Quality in Construction - 2016

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Unit summary

CME304

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Case Study (30%) , Presentation - Group Presentation (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

An examination of the importance of quality to the construction industries in Australia and internationally. The background, principles, components and frameworks of quality and various influential global quality management approaches will be explored and students will apply standards, produce quality management system documentation, audits and certification to industry based scenarios.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. relate the principles and components of quality and quality management to life and work experiences
  2. justify the importance of effectively applying quality and quality management in the construction industry
  3. interpret the requirements of international standards for quality management systems
  4. create documentation for a quality management system, including process maps and procedures.
  • Case Study (30%)
  • Presentation — Group Presentation (30%)
  • Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide an email address

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to Unit - Defining and Explaining Quality
2Overview of Building Industry Performance and the Need for Improvement, Causes of Quality Related Building Failures
3The Background and Development of Quality Management
4The Concept of Inveterate Waste and Quality Costs
5Customers, Processes and Systems
6Quality Improvement
7Effective Teams and Organisational Culture
8The ISO Organisation and ISO Quality Management System Standards (ISO 9000 and ISO 9001)
9The Components of Quality Management Systems
10Documenting and Implementing Quality Management Systems, including Quality Audits and Certification
11Lean Six Sigma
12Benchmarking

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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