Quality control courses are available through bachelor's and master's degree programs in quality assurance, industrial engineering and supply chain management. Students learn how to choose the materials used in a product, mass produce the product and test the product's compliance with quality control standards.
Here are a few common concepts taught in quality control courses:
- Good and services
- Product design
- Industry standards
- Procedural documentation
- Product assembly
Coursework covers how products are designed, manufactured, and brought to market. Additionally, students learn to track how these products perform in the consumer market and how to package and transport products in optimal ways. Courses combine lectures, class work and practical training.
List of Courses
This introductory course familiarizes students with issues in operations management that affect quality control. Students select product materials for large-scale production and become familiar with creating processes that allow managers to oversee efficient mass production of goods. Operations management courses are usually taken early in a degree program.
Production Planning and Control
Students taking a production planning and control course create systems for monitoring that a production line is creating high-quality products at a high rate. They learn how to plan, schedule and control lines to examine product construction and completion. Common topics include resource planning, supply chain management and operations planning. Usually, this course is taken early in a degree program, in conjunction with the operations management class.
Statistical Quality Control
Statistical quality control courses introduce students to the product design and control process. Course assignments may include creating sample quality control plans. Students examine a company's production and processing capacity, along with the product quality loss when production exceeds that capacity. Students also analyze the products' performance.
Quality Control in Biotechnology
This intermediate course is designed specifically for quality control students specializing in biotechnology, including fields like genetic engineering and biofuels. The course focuses on industry safety standards. Students practice documenting operation and maintenance processes for biotech products, check for product contamination and monitor compliance with FDA standards. This course is taken about halfway through a degree program.
Supply Chain Management
Through quality control courses in supply chain management, students gain practical experience creating a plan that takes a product from development completion to the market. They create mock supply arrangements to deliver goods as needed. Topics include packing, storage, transportation systems and logistics. Usually, this intermediate course is taken about halfway through a degree program.