Courses

BSQA Course Descriptions

QAS 200 Fundamentals of Quality (3)
A study of the fundamentals of Quality with an emphasis on the current international standards, planning, organization, methods and tools. The course emphasizes the works of leading international Quality theorists, especially Juran and Deming.

QAS 220 Introduction to Measurement Science (3)
Prerequisite: MAT 131
Introductory overview of the fundamentals of measurement with emphasis on application of measurement science concepts to quality management.

QAS 312 Interpretation of Technical Documentation (3) F
Prerequisite: MAT 191, QAS 200, QAS 220
Interpretation of basic engineering drawing concepts, including all related common symbolism and formatting. Emphasis on dimensions, tolerances, and configuration management. Introduction to Military and Federal Specifications/Handbooks, ANSI, IEC, and ISO documents, specifications and recommended practices issued by private organizations.

QAS 325 Technical Communications (4)
Prerequisites: ENG 111, THE 120
Technical communications, written and oral, and how they differ from non-technical writing and speech. This course emphasizes methods for the positive and unambiguous transfer of technical ideas so that they can be clearly understood by the reader or listener.

QAS 330 Statistical Quality Control and Inspection (3)
Prerequisites: MAT 131, QAS 200, QAS 220
Introduction to the application of statistical methodologies to the analysis and solution of quality and management problems (including probability concepts, control charts, and sampling). Focus will be on application of these tools to the inspection process.

QAS 331 The Manufacturing Process (3)
Prerequisite: QAS 312
Introduction to the fundamentals of manufacturing, where the conversion of raw materials and sub-assemblies into more useful entities adds value to the converted materials in the most efficient manner, using the least amount of time, money, space and manpower.

QAS 332 Electrical Metrology (3)
Prerequisites: MAT 193, PHY 132, QAS 200, QAS 220
Electrical measurement concepts, circuits and devices; applications to DC and AC measurements. Theory of coupled circuits in magnetic and capacitive environments, and electrical laboratory practices, with analysis, construction, and troubleshooting of circuits. Documentary control procedures for calibrations and other measurements.

QAS 335 Quality Auditing (3)
Prerequisite: QAS 200
The fundamental principles for preparing and planning, conducting, reporting and closing quality audits. Quality audit tools and techniques are introduced, with an emphasis on generally-accepted quality audit practices that support business performance.

QAS 340 Measurement Uncertainty (3) F
Prerequisites: MAT 131, MAT 193, QAS 200, QAS 220
Theoretical versus actual measurements. Probability and statistical concepts to define accuracy, precision, error, uncertainty, and bias. Differences between measurement accuracy and measurement error; random and systematic error; uncertainty interval; tolerance limits; accuracy ratio; relative errors; and propagation of measurement errors.

QAS 347 Dimensional Metrology (3) F
Prerequisites: PHY 132, QAS 200, QAS 220
Measurement of length, angularity, relative position, flatness, parallelism, concentricity, squareness, and threads. Lasers and optical tooling in large-scale measurements; also gauges, comparitors, and measurement machines. Measurement uncertainties pertinent to dimensional metrology; sources of error; the effect of the measurement environment.

QAS 350 Physical Metrology (3) S
Prerequisites: PHY 132
Theoretical and practical applications of measurement principles as applied to various physical properties. Measurement of pressure, mass, force, torque, temperature, humidity, flow, and rotational motion. Identifying sources of error, techniques to minimize errors, and maintaining measurement traceability.

QAS 355 Safety and Reliability (3) F
Prerequisites: MAT 131, MAT 191, QAS 200, QAS 220
Reliability, maintainability, and safety technology with practical industrial applications. Basic models; metrics; testing; methods of implementing improvements; accelerated life testing. Failure mechanisms for chemical, electrochernical, electronics, e1ectro-mechanical and opto-electronics systems. Introduction to software reliability. Focus on qualification for ISO 9000.

QAS 360 Lean Manufacturing (3)
Introduces the student to the strategies and practices of lean production, as well as with areas of waste, inter-relationships among the various components of a system, theories of leadership and management of people, and process variation.

QAS 427 Quality Improvement (3) F
Prerequisites: QAS 330 only, for students in Measurement Science Option; QAS 330 and QAS 335 for students in regular program.
Quality factors involving customer satisfaction, demonstrating that meeting quality needs requires an active role by all the major sectors of an organization. Operational and statistical techniques most often used to monitor, control, and improve the quality of products or services.

QAS 445 Systems Failure Analysis (3) F
Prerequisite: QAS 340
Integrates Quality, Manufacturing and Procurement efforts to identify and eliminate the root causes of failures in systems, sub-systems and components, emphasizing fault tree and Pareto analyses. Hardware and statistical analysis, design of experiments, and technical data package evaluations.

QAS 450 Value Based Quality (3) S
Prerequisites: QAS 200, QAS 220, and consent of instructor.
Uses value received, as perceived by the customer, as the primary measure of quality in the development of cohesive enterprise-wide quality management systems. Course work will define a systematic approach to establishing the correct things to do and will establish a measurement-based process for managing the enterprise to do them correctly.

QAS 496 Internship in Quality Assurance (3) F
Prerequisites: Completion of all 300 level courses in the major.
Assignment in an off-campus internship with a cooperating organization, to be selected in consultation with the program coordinator. Emphasis on the role of professionalism and ethics in the life of the Quality professional.

QAS 498 Directed Research in Quality Assurance (3) F
Prerequisites: Completion of all 300 level courses in the major. To be selected only upon recommendation of a faculty advisor, in instances where it is not desirable for the student to enroll in QAS 496, Internship in Quality Assurance.
Directed research on one or more topics to be selected in consultation with the program coordinator. Emphasis on the role of professionalism and ethics in the life of the Quality professional.

QAS 499 Senior Project (3) S
Prerequisite: QAS 496 or QAS 498
A capstone project focusing on the role of leadership in relation to professionalism and ethical standards in the field of Quality.

Note: the following courses are not offered online. They must be taken on campus at CSUDH or online at a regionally accredited college or university.

BIO 120 Principles of Biology I (4)
Prerequisite: CHE 110 or concurrent enrollment
Introduction to basic biological concepts including structure, organization and function of life at the cellular and molecular levels and the biology of monerans and plants in terms of their structure and function. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

CHE 110 General Chemistry I (5)
Prerequisites: CHE 108 or high school chemistry and satisfactory performance on the General Chemistry Placement test 
Chemical stoichiometry, atomic structure, periodic table, quantum theory, gases, thermochemistry, ionic bonding, Lewis formulas, liquids, solids, solutions. Four hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

MAT 131 Elementary Statistics and Probability (3)
Prerequisite: Fulfillment of ELM requirement
A practical course in probability and statistics including such topics as the binomial and normal distributions, confidence intervals, t, F, and chi-square tests, linear regression and correlation, and conditional probability.

MAT 191 Calculus I (4)
Prerequisite: MAT 153 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better and fulfillment of ELM requirement
Differential and integral calculus of one variable: limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, integration, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, applications of the integral, exponential and logarithmic functions. Elements of geometry as needed to develop the calculus.

MAT 193 Calculus II (4) (Measurement Science option only)
Prerequisite: MAT 191 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better
Differentiation and integration of trigonometric functions, techniques of integration, conic sections, polar coordinates, parametric equations, solid analytic geometry.

PHY 120 Elements of Physics I (4)
Prerequisite: High school or college algebra
Motion, energy, waves and heat treated from a non-calculus point of view. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

PHY 122 Elements of Physics II (4)
Prerequisite: PHY 120
Electricity, magnetism and light. Nuclear radiation. Quantum phenomena. Atomic structure. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

PHY 130 General Physics I (5) (Measurement Science option only)
Prerequisite: MAT 191 or concurrent enrollment
Kinematics and dynamics of particles, rigid bodies and fluids. Kinetic theory, temperature and thermodynamics. Calculus-based course. Four hours of
lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.

PHY 132 General Physics II (5) (Measurement Science option only)
Prerequisites: MAT 193 or concurrent enrollment, and PHY 130
Waves, light, electricity and magnetism. Four hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week.