PROJ07036 2017 Project Six Sigma 3

General Details

Full Title
Project Six Sigma 3
Transcript Title
Project Six Sigma 3
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Subject Area
PROJ - Project
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Brian Coll
Programme Membership
SG_ELSIG_S07 201700 Certificate in Engineering in Lean Sigma Quality

The project aims to provide students with the opportunity to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge they have gained on the programme of study they are undertaking. 

The student should bring the learning from the modules covered in the course to conceive, define and agree a project which is relevant to the subject matter they are studying. A mentor will be assigned to each project, which may be individual or group projects. The mentor will act as a guide in agreeing the relevance, and scope of the project, and monitor the progress on a regular basis. Updates will be sent to the mentor on an agreed basis.

Note: The majority of projects will be conducted in the workplace. As this is an online course, the majority of students are working in industry. Student blogs will be used to share best practices in Six Sigma across the class. Best practices will be generic use of the six sigma tools rather than any company specific information.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify a problem which needs to be addressed of importance to the organisation.


Utilise an appropriate structured approach to manage the project with realistic, interim and overall project objectives.


Prepare a written report which outlines in detail the background to the project, the methodology used, discussion, conclusions and recommendations.


Present project results with Executive Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations and discuss the approach taken and results achieved.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The online teaching and learning strategy will follow the guidelines as developed by Quality Matters:

Unique to the Quality Matters Rubric is the concept of alignment. This occurs when critical course components - Learning Objectives (2), Assessment and Measurement (3), Instructional Materials (4), Learner Interaction and Engagement (5), and Course Technology (6) - work together to ensure students achieve desired learning outcomes.

Module Assessment Strategies

The Project will be assessed by the student preparing interim and final written reports along with a presentation by the student. The project supervisor may also require a log book to be completed regularly by the student.

Project Type A: Six Sigma DMAIC

The Interim Report and Final Report are to be prepared in a structured format using Microsoft Word. The Final report should be at least 3000 words (10 - 12 pages) and contain the following major sections.

  • Executive Summary
  • Background & Objectives
  • Method (DMAIC)
  • Results
  • Conclusions & Recommendations

The Interim Report should address the 'Background & Objectives' and the 'Method' you plan to utilise to undertake your project.

Six Sigma Projects will be assessed taking into consideration the following:

1. Report Structure & Format

  • How clear were the aims and objectives?
  • Is the report well structured with logical flow and
  • Was supporting data available
  • Good use of charts and graphs

2. Students contribution

  • Individual Vs Team contribution
  • How critical was the student to success of overall project?

3. Problem solving methodology used

  • Was methodology appropriate to this project?
  • How many tools were used? - Six Sigma, Lean, Project Management, etc.
  • Should additional tools have been chosen?

4. Value to the company

  • Did the project meet its goals?
  • What metrics were improved?
  • How much money, time was saved, quality improved?

5. Level of innovation and technical difficulty

  • How innovative were the solutions proposed?
  • How technically difficult was the project?
  • Was the project complex, cross-functional?

Project Type B: Research Project

The Interim Report and Final Report are to be prepared in a structured format using Microsoft Word. The Final report should be at least 3000 words (10 - 12 pages) and contain the following major sections.

  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Method
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Appendices

Marks should be assigned depending on how well the student has addressed the following and how well the student answers questions during the presentation.

Why am I doing the project?                                                                                               

  • Has the problem been adequately defined?
  • Has a clear, appropriate and attainable set of aims been identified?

What has been done before?                                                                                               

Has a critical review of the relevant literature been performed? (as a MINIMUM, the student is expected to reference AT LEAST 15-30 appropriate REFEREED publications, though preferably more).

  • Has the relationship between the project and the literature been adequately defined

What am I going to do?                                                                                                        

  • Has a logical process been developed to meet the aims?
  • Has this process been justified?
  • Is the methodology appropriate for the scope of the research?

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Assessments

Indicative Syllabus

Syllabus Content

  • The student should bring the learning from the subjects covered in the course to conceive, define and agree a project which is relevant to the students course of study.
  • Various types of projects may be undertaken depending on whether the student is full time or part time and their course of study.  Examples of these are as follows:

Project Type A: Six Sigma DMAIC

The Six Sigma project will be undertaken by the student and should address a substantive issue in the workplace. The project will test the student's ability to define a real-life problem of concern to the organisation, design a strategy for addressing the problem, gather data, formulate and evaluate options and make recommendations. The project should follow the Six Sigma DMAIC methodology. While it is recommended that the problem is addressed as part of a cross-functional team, it is important that the student makes a significant contribution to the success of the project. A financial saving should be identified. The Green belt is normally expected to contribute annualised savings from €30,000 - €100,000. The amount of savings will depend on the size of the company, sales revenue, number of employees and opportunities for improvements.

The Six Sigma project will also cover the following areas:

1. Project management basics

•· Project charter and problem statement

•· Define and describe elements of a project charter and develop a problem statement, including baseline and improvement goals.

•· Project scope

•· Assist with the development of project definition/scope using Pareto charts, process maps, etc.

•· Assist with the development of primary and consequential metrics (e.g., quality, cycle time, cost) and establish key project metrics that relate to the voice of the customer.

•·  Use project tools such as Gantt charts, critical path method (CPM), and program evaluation and review technique (PERT) charts, etc.

•· Provide input and select the proper vehicle for presenting project documentation (e.g., spreadsheet output, storyboards, etc.) at phase reviews, management reviews and other presentations.

•· Describe the purpose and benefit of project risk analysis, including resources, financials, impact on customers and other stakeholders, etc.

  • Describe the objectives achieved and apply the lessons learned to identify additional opportunities.

 2. Team dynamics and performance

•·  Define and describe the stages of team evolution, including forming, storming, norming, performing, adjourning, and recognition. Identify and help resolve negative dynamics such as overbearing, dominant, or reluctant participants, the unquestioned acceptance of opinions as facts, groupthink, feuding, floundering, the rush to accomplishment, attribution, discounts, plops, digressions, tangents,

•· Describe and define the roles and responsibilities of participants on six sigma and other teams, including black belt, master black belt, green belt, champion, executive, coach, facilitator, team member, sponsor, process owner, etc.

•· Define and apply team tools such as brainstorming, nominal group technique, multi-voting, etc.

•· Use effective and appropriate communication techniques for different situations to overcome barriers to project success.

Project Type B: Research Project



Where the student is unable to complete a project in the workplace, a suitable research project may be undertaken by agreement with the project supervisor.  The principal difference between this type of project and Project Type A is that there will be minimal practical work and no requirement to show cost savings for the research project. There will also be a greater emphasis on the students background research and literature review of the chosen topic.

Note: The Research project type is NOT suitable for students wishing to pursue a Six Sigma Green Belt award.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Proposal Project Written Report 5 % Week 2 1
2 Formative and Summative Assessment Log Book Continuous Assessment Assessment 25 % OnGoing 2
3 Written Report Interim Report Continuous Assessment Project 20 % Any 1,2,3
4 Written Report Final Report / Presentation Continuous Assessment Project 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Flat Classroom Project Work 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Theory 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite Mentoring 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Project 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Recommended Reading 





  Writing Winning Reports And Essays

Janeczko, Paul B.


New York : Scholastic Reference.


  Project Management : The Managerial Process

Gray, Clifford F.


Boston : McGraw-Hill/Irwin.


Business Research, Third Edition

Jill Collis & Rodger Hussey





 Six Sigma Demystified 2nd Edition ISBN:0071445447

Paul A. Keller


McGraw-Hill Professional



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