Instructor: Dr. David R. Carey
Office Hours: By Appointment
Design for Six Sigma, Creveling, Slutsky, and Antis, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-009223-1
Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 6:30PM to 9:15PM
Applicable quality techniques are presented within the context of research, new product development, plant operations, product support, and risk reduction. Students will learn how to articulate objectives, identify desired outcomes and establish suitable metrics for performance management.
Students must be enrolled as a graduate student at Wilkes University (EE, EM, or Business). Students who have completed a four-year degree may enroll with the permission of the instructor.
Students are expected to read the relevant text book chapters and all handouts by the assigned class period.
The weekly problem sets represent by far the most important element of the course, and where you will learn the most. I encourage you to work on them in groups if you like; the problems will occasionally be difficult and may require more than one head! However, be convinced in the depths of your soul that letting others do the work for you will lead to disaster at test time. A good technique for many students is to try all the problems individually, then to get together with a friend or in a group for the tough ones. Many years of experience have shown that students who do not work the problems thoroughly do not really understand the material and perform poorly at test time. Reading the text is never sufficient! You are expected to do your homework assignments by their due dates and have them available in class.
Two required exams and a required final examination: You may bring calculators, notes and book.
You are responsible for all material covered in the textbook and in lecture, including any announcements made or special handouts distributed in lecture. If you must be absent during a given lecture, check with a friend to make sure you know what was covered.
Lecture Schedule by session :
Grading and Class Policies: The distribution of points is listed below:
Individual Assignments 35%
Team Assignments 25%
Project Assessment Paper 20%
Final Project Presentation 20%
Grading: Letter grades will not be based on a curve but rather on the following fixed scale: 95% or higher 4.0, 94.9-87.5 3.5, 87.4-80 3.0, 79.9-0 2.0 (.5 will be assigned for top ‰° of each range). For gradate work, below a 3.0 is failing. The advantage of the fixed scale is that you are not competing with other students to get ahead of the curve. Everyone who works hard can do well in the class. It is possible that the entire class can receive A (all scores would be 90% or better). Those who do not do the work will score accordingly.
How to succeed in this course: (1) It is expected that a successful student will invest at least twelve hours studying and problem-solving per week outside of class. Do not expect a good grade if you are not prepared to work at least this much. (2) Read the assigned text before coming to lecture. The importance of this cannot be overemphasized. (3) Work as many problems as possible on a weekly basis; the assigned ones represent the minimum recommended. Do these on your own, if possible; then work with other students to solve the problems. (4) Keep up on a regular basis; cramming doesn't work.
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