Full Title:Quality Management in the Food Industry
Module Code:QUAL S7005
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:To provide the learner with the necessary knowledge and undestanding of the tools, processes and systems used to implement and maintain a complaint Quality Management System (e.g. ISO, BRC etc.) thus allowing s/he to operate effectively and efficiently in the highly regulated and controlled food manufacturing and/or service environment.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Compare and contrast the different stages in the evolution of a modern Quality Management System (QMS)
  2. Explain the philosophy and principles that underpin the continuous improvement process developed by the great quality gurus such a Deming, Crosby, Ishikawa etc.
  3. Analyse how to continuously reduce waste and improve product and service quality using any one of the seven different Quality Improvement Tools (7QIT).
  4. Discuss the basic framework behind modern Quality Management Systems (e.g. BRC and ISO).
  5. Discuss the need for self assessment, how audits and management reviews are formatted and design and implement a basic audit.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Evolution of Quality Management
Inspection to Quality Control (QC) to Quality Assurance (QA) to Quality Management (QM)
Quality gurus
Deming (SPC, PDCA etc.), Crosby (RFT, ZD etc.),Ishikawa(Q Circles, 7QIT etc.).
Quality/ Improvement Tools
Flow Chart, Check Sheet,Pareto, Histogram, Fishbone (C&E), Scatter Plat and SPC.
The Basis of a Quality Management System
Customer requirements to product and service performance based on current QMS Standards such as ISO/BRC etc.
Customer focus
Understanding the product and service needs of the customer.
Auditing, Management Review and Self Assessment
Definitions, audit formats, audit processe types, typical audit steps, nonconformance corrective and preventative actions and auditor skills
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test Class Test on the evolution on quality assurance and the principles of continuous improvement. 1,2,3 20.00 0 0 Week 5 0
Class Test Class Test on the basic framework behind modern quality management systems, self-assessment and quality audits. 3,4,5 40.00 0 0 Week 9 0
Project Students will carry out an individual project relating to a current topic in quality assurance covered in the course. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Deming W. Edward 1982, Out oif Crisis, 1st Ed., McGrath-Hill [ISBN: 978-0911379013]
  • Orsins, Nilsson, Joyce 2012, The Essential Edward Deming, McGrath-Hill [ISBN: 978-0071790222]
  • Juran Institute Inc. 2013, Quality Improvement Tools, 1st Ed., Create Space Independent Publishing Platform [ISBN: 978-1482319910]
  • Swanson Roger 1995, The Quality Improvement Handbook: Team Guide to Tools and Techniques, CRC Press [ISBN: 978-1884015595]
  • Brassard Michael 1988, The Memory Jogger: A Guide of Tools for Continuous Improvement, 2nd Ed., Goal/QPC [ISBN: 978-1879364035]
  • Kill Ron 2012, The BRC Global Standard for Food: A Guide to a Successful Audit, 2nd Ed., Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 978-0470670651]
  • Tricker Ray 2009, ISO9001:2008 for Small Businesses, 4th Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 978-1856178617]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Juran, Joseph & Defeo Joseph 2010, Jurans Handbook on Quality, 6th Ed., McGraw and Hill [ISBN: 978-0071629737]
  • Louhran, Maire 2010, Auditing For Dummies, John Wiley & sons [ISBN: 978-0470530719]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_SAGRI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agriculture 5 Mandatory
DK_SAGRI_7 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture 1 Mandatory