University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2020/21

Last modified: 04/05/2020 12:00:40

Named Award Title:MSc Quality Management(International)(Prof Pract)

Award Title for Each Award: MSc  Quality Management(International)(Prof Pract)
PG Dip  Quality Management(International)(Prof Pract)

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
French
Award Accredited By:Chartered Quality Institute.
Maximum Period of Registration:Sept intake: 18 months full-time
Mode of Study:Full Time
Campus:Paisley
University of Angers

School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Programme Leader:Dr Michele Cano

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification
Students must have satisfied the criteria for PgCert or equivalent to be admitted onto the Dual award programme.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Students must also have reached a minimum level of French language equivalent to B2.


Further desirable skills pre-application

It would be desirable that all entrants to SCQF level 11 have skills in the following areas: numeracy, communications (including report writing and presentations) and investigation techniques.


General Overview

This Dual Award programme offers an MSc in Quality Management (International) from the University of The West of Scotland and ISMP Master Degree (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Projet) from the University of Angers, France.

It is designed to meet the evolving and global demands placed on the quality professional. This programme enables the student to study quality management and other continuous improvement approaches relevant to the international business and manufacturing sectors, it also enables students to experience quality and apply quality in an international context.

The emphasis throughout the programme is on the development and implementation of continuous improvement programmes and quality systems at all levels from strategy development through to implementation of the strategy and systems at the operational level from a global perspective.

The key academic aims of the programme are to:

1.        Develop critical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills to prepare the student for employment globally, in a professional position dealing with quality management system development and implementation.

2.        Enable the student to develop an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to achieving excellence through continuous improvement.

3.        Develop and encourage independent judgement and critical awareness in the management of quality.

4.        Assist the student in developing employability and inter-cultural skills, preparing them for work in field of quality management throughout the world.

5.        Guide the student in developing an independent approach to a practical problem, investigating the problem and presenting the findings in a form that is suitable to a post-graduate level degree.

Accredited is by the Chartered Quality Institute.

Graduates have appropriate qualifications to apply for positions in both the public and private sectors. Students may consider further study to PhD level.

The method of presentation of relevant material will consist of a blend of formal teaching sessions, industrial seminars, tutor-led tutorials, and group participation sessions. Self-directed learning, problem based learning, case studies and laboratories will form part of this approach. Assessment is undertaken through written exam papers, challenging and stimulating coursework and laboratory exercises and student involvement in the industrially related integrative project. In the event that a student, having accumulated the necessary passes in the modules, fails to complete the MSc Dissertation satisfactorily, a Postgraduate Diploma will normally be awarded.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

On completion of the Project Management programme, you will gain the following Graduate Attributes:

  • You will be a critical thinker working collaboratively with colleagues on research-minded projects
  • You will be an amibitious, motivated work ready professional, able to show future employers you are a problem solver and an effective communicator
  • Your research will be innovative and creative producing resilient solutions to our quality management challenges internationally.

PDP which is introduced during induction and embedded throughout all modules via coursework and feedback to students.

Students will gain a wide range of skills and abilities in assessing process conditions, auditing quality systems and managing change in the implementation of solutions. Business and industry examples are referred to in all modules and students are encouraged to explore current business needs on a national and international basis and reflect upon their own skills and abilities with respect to those needs.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

During the year spent in UWS students are encouraged to participate in events and seminars provided by CEED and the Chartered Quality Institute. Students are also required to carry out audits within companies.

The MSc project module gives the student an opportunity to elect to undertake a practical project within a company. For UWS students undertaking this in France, full support will be given by UA staff and UWS staff. This will be carried out in a company and the language for the placement may be in English or French.

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

For the purposes of this programme, this equates to the following:

Students are expected to attend all timetabled sessions and to engage with all formative and summative assessment elements of all the modules that are included in the programme specification as core modules as well as any optional module when applicable.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. PG Cert
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

No award available at PgCert level.


B. PG Dip
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Develop a critical understanding and breadth of knowledge in quality related management concepts, disciplines and techniques.
A2Develop a critical understand of inter-cultural management within the quality profession.
A3Develop a critical awareness of the role of operations and project management in the organisation.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Apply techniques for managing the change involved in implementing Quality Management Systems.
B2Design, develop and apply strategies and policies for the implementation of Quality.
B3Critically evaluate and apply techniques for assessing risk and controlling quality levels enabling management decisions.
B4Employ techniques to develop inter cultural skills in working within the global organisation.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Critically evaluate and demonstrate the most effective means of communication in given international situations.
C2Analyse, critically evaluate and apply techniques for measuring and improving quality.
C3Apply computer-based tools for the analysis of quality management data.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Develop problem solving and decision-making skills through the analysis and evaluation of case studies in quality management. management.
D2Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues in quality
D3Undertake evaluation of quality data and information.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Develop a critical self-reflection and improvement approach to building successful teams.
E2Demonstrate effective interpersonal and intercultural skills.
E3Critically evaluate and apply the best techniques for independent learning skills and establish study patterns for life-long learning.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11023Postgraduate Research Methods10       1
11QUAL11001Operations & Project Mgt20       1
11QUAL11003Interpersonal Skills & Change Management10       1
11QUAL11013Project Management Fundamentals20       2
11QUAL11020Managing Quality20       1 and 2
11QUAL11025Risk Management10       1
11QUAL11017Strategic Management & Sustainability10       1
11QUAL11002Statistical Quality Control20       1

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
1 - Indicates modules taken by UWS students during their diploma studies at UWS

2 - Indicates that modules are taken only by University of Angers (UA) students during their study year at UWS.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
for UWS students only      
20 credits from available options below OR any other appropriate option at Level 11      
11QUAL11008Service Quality20       1 Recommended
for Angers students choose 20 credits from      
11QUAL11019Project Risk Management20       2
11QUAL11025Risk Management10       2
11BUSN11097Procurement Systems10       2
11QUAL11024Professional Practice60       1 and 2

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
1 UWS students
2 University of Angers students

Criteria for Progression and Award

PgDip in Quality Management (International) may be awarded on successful completion of 120 credits from the above modules and which must include all core modules options from the list provided.
The Professional Practice module may be taken as additional credit and can be done through a work placement. Students completing the Professional Practice module will be awarded the PgD Quality Management(International) (Professional Practice). [Note that this module is offered subject to availability of suitable placement opportunities and cannot be guaranteed].


C. Masters
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Critically evaluate evidence from a variety of topics.
A2Develop a critical awareness of current issues in quality management in a global context.
A3Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Consolidate and integrate knowledge gained from the taught modules and provide practical experience in applying effective strategies in quality management.
B2Apply a range of methods and techniques to a specialised area of quality management.
B3Undertake skilled, competent, safe, evaluative and reflective sampling and analysis for quality improvement.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Present a clear concise written report.
C2Formulate and present a written volume of work on quality management or related area.
C3Communicate effectively to expert and non-expert audiences internationally.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge and thinking in quality management or associated areas in a global context.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress.
E2Take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11003Interpersonal Skills & Change Management10       1
11QUAL11020Managing Quality20       1 and 2
11QUAL11022MSc Project (International)60       DL available
11QUAL11001Operations & Project Mgt20       1
11QUAL11023Postgraduate Research Methods10       1
11QUAL11013Project Management Fundamentals20       2
11QUAL11025Risk Management10       1
11QUAL11002Statistical Quality Control20       1
11QUAL11017Strategic Management & Sustainability10       1

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
1 UWS students
2 Angers students

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
Any other UWS 20 credit module at level 11      
11BUSN11097Procurement Systems10       2
11QUAL11024Professional Practice60       additional credit
11QUAL11019Project Risk Management20       2
11QUAL11025Risk Management10       2
11QUAL11008Service Quality20       1 recommended

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
UWS students can take any 20 credit optional module however Service Quality is Recommended.
For University of Angers students they must take 20 credits from
Project Risk Management or
Risk Management and Procurement Systems.

The Professional Practice module may be taken as additional credit and can be done through a work placement. Students completing the Professional Practice module will be awarded the MSc Quality Management (International) (Professional Practice). [Note that this module is offered subject to availability of suitable placement opportunities and cannot be guaranteed]

Criteria for Award

The MSc in Quality Management (International) will be awarded on successful completion of the MSc Project (International)60 credits in addition to the 120 credits from the PgD.
The Professional Practice module may be taken as additional credit and can be done through a work placement. Students completing the Professional Practice module will be awarded the MSc Quality Management (International) (Professional Practice).


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.



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