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Embedded Systems Engineering

Course Details

Award: Specialist Diploma
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award Delivery:
Blended (combination of on-line and on campus delivery)
Duration:
2 semesters (15 weeks each)
Attendance:
One evening per week (Wednesday) from 6pm to 9pm
Start Date: January 2020 Enquiries:

Embedded systems are the cornerstone of most modern 'intelligent' devices, diverse consumer items such as smartphones, digital TV and washing machines to more complex systems such as automotive navigation and control systems. The application of embedded systems spans many sectors of the economy including consumer electronics, transportation, safety and security and medical applications.

The rapid growth of applications in the Embedded Systems area requires skilled engineers who have the necessary specific hardware and software expertise. This programme aims to equip students with essential knowledge and skills required to design real-time, high performance compact-code embedded systems. This includes analysis of embedded processors and architectures and methods and techniques for programming real time systems. 

1 year: 2 semesters – Spring and Autumn. Commencing January 2020.

The programme is designed for experienced ICT professionals who wish to upskill to meet the emerging skills gap in the Embedded Systems area. It is an intensive blended-learning programme, suitable for those working fulltime, with an on-campus requirement of one evening per week.

An honours primary degree, at minimum second class honours, in a relevant computing, electronics, engineering, mathematics, science or technology discipline.

Applicants who possess an honours undergraduate degree, at minimum second class honours or equivalent, in a non-numerate discipline and have a minimum of three years experiential learning in an appropriate computing discipline will also be considered.

Students should have a programming background and experience ideally in C and/or C++.

Alternative Entry Route
Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria can be evaluated under the UL RPL policy and may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

 

Students will have the opportunity to embed their newly developed knowledge and skills via an in-company project in the second semester. Employed applications would need to ensure their company would be willing to support an in-company project, and it is assumed applicants could base their project in their own company.

Minor Award at Level 9 NFQ

36 ECTS

The programme comprises 4 taught modules and an industry based project.

Operating Systems: multitasking operating systems in single processor systems using a Unix or WIN-32 operating system; lab work will teach the student to develop concurrent program solutions.
Digital (Embedded) Systems: concepts and design issues for interfacing digital hardware to a microprocessor.
Real Time System Design: real-time system design concepts, techniques and methodologies at application level and system level and the interaction of hardware and micro-kernel services on real time applications.
Software Engineering: understanding and applying approaches to software development in the Embedded Systems environment

Estimated time requirement is 8-10 hours per week per module (including one on campus evening per week and a substantial online component).

One evening per week (Wednesday) from 6pm to 9pm. Starting January 2020.

€5,250 payable in two equal instalments in January and September

As this is a Springboard funded Programme, initial applications will come through the Springboard website. Successful applicants will apply again through the UL system one month before course start.

Before you apply, you will need to gather documentation. Please visit the How to Apply page to read detailed guidelines on which documents to gather and the application fee. You will also find the application link for your chosen course on the 'How to Apply' page.

N.B. - We recommend that prospective students for any ULearning programmes visit the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. For any queries which are not addressed in the FAQ please do not hesitate to email ulearning@ul.ie or call 061 213360.

Information & Network Security- Specialist Diploma

Course Details

Award: Specialist Diploma
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award Delivery:
Blended (combination of on-line and on campus delivery)
Duration:
3 semesters, 11 months (September-August)
Attendance:
Weekly On-campus classes (Thursday evenings 6pm - 9pm)
Start Date: September 2020 Enquiries:

Maintaining secure networks and information systems and guarding company information are considered critical in today's business environments. Most companies, especially those in banking, defense, e-commerce and telecommunications are making systems security a top priority. Consequently, there is a great need for skilled professionals who can plan, analyse and implement security measures.  This programme aims to address these needs and is delivered on a part-time basis over 1 year.

1 year: 3 semesters – Autumn (Sept- Dec), Spring (Jan-May) and Summer (end May- Aug).

This programme is designed for ICT professionals who wish to upskill to meet an emerging skills gap in the Information and Network Security area and is also suitable for applicants with a previous history of employment who meet the entry requirements and who may require additional up-skilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment.

An honours primary degree, at minimum second class honours, in a relevant computing, electronics, engineering, mathematics, science or technology discipline.

Applicants who possess an honours undergraduate degree, at minimum second class honours or equivalent, in a non-numerate discipline and have a minimum of three years experiential learning in an appropriate computing discipline will also be considered.

It is expected that applicants will have a working knowledge of a programming language and of computer networking (TCP/IP);

Education qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered in evaluating an application.

Alternative Entry Route:
Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria can be evaluated under the UL RPL policy and may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

Students will have the opportunity to embed their newly developed knowledge and skills via an in-company project in the second and third semester. Employed applications would need to ensure their company would be willing to support an in-company project, and it is assumed applicants could base their project in their own company.

Minor Award at Level 9 NFQ

36 ECTS (European Credit Transfer)

The course content will address the skills shortages for Network and Security ICT professionals by developing learners’ knowledge and skills - specifically in the module areas of:

1) Cryptography & security fundamentals: including security threats and vulnerabilities as well as security services for modern e-commerce and mobile applications

2) Communication & cryptographic security protocols: their application, design and evaluation of their reliability;

3) Network & host security: techniques and skills for the reliable operation and protection of networks and hosts against attack;

4) Data forensics: techniques and their application for data collection, data preservation, investigation of potentially compromised systems and collection of evidence in compromised systems;

Estimated time requirement is 8-10 hours per week per module (including one on campus evening per week and a substantial online component).

Semesters 1 & 2: One evening per week (Thursday) from 6pm to 9pm. Starting 12 September 2019

Semester 3 (Summer): Project write up.

€5,250 payable in two equal instalments in September and January (€2625 *2)

As this is a Springboard funded Programme, initial applications will come through the Springboard website. Successful applicants will then apply again through the UL system one month before course start.

Before you apply, you will need to gather documentation. Please visit the How to Apply page to read detailed guidelines on which documents to gather and the application fee. You will also find the application link for your chosen course on the 'How to Apply' page.

N.B. - We recommend that prospective students for any ULearning programmes visit the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. For any queries which are not addressed in the FAQ please do not hesitate to email ulearning@ul.ie or call 061 213360.

Regulatory Affairs in (Bio) Pharmaceuticals - Specialist Diploma

Course Details

Award: Specialist Diploma
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award Delivery:
Blended (combination of on-line and on campus delivery)
Duration:
2 semesters (15 weeks each)
Attendance:
On-campus classes on 3 Saturdays each semester
Start Date: January 2020 Enquiries:

The Specialist Diploma in Regulatory Affairs in (Bio)Pharmaceuticals was developed with input and presentations from European Regulatory Authorities, including the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), TOPRA (The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs) as well as the European Commission. The topics and syllabus are designed to give a complete overview of the role of the Regulatory Professional in the (bio) pharmaceutical industry and will suit anybody with an interest in moving into the area of regulatory affairs who has worked in the industry or who has a suitable qualification, or for those who are currently working in the area and who wish to formalise their learning with a qualification.

The programme benefits those in the early stages of a regulatory career or seeking to transition from another function, as well as more experienced professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge or formalise their learning.

The programme runs over two semesters. Semester 1 (Jan-May) and Semester 2 (Sept.- Dec.).

The programme comprises five Taught Modules and a mandatory Career Development day. 

The Specialist Diploma in Regulatory Affairs in (Bio)Pharmaceuticals benefits those in the early stages of a regulatory career or seeking to transition from another function, as well as more experienced professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge or formalise their learning.

Applicants are normally expected to hold a relevant Level 8 primary honours degree (minimum H2.2), or an equivalent qualification, and have at least 1 year of relevant industry experience.

This Specialist Diploma is available to graduates with a background in Pharmaceutical Science, Pharmacy, Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Science/research, Medicine, Quality, Compliance, Manufacturing, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology or other science related discipline. It is designed for graduates who would like to learn about the regulation of medicines and the impact of and need for their regulation.

Alternative Entry Route
Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria can be evaluated under the UL Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy and may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the programme. 

Applicants are required to meet the University of Limerick English Language requirements 

See acceptable list of English proficiency qualifications:

UL English Language Requirements

See when English Proficiency Exams can be taken in the University of Limerick:

UL English Language Test details

Semester 1 (Spring)
1. Drug Regulation and the Agencies.
2. Regulatory Affairs Interactions in Drug Development & Product Marketing.
3. Key Regulatory Considerations for Non-clinical and Clinical Development and Clinical Operations.
4. Career Development (Optional)

Semester 2 (Autumn)
1. Regulatory Requirements for a New Active Substance: Chemical and Pharmaceutical.
2. Regulatory Strategy and Requirements for Established Active Substances.

Each module (5 modules in total) has its own assessment, and this are a blend of Multiple choice questions and assignments which can be worked on in the course participants own time.

Online/distance learning with students required to attend classes three saturdays of the semester.

All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider.

The Springboard+ course cost for the Specialist Diploma in Regulatory Affairs in (Bio)Pharmaceuticals for is €5,250. Employed participants will get a Springboard+ subvention of €4,725 and will have to make a contribution of €525. 

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants. 

As this is a Springboard funded Programme, initial applications will come through the Springboard website. Successful applicants will apply again through the UL system one month before course start.

Before you apply, you will need to gather documentation. Please visit the How to Apply page to read detailed guidelines on which documents to gather and the application fee. You will also find the application link for your chosen course on the 'How to Apply' page.

N.B. - We recommend that prospective students for any ULearning programmes visit the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. For any queries which are not addressed in the FAQ please do not hesitate to email ulearning@ul.ie or call 061 213360.

Supply Chain Management - BSc.

Course Details

Award: Bachelor of Science (BSc.)
Qualification: Undergraduate NFQ Level 8 Delivery:
Blended & Online
Duration:
2 years
Attendance:
On Campus attendance one day every three weeks plus webinars throughout the duration of the programme.
Start Date: September Enquiries:

Supply-chain enterprises operate in a highly dynamic business environment characterised by three Cs – change in globalisation such as outsourcing, change in product possibilities and expectations such as product-service bundling, and change in ways of integrating businesses such as the emergence of enterprise networks.
This programme’s content aligns with the framework of the Supply-Chain Council’s Supply Chain Operations Reference model (SCOR). While in the form of a template, this model places operations planning and control centrally in a way that prior implicit framings did not and so provides a basis for the strongly conceptual navigations that supply-chain managers face in their everyday lives. The programme combines strong human factor, cause-effect modelling, and process improvement orientations to leverage innovative opportunities.

The BSc programme will allow entry into year 2, 3 or 4 of the programme onto the BSc route provided applicants meet the entry criteria specified.

The programme is designed as a continuous professional development programme and will give exempted credits for the BSc route into the year of study to successful applicants who meet the specified entry requirements and can demonstrate that they have attained the learning outcomes of the exempted years. There will be an exit point at the end of year 2 and year 3 for those on the BSc route who successfully complete the years study and are eligible to progress but who do not wish to do so.

For more information on entry level and duration, contact susie.boekhout@ul.ie

For those who are currently employed, or seeking employment, in a variety of technology rich industries, such as Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Biotechnology and Manufacturing, who require a degree qualification and are seeking the same for professional advancement.

After completing this programme, graduates should be able to:

• Identify the fundamental theories and concepts and methods that inform supply chain management within a variety of organisational settings and in a variety of disciplines.
• Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of specialised areas pertaining to different supply chain functions.
• Display specialised technical, analytical and creative skills which are fundamental to problem solving and decision making.
• Apply knowledge in a variety of enterprise settings.

In addition to the Year specific requirements the following are required:

• Submission of a prior learning and prior experiential learning portfolio, to document prior leaning and work experience in general and specifically around the field of Supply Chain management related studies. This portfolio is to demonstrate the attainment of the learning outcomes of the previous years of the programme from which the applicant is seeking exemptions.

and

• If deemed necessary, completion of PT4900 skills portfolio modules and/or an interview.

Year 2 Entry
NFQ level 7 qualification 60ECTS in any discipline. Exempted credits will be given for year 1. e.g. Participation on first year of a degree programme,

Year 3 Entry
NFQ level 7 2.2H award 120ECTS in a cognate business, science or technical discipline.

Year 4 Entry
NFQ level 7 2.2H award 180ECTS in in a cognate business, science or technical discipline.

UL’s PRL policy will be applied to this course. The course board may at its discretion accept a level 6 qualification with stronger evidence of prior learning and experience. Entry is decided on a case by case basis.

The route that students will follow is dependent on their entry year into the programme.

Year 2 - 60 Credits
Module Code Module Description Credits

Semester 1

MG2101 Management & Leadership 6
PT3001 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 6
AU3023 Statistics 6
MG2131 Managing Communications 6

Semester 2

PT4024 Introduction to Models & Frameworks for SCM 6
AU3014 Operations Engineering 6
MG2132 Quality Management - CRM 6
PM2082 Managing Change and Conflict 6

Semester 3

PT4035 Supply Chain Case Study 1 6
PT4045 Skills Portfolio (Supply Chain Management) 6
Year 3 - 60 Credits
Module Code Module Description Credits

Semester 1

PT3011 Plan Within Supply Chains 6
PT3021 Make Within Supply Chains 6
PM3081 Organisational Behaviour 1 6
EC3601 Irish Economic Environment 6

Semester 2

PT3051 Source Within Supply Chains 6
PT3061 Deliver & Return Within Supply Chains 6
MG3652 Strategic Management 6
MG4181 Supply Chain Risk Assessment & Forecasting 6

Semester 3

PTX182 Supply Chain Project 2 12
Year 4 - 63 Credits
Module Code Module Description Credits

Semester 1

PT4057 Advanced Models & Frameworks for SCM 6
MG4917 Supply Chain & Customer Relationship Management 9
PT3071 Information Systems & Decision Support 6
PT4025 Simulation Modelling & Analysis 6

Semester 2

PT3041 Lean Sigma Improvement Methodologies 6
EC4908 Issues in the Global Economic Environment 9
AC4906 Corporate Social Responsibilty 9

Semester 3

PT4184 Supply Chain Project 3 12

Delivery is a hybrid of traditional distance education and online learning together with a number of on-campus tutorials. In addition, there are on-line discussions moderated by a subject matter expert on elements of each module to reinforce the learning and maximise the benefit of the programme for participants.

Tutorials are held at the University of Limerick campus.

Fees for the programme are €4,536 per Academic year. Students will receive a list of course materials for purchase.

Before you apply, you will need to gather documentation. Please visit the How to Apply page to read detailed guidelines on which documents to gather and the application fee. You will also find the application link for your chosen course on the 'How to Apply' page.

N.B. - We recommend that prospective students for any ULearning programmes visit the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. For any queries which are not addressed in the FAQ please do not hesitate to email ulearning@ul.ie or call 061 213360.

Supply Chain Operations - Masters

Course Details

Award: Master of Science
Qualification: Level 9 Masters (MSc) Delivery:
Online & Distance Learning
Duration:
2 years
Attendance:
online only
Start Date: January 2020 Enquiries:

Eliminate inefficiencies in your supply chain and help your organisation become more competitive, agile and profitable.

This course offers students the unique opportunity to gain full visibility of supply chain operations. Students achieve a practical understanding of all stages of the supply chain, both internal and external to the organisation, including planning, procurement, manufacturing, distribution and customer service returns. This complete, global view enables better forecasting, increased operational efficiency and improved customer service levels—which help make your organisation more agile, more competitive and more profitable..

This programme contains eleven taught modules spread over five semesters of 12 weeks each.

Semester 1 falls in the Spring semester which is January to May each year. The Autumn semester runs from September to December each year.

 

 

The programme is designed for those with a responsibility for/or actively engaged in supply chain activities through the use or intended use of quantitative data tools and methodologies or from the customer facing aspect of the organisation. The programme is suited to a variety of industry sectors both in manufacturing and services. There is an expectation that participants will be in a position to experiment with the software tool that are part of each module in their own organisation.

Applicants for a Master’s programme normally must have a first- or second-class Level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject.

OR

Equivalent prior learning recognised by the University as meeting this requirement, normally 3 to 5 years’ experience in a supply chain management role.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. 
The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

This programme contains eleven taught modules spread over five semesters, with the thesis being completed over both summer semesters. The content is online with regular tutor and class interactions. In addition to the taught modules, students will complete a thesis based on company research.

YEAR 1 YEAR 2
SEMESTER 1 (12 WEEKS) SEMESTER 4 (12 WEEKS)
  • Orientation
  • Frameworks for Supply Chain Management
  • Quality Science 
  • Supply Chain Risk Assessment and Forecasting
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Mathematical Modelling In Supply Chains
SEMESTER 2 (12 WEEKS)
  • SEMESTER 5 (12 WEEKS)
  • Thesis (Supply Chain Operations)
  • Strategic Business
  • Marketing Technology Products
  • Financial Management & Decision Making
  • Operations Management
  • Simulation Modelling In Supply Chains
  • Enterprise Modelling and Simulation
SEMESTER 3 (OWN TIME) SEMESTER 6 (12 WEEKS)
  • Thesis (Supply Chain Operations)
  • Thesis (Supply Chain Operations)

The course is fully online with course material that is supplemented by live webinars, regular tutor contact, asynchronous disussion boards, online activities and reflective journals

The total fees for this two-year course are €14,000.   
This is paid in four instalments over the course of the programme. This fee includes ebooks and access to online resources at the UL library.

This course is eligible for tax relief in Ireland. For other countries, contact your local government for more information.

Before you apply, you will need to gather documentation. Please visit the How to Apply page to read detailed guidelines on which documents to gather and the application fee. You will also find the application link for your chosen course on the 'How to Apply' page.

N.B. - We recommend that prospective students for any ULearning programmes visit the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. For any queries which are not addressed in the FAQ please do not hesitate to email ulearning@ul.ie or call 061 213360.

Quality & Regulatory Affairs- BSc

Course Details

Award: Bachelor of Science (BSc.)
Qualification: Undergraduate NFQ Level 8 Delivery:
Blended & Online
Duration:
3 semesters
Attendance:
On- campus classes 4 to 6 Saturdays of the semester
Start Date: September 2020 Enquiries:

The Bachelors in Science in Quality and Regulatory affairs – run in conjunction with the Irish MedTech Association, is certified by University of Limerick. 

This is a top-up degree for persons who already hold an NFQ Level 7 (ordinary) degree (180 ects) plus 3 years of relevant work experience. It is designed specifically by the medical technology companies to reskill or upskill existing employees to take up roles in the quality and regulatory affairs function that now require a level 8 qualification. It is also suitable for unemployed persons that meet the entry requirements. The BSc in Quality and Regulatory Affairs is a distance education course with 12 days classroom time over the 12 months.

This is an accelerated course which starts in September, and runs through until the following August. 

For those who have a level 7 qualification and wish to top up to a level 8 Degree award. For those who work in the following sectors: design, manufacture of medical device technology, pharma/biopharma, and certain elements of the software and electronics industry.

It is expected that applicants have work experience in, at least one of, the design, production, quality, regulation, compliance and or validation functions.

This programme is a level 7 to level 8 top-up programme. Those holding a Level 8 major award of an honours degree are not eligible to apply for this programme.

Applicants should have a NFQ Level 7 (ordinary) degree (180 ects) in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) discipline.

Applicants should have 3 years work experience in a regulated sector.

Applicants education qualifications, work experience; particularly in regulation, validation and compliance, their motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme will be considered in evaluating an application.

Applicants are required to meet the University of Limerick English Language requirements.

Modules/Schedule

Semester 1 Autumn 

  • Introduction to Quality Management (6 ects.)
  • Quality Science (6 ects.)
  • Problem Solving Tools & Techniques (6 ects.)

 

 

Semester 2 Spring 

  • Medical Device Science (6 ects.)
  • Bio Compatibility & Device Design (6 ects.)
  • Fundamentals in Regulatory Affairs (9 ects.)

Semester 3 Summer 

  • Validation Principles & Practices (9 ects.)
  • Project (12 ects.)
  • Option: Career Development Programme

There will be approx 13 Saturdays of face-to-face learning plus online learning throughout the years programme.

Start Date: TBC
End Date: TBC

Semester 1 4 x Saturdays classroom
Semester 2 6 Saturdays classroom
Semesters 3 3 Saturdays classroom

 

For more information on programme fees, contact the Irish MedTech Association

https://irishmedtechspringboard.ie/bachelors-in-science-in-quality-and-regulatory-affairs/

 

For more information on applications, contact the Irish MedTech Association

https://irishmedtechspringboard.ie/bachelors-in-science-in-quality-and-regulatory-affairs/

Lean Sigma Systems - Masters

Course Details

Award: Master of Science
Qualification: Level 9 Masters (MSc) Delivery:
Blended (combination of on-line and on campus delivery)
Duration:
2 years
Attendance:
On-campus classes three Saturdays each semester
Start Date: September 2019 Enquiries:

The course will create graduates that understand the theory and practical application of quality management tools and techniques, with particular emphasis on the areas of Lean and Six Sigma as they would apply to their own organisation. It will educate and train participants in specific quality management skills in both the lean and six sigma domains and in strategic and transferable business skills. A graduate of the programme will be considered a Master Black Belt in Lean and Six Sigma.

The Programme is 2 years in duration with a prescribed progression route. Generally students will take Lean Systems modules in Year 1 and Six Sigma modules in Year 2 and will also complete an Enterprise Improvement Project/Dissertation in Year 2.

The MSc is designed for those with a responsibility for/or actively engaged in organisational improvement and development through the use or intended use of quality management, lean or six sigma methodologies. The programme is suited to a variety of industry sectors both in manufacturing and services, including the public sector.

Applicants require a 2.1 degree (NFQ level 8) in any discipline or equivalent and at least three years relevant work experience.

Applicants who have completed the Specialist Diploma in Lean Systems and/or Six Sigma are eligible for exemptions from those modules on this programme.

  • Master Content to Master Black Belt standard 
  • On-line interactive and non-interactive content
  • Flexible course progression
  • Moderated e-discussion boards
  • On-line & email-tutor support
  • Supplement face-to-face tutorial sessions
  • Peer-supported study groups (on-line and off-line)
  • Work-based project- industrial mentor and academic supervisor
  • Professionally designed learning material

The focus is on application with core elements directly delivered as taught modules and key supporting concepts delivered in a workshop, site visit, or seminar setting.

Semester 01 Semester 02 Summer
  1. Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 1
  2. Leadership and Change Management
  1. Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 2
  2. Lean Systems Project
 
Semester 03 Semester 04 Summer
  1. Quality Science Statistics
  1. Advanced Quality Statistics
  1. Enterprise Improvement Project
  1. Problem Solving Tools & Techniques
  1. Six Sigma Project
 

Enterprise Improvement Project:

Programme completion requires a substantial industry based project. The expectation that the project would realise savings of €100,000 for the participant organisation. The project will require the application of the concepts covered in the course. The output of the project should involve a significant benefit to the company. The Student, Supervisor and Company will agree the success metric for the project as part of the topic selection process.

Examples of success metrics could include:

  • the improvement of a specified performance indicator by an agreed amount. 
  • the quantifiable addition of value to process or service which was the focus of the project. 
  • a cost saving of the order of €100,000 which must be verified by the company, or in the case of a Small to Medium Enterprises, (SMEs, <250 employees), project savings must amount to 0.3% of annual turnover. 

An example could be a plant relay out that could result in cost savings through inventory reduction to the value of €100,000, or an increase in machine efficiency by 5%, or a reduction process cycle time by 10%.

The University of Limerick and several leading Irish companies designed this course to meet the standards of a Master black belt. While there is no single authority that issues belts in Lean or Six Sigma the industry group and university carried out extensive research in designing the course to ensure that the course met the general standards that are expected of a black belt holder. Master Black Belt projects are expected to save in the region of €100,000 for their organisation. A Master Black Belt holder is expected to be competent in the tools and techniques to organise and implement a project at this level and to be capable of managing a number of such projects simultaneously for their organisation in a strategic capacity.

Successful participants will receive a letter from the University of Limerick stating that their course is a Master Black Belt level.

Delivery is a hybrid of traditional distance education and online learning together with a number of on-campus tutorials (approx. 3 Saturdays per semester). In addition, there are online discussions moderated by a subject matter expert on elements of each module to reinforce the learning and maximise the benefit of the programme for participants.

The cost of the programme is €14,000. This is payable in 4 equal instalments of €3,500 over 4 semesters. There are 2 semesters per year. If an applicant has previously completed a Specialist Diploma in Lean or Six Sigma from U.L, their fee will be reduced accordingly.

Before you apply, you will need to gather documentation. Please visit the How to Apply page to read detailed guidelines on which documents to gather and the application fee. You will also find the application link for your chosen course on the 'How to Apply' page.

N.B. - We recommend that prospective students for any ULearning programmes visit the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. For any queries which are not addressed in the FAQ please do not hesitate to email ulearning@ul.ie or call 061 213360.

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Lean Systems - Specialist Diploma

Course Details

Award: Specialist Diploma
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award Delivery:
Blended (combination of on-line and on campus delivery)
Duration:
Two semesters, each 15 weeks.
Attendance:
On campus classes on 3 Saturdays each semester
Start Date: January 2020 Enquiries:

Lean is a set of management strategies and tools that is geared to improve process flow while eliminating waste and improving quality. This Lean Black Belt course, aims to develop participants’ process improvement skills, and will provide education and practical application to a Black Belt level in Lean. A company-based project will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the participants’ workplace.

  • The Specialist Diploma in Lean Systems is aimed at managers, engineers, supervisors and technicians who have responsibility for quality or continuous improvement within their organisations and also those who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the area of Lean systems. 
  • Are responsible for or actively engaged in organisational improvement and development through the use of quality management. tools and techniques.
  • Seek recognition as a Black Belt in Lean.

Programme participants should hold a NFQ level-8, primary degree in any discipline or an equivalent qualification and have at least three years of relevant work experience. Where an applicant does not meet the entry requirements above, an offer of a place on the programme may be made in exceptional circumstances, where the candidate provides a portfolio of evidence to support prior learning,  and the application of learning or competence in the area.

For more information about NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications), visit the NFQ website here

  • This flexible programme lets students take three taught modules over two semesters. In addition to the taught modules, there will be a strong focus on the integration of the concepts tools and techniques in the participant’s organisation during the course of the programme. 
  • Course delivery combines traditional distance education with online learning and approximately three on-campus days per semester. 
  • Talks by industry/professional experts who will deliver a seminar linking theory to practice.

Programme Structure:

The programme comprises three taught modules, a series of seminars and a company based project.

•Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 1
•Lean Thinking/Lean Tools 2
•Leadership and Change Management
•In-Company Project

In Company Project: 

Programme completion requires a substantial industry based project, reported in the form of management report. The expectation that the project would realise savings of at least €50,000 for the participant organisation. The project will require the application of the concepts covered in the course. The output of the project should involve a significant benefit to the company. The Student, Supervisor and Company will agree the success metric for the project as part of the topic selection process.

Examples of success metrics could include: 

•the improvement of a specified performance indicator by an agreed amount. 
•the quantifiable addition of value to process or service which was the focus of the project. 
•a cost saving of the order of €30,000 which must be verified by the company, or in the case of a Small to Medium Enterprises, (SMEs, <250 employees), project savings must amount to 0.1% of annual turnover.

An example could be a kanban system that could result in cost savings through inventory reduction to the value of €50,000, or an increase in machine efficiency by 5%, or a reduction process cycle time by 10%.

The University of Limerick and several leading Irish companies designed this course to meet the standards of a black belt. While there is no single authority that issues black belts in Lean or Six Sigma the industry group and university carried out extensive research in designing the course to ensure that the course met the general standards that are expected of a black belt holder. 

Black Belt projects are expected to save in the region of €50,000 for their organisation. A Black Belt holder is expected to be competent in the tools and techniques to organise and implement a project at this level. Successful participants will receive a letter from the University of Limerick stating that their capability is at black belt level.

Delivery is a hybrid of traditional distance education and online learning together with a number of on-campus tutorials (approx. 3 Saturdays per semester). In addition, there are on-line discussions moderated by a subject matter expert on elements of each module to reinforce the learning and maximise the benefit of the programme for participants.

Tutorials are held at the University of Limerick campus.

Fees for the programme are €5,250, payable in 2 equal instalments (€2625 *2).

Before you apply, you will need to gather documentation. Please visit the How to Apply page to read detailed guidelines on which documents to gather and the application fee. You will also find the application link for your chosen course on the 'How to Apply' page.

N.B. - We recommend that prospective students for any ULearning programmes visit the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. For any queries which are not addressed in the FAQ please do not hesitate to email ulearning@ul.ie or call 061 213360.

Supply Chain Management - Diploma

Course Details

Award: Diploma
Qualification: NFQ Level 8 Major Award Delivery:
Online / Distance Learning
Duration:
15 Months
Attendance:
Online
Start Date: September 2020 Enquiries:

The programme was deeloped in conjunction with industry partners to upskill current personnel who have shown the aptitude and track record of competence in supply chain operations to aspire to a degree level qualification.

The one year distance education diploma will provide education and practical application of the SCOR™ Framework concepts, enabling participating companies gain competitive advantage through the application of the principles to drive improvement with measureable results. A company-based project will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the participants' workplace. It will provide participants with the practical the tools and tecniques needed to understand Supply Chain Management within their own organisation.

September onwards for the following year and a quarter (15 months) primarily by on-line learning. 

For thos who would like to develop competence in supply chain operations and are intersted in human factors that inflluence supply chain as well as cause-effect modelling, and process improvement orientations to leverage innovative opportunities. 

A diploma/degree in any discipline from a third-level institution.
or
A NCEA National Diploma from a third-level institution 
or
Equivalent qualification. and a minimum of 3 years working within a service/manufacturing/supply chain environment.

Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be interviewed by the Programme Board to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

Successful completion of the UL Assessment of Experiential & Professional Skills module may be required by the Course Board upon reviewing a candidate´s application. The recognition of prior learning and prior experiential learning as per university policy will be applied to this course.

Semester 01: Autumn (September to December)
  Introduction to Programme
PT3001 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 6ECTS
PT3031 Teamwork Change & Cultural Diversity 6ECTS
PT3011 Plan within Supply Chains 6ECTS
   
Semester 02: Spring (January to June)
PT3021 Make within Supply Chains 6ECTS
PT3041 Sigma Improvement Methodologies 6ECTS
PT3051 Source within Supply Chains 6ECTS
PT3091 Supply Chain Project - Concept 6ECTS
  Teaching Hiatus 01 July to 31 August
   
Semester 03: Autumn (September to December)
PT3061 Deliver & Return within Supply Chain 6ECTS
PT3071 Information Systems & Decision Support 6ECTS
PT3081 Integrating Development to Production 6ECTS
PT3091 Supply Chain Project - Development 6ECTS
   

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Programme fees are €4,536, payable in instalments over 2 semesters (€2,628 *2). Students will receive a list of course materials for purchase. 

Before you apply, you will need to gather documentation. Please visit the How to Apply page to read detailed guidelines on which documents to gather and the application fee. You will also find the application link for your chosen course on the 'How to Apply' page.

N.B. - We recommend that prospective students for any ULearning programmes visit the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. For any queries which are not addressed in the FAQ please do not hesitate to email ulearning@ul.ie or call 061 213360.

Six Sigma- Specialist Diploma

Course Details

Award: Specialist Diploma
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award Delivery:
Blended (combination of on-line and on campus delivery)
Duration:
2 semesters (15 weeks each)
Attendance:
On-campus classes on three Saturdays each semester
Start Date: January 2020 Enquiries:

The Specialist Diploma will provide education and practical application to a Black Belt level in Six Sigma.The course will enable participating companies gain competitive advantage through the application of Six Sigma principles to drive improvement with measurable results. A company-based project will form a key element of the programme, ensuring the integration of the various concepts in the participants’ workplace. This project will need to result in significant cost savings for the organisation.

This programme forms part of the MSc in Strategic Quality Management Lean Sigma Systems. Those who have completed this programme may continue on to the MSc.

For those who have responsibility for quality or continuous improvement within their organisation including managers, engineers, supervisors and technicians. The programme is suited to a variety of industry sectors both in manufacturing and services, including the public sector.

Relevant primary degree (Level 8) or recognised professional qualification and 1-3 years relevant industrial experience.

In the situation where an applicant does not meet the minimum entry requirements above, an offer of a place on the course may be made in exceptional circumstances. The candidate will be required to provide a portfolio of evidence of prior qualifications in quality management together with the application of learning or competence (e.g green/black belt project reports, reflective papers or journals). Two references from appropriate signatories in the candidate’s organisation will be accepted as evidence. Candidates may be required to attend an interview prior to enrolling on the programme.

For more information about NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications), visit the NFQ website here

The programme comprises three taught modules a seminar series and a company based project.

• Problem Solving Tools & Techniques 
• Quality Science Statistics
• Advanced Quality Science Statistics 

In Company Project: 

Programme completion requires a substantial industry based project, reported in the form of management report. The expectation that the project would realise savings of at least €50,000 for the participant organisation. The project will require the application of the concepts covered in the course. The output of the project should involve a significant benefit to the company. The Student, Supervisor and Company will agree the success metric for the project as part of the topic selection process.

Examples of success metrics could include: • the improvement of a specified performance indicator by an agreed amount. 
• the quantifiable addition of value to process or service which was the focus of the project. 
• a cost saving of the order of €30,000 which must be verified by the company, or in the case of a Small to Medium Enterprises, (SMEs, <250 employees), project savings must amount to 0.1% of annual turnover. 

An example could be a kanban system that could result in cost savings through inventory reduction to the value of €50,000, or an increase in machine efficiency by 5%, or a reduction process cycle time by 10%.

The University of Limerick and several leading Irish companies designed this course to meet the standards of a black belt. While there is no single authority that issues black belts in Lean or Six Sigma the industry group and university carried out extensive research in designing the course to ensure that the course met the general standards that are expected of a black belt holder. 

Black Belt projects are expected to save in the region of €50,000 for their organisation. A Black Belt holder is expected to be competent in the tools and techniques to organise and implement a project at this level. Successful participants will receive a letter from the University of Limerick stating that their capability is at black belt level.

Delivery is a hybrid of traditional distance education and online learning together with a number of on-campus tutorials (approx. 3 Saturdays per semester). In addition, there are on-line discussions moderated by a subject matter expert on elements of each module to reinforce the learning and maximise the benefit of the programme for participants.

Tutorials are held at the University of Limerick campus.

Fees for the programme are €5,250, payable in 2 equal instalments (€2625 *2). Students will receive a list of course materials for purchase but the majority of the material is provided online.

Before you apply, you will need to gather documentation. Please visit the How to Apply page to read detailed guidelines on which documents to gather and the application fee. You will also find the application link for your chosen course on the 'How to Apply' page.

N.B. - We recommend that prospective students for any ULearning programmes visit the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page. For any queries which are not addressed in the FAQ please do not hesitate to email ulearning@ul.ie or call 061 213360.