CURRICULAR GUIDE

Quality Assurance
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Curriculum Code: 0206  (Effective Fall 1999 - Summer 2004)

Quality assurance is an established field utilizing the application of
management principles, problem solving, planning and statistical techniques to
produce high quality products or services.  The quality assurance program
offers students the opportunity to develop skills required for a career in
quality with an emphasis in technical quality areas.  Students will study
areas such as probability and statistics, control charts, problem solving,
metrology, quality improvement teams, quality planning and systems management,
cost of quality, sampling, reliability, applied statistics and experimental
design.  This program provides excellent preparation for students to pursue
certification through the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) as a
Certified Quality Technician, Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality
Manager, Certified Quality Auditor or Certified Reliability Engineer.

Students should see the "Course Descriptions" section of this catalog or the
Course Schedule for course prerequisite information.  Basic skills assessment
and advising information may be found on page 8 of this catalog.

General education is an important part of this program and includes a
mathematics competency requirement.  To fulfill the mathematics competency
requirement, students may need to complete specific coursework in mathematics. 
For information on how to fulfill all general education requirements, see page

Contact the Technology Careers Department, Gannon Vocational-Technical Center,
Room 136, telephone number (517) 483-1336.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 42 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
QUAL 100    Intro Quality Assurance                                          3
QUAL 103    Probability/Stats Qual Assur                                     4
QUAL 104    Process Control Charting                                         3
QUAL 107    Problem-Solving Techniques                                       3
QUAL 115    Metrology                                                        4
QUAL 200    Quality Improvement Teams                                        4
QUAL 203    Quality Planning/Systems Mgmt                                    4
QUAL 205    Cost of Quality                                                  3
QUAL 209    Reliability                                                      3
QUAL 212    Applied Stats/Qual Assur                                         4
QUAL 215    Experimental Design in QA                                        4
QUAL 242    Quality Auditing                                                 3

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                               TOTAL: 21-24 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.
CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                            12 Credits
(See the "GENERAL EDUCATION" section above)
            Writing Core Area                                                3
            Speech Communication Core Area                                   3
            Science/Technology Core Area                                     3
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area                      3
            Mathematics Competency (See page 22 for information on
            how to fulfill this requirement)

CHOICE 2:   Additional Quality Assurance/Technology Courses       9-12 Credits
CNCP 101    PC Applications for Technology                                   3
DTDS 100    CAD/Drafting Concepts                                            4
DTDS 110    Industrial Blueprint Reading                                     3
MACH 100    Manufacturing Processes                                          4
QUAL 121    Intro Statistical Process Cont                                   3
QUAL 124    Quality Service/Customer Satis                                   3
QUAL 135    Measure/Gage Tolerances                                          3
QUAL 224    Supervisory Skills for Quality                                   3
QUAL 239    Project Management                                               3
QUAL 251    Current Qual Assur Topics                                        1
QUAL 252    Current QA Topics II                                             2
            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   63
Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.
I                 II                III               IV
QUAL 100          QUAL 104          QUAL 115          QUAL 209
QUAL 103          QUAL 203          QUAL 200          QUAL 215
QUAL 107          Lim.Ch.           QUAL 205          QUAL 242
Lim.Ch.           Lim.Ch.           QUAL 212          Lim.Ch.
Lim.Ch.           Lim.Ch.           Lim.Ch.