level). 

This Certificate, along with the Certificate in Quality and Regulatory Affairs and the Certificate in Science in Quality, make up the add-on Bachelor of Science (Ordinary) Degree in Quality for Industry.

Students who pass the assessments for the modules, or who gain exemption from a module(s) with this Certificate (under GMIT's Recognised Prior Learning process) will obtain the Certificate.

The add-on Bachelor of Science (Ordinary) Degree in Quality for Industry is an add-on degree. You can undertake any/all individual module(s) and you can obtain any/all three Certificates.

However, to obtain the Bachelor of Science (Ordinary) Degree in Quality you must already hold a Higher Certificate (Level 6, 120 credits) in Business, Engineering or Science. 

Programme Modules

The make-up of the Certificate in Quality - Statistics & Management is: 

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

Learning Outcomes: 

Production & Supervisory Management

  • Be capable of applying the principles of general and operational management
  • Be supportive of people in area of responsibility in achieving organisational goals and objectives
  • Prioritise production activities based on business needs
  • Be able to use the various models for process improvement
  • Have a knowledge of the methodology of process and production management and of its limitations
  • Be able to explain fundamental financial measurements and how they are applied
  • Practice effective supervisory management skills and assist staff through the process of change

Six Sigma for Quality Management

  • Describe the role of Six Sigma as part of an organization's quality management system
  • Perform various analyses such as DMAIC and Structured Problem Solving.
  • Identify and apply relevant quality tools to manufacturing issues, such tools to include cycle time reduction, risk analysis, kaizen and waste elimination.
  • Apply probablitity and statistical rules and concepts.
  • Develop plans for continuous improvement


  • Undertake literature reviews, develop a project plan, perform the necessary investigative work and write a dissertation on their findings.
  • Source scientific and/or regulatory literature and access relevant information through the use of journals, books, abstracts, current contents, inter-library loans, the Internet, CD-ROM and other electronic media
  • Design and undertake appropriate work and present results.
  • Identify the appropriate methods for research, to analyse experimental results and to modify the project as relevant.
  • Reflect on their project results and to be able to present their results, discuss the outcomes of the project and identify areas for improvement in their skills of project management.


Production & Supervisory Management

  • Production and Operations Management
  • Process design and layout
  • Planning and metrics
  • Supervisort skills
  • Supervisory tools
  • Systems integration

Six Sigma for Quality Management

  • Six sigma - theory and practice
  • Structured Problem Solving
  • Selection and application of relevant quality tools
  • Statistical Techniques
  • Continuous improvement including Lean Manufacturing


  • Learners will be in an environment where they can apply the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills developed in all other relevant modules 
  • They will be required to design and carry out work, where appropriate, collate information and prepare a thesis of the work done. 
  • A typed and bound document must be submitted for assessment. Each learner will also undertake an oral examination on their project.

Follow-on Studies: 

  • Certificate in Quality (20 Credits, Level 7)
  • Certificate in Quality & Regulatory Affairs (20 Credits, Level 7)
  • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary) Degree in Quality

Essential Information: 


  • €400 for Production & Supervisory Management (5 Credits Level 7) 
  • €400 for Six Sigma for Quality Management (5 Credits Level 7)
  • €800 for Project (10 Credits Level 7)

Payment process will be advised in January 2018

Student Cards
Students who enrol for this Certificate will qualify for issuing of a GMIT Student ID Card. 


  • Production & Supervisory Management (5 Credits Level 7) - Thursday evenings, from 7pm to 10pm, from September 2018 to December 2018.
  • Six Sigma for Quality Management (5 Credits Level 7) - Thursday evenings, from 7pm to 10pm, from January 2019 to May 2019.
  • Project (10 Credits Level 7) - Done at place of employment, commencing September 2017. Supervision at agreed ties with assigned lecturer.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements to undertake this Certificate, but you must have completed the Certificate in Quality before commencing Six Sigma for Quality Management. If having completed this and the other two Certificates in Quality you wish to obtain the add-on award, Bachelor of Science in Quality, you must hold a Higher Certificate in Business, Science or Engineering. Places will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis for fully completed applications.

Eligibility for the full Level 7 degree:

To do the full Level 7 degree in Quality for Industry, you need to hold a Level 6 award in Science, Business or Engineering. If you have foreign qualifications, please contact QQI / NARIC website ( which may be able to map your foreign award to the Irish system.

Recognition of your experience in industry (also known as recognition of prior learning (RPL)):

If you don’t hold a Level 6 award, and if you have significant experience in industry (medical device, or pharmaceutical industry), then you could apply to GMIT to review your work experience to see if your work experience can be accredited as being the same as a Level 6 award.  This is called the Recognition of Experiential Learning or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  If you wish to apply for recognition of experiential learning, please contact the l You can apply before you start your studies or during your studies but only applications received before the end of April 2018 will be procressed before the cours ebegins in September 2018

Applying to study individual certificates or individual modules:
Students who do not hold a Level 6 award, and who do not have sufficient experience to get it recognized as equivalent to a Level 6 can still do all the modules in the degree.  They will not graduate with a degree, but will graduate with three separate Certificates. Alternatively, you can apply to do a particular Certificate or a particular module(s). 

The course is delivered in the GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Road, Galway. The room will be advised on the Notice Board in Reception on the first night.

Closing Date for Applications
30th August, 2018. If all places are taken on the course the status of the course will change from “Open for Applications” to “Course Full”.

Application Process
You must download, complete fully and return by email (not by post) the Application Form which is in the form of a MS-Excel file. Incomplete files/ postal applications will be returned.


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Course details

Dr. Seamus Lennon

Head of Department




Mary Russell

Lifelong Learning Centre,

Northern Entrance, GMIT, Dublin Road

Tel: 091 742 145