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Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis

Key facts

Sorry, this course was heavily oversubscribed and cannot take any more students into this class. Please use the course enquiry form to be kept informed of future runs of this course or to join the waiting list.

TypesOxford Qualification - Part-time
Professional Development
Short Courses
LocationOxford
AddressRewley House
1 Wellington Square
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 2JA. Map
DatesMon 23 to Fri 27 Nov 2015
Subject area(s)Health
CATS points20
FeesFrom £1690.00
Application statusCourse full
Course codeO15C288B9Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email ssp@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44(0)1865 286954.

Overview

The Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis course introduces the principles and core methodology of industrial quality improvement methods with special reference to those which may be applicable to surgical services in hospitals. The aim is to equip students to understand how they may be able to improve the quality, reliability and safety of services and then sustain excellence of performance in their own practice through the application of tried and tested methods to achieve system change and the engagement of staff.

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Description

The Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis course provides the opportunity to learn more about and discuss the following topics:

  • History and principles of industrial quality improvement
  • Systems theory
  • Measurement of process and outcome
  • Process mapping and visibility
  • The PDCA cycle
  • Workforce engagement
  • "Lean thinking"
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Continuous performance monitoring methods
  • Six Sigma
  • Human/technology interactions
  • Predictive and analytical methods for identifying risk in systems
  • Incident reporting systems.

Offered by Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and the Department for Continuing Educations CPD Centre, the taught week is led by Dr Lauren Morgan, Human Factors Research Associate, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford. It features face-to-face lectures and tutorials in small groups.

Class sizes are kept small to allow full interaction with tutors. Study before and after the course is supported by a rich virtual learning environment.

Previous guest speakers have included:

  • Alastair Nicholson, Emeritus Professor of Operations and Technology Management, London Business School
  • Steve New, Lecturer in Operations Management, Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • Jaideep Pandit, Supernumerary Fellow in Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Eleanor Robertson, Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford
  • Stephen Todd, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • Paul Walley, Senior Lecturer, Department of Business and Management, Oxford Brookes University

Programme details

This course can be taken:

Venue

This course will be held at the Department for Continuing Education, Ewert House, Oxford.

Staff

 

Dr Lauren Morgan

Role: Deputy Course Director and Tutor

Deputy Course Director, Surgical Science and Practice Programme
Human Factors Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Surgical...more

Certification

Sample certificate PDF document.

Short course participants who do not wish to undertake the assessed work required for academic credit but who do satisfy the course attendance requirements will receive a certificate of attendance. The sample above is an illustration only, and the wording will reflect the course and dates attended.

Those successfully completing the course for credit can request a CATS point transcript.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on submission of a set written assignment, not exceeding 4,000 words. The assessment is only undertaken by those taking the course for academic credit.

Academic credit

Those wishing to may apply to take the course with accreditation. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants attending at least 75% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS-equivalent points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.

IT requirements

This course uses the Departments online assignment submission system and online courseware. In order to participate in the course, and to prepare and submit your course assignments you will need access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification. Students of this course may use the student computing facilities provided in Departmental buildings.

Accommodation

Rewley House Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

Payment

The course fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course materials
  • Refreshments and a three course lunch on each day of the course
  • Access to the following University of Oxford libraries and services:
    • Radcliffe Science Library
    • Rewley House Continuing Education Library
    • Bodleian Libraries e-Resources
  • Access to facilities from the Department of Continuing Education, including:
    • The Graduate School
    • WebLearn virtual learning environment
    • Wi-fi access through Oxford Wireless LAN (OWL).

Scholarships

Potential sources of funding for courses in Surgical Science and Practice.

Details of funding opportunities including grants, bursaries and scholarships are available on our sources of funding page.

Fee options

Programme Fee
Students enrolled on the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice: £1690.00
Stand-alone short course: £1970.00

Apply for this course

We strongly recommend that you download and save files before completing to ensure that all your changes are saved.

This course requires you to complete and submit the application form below and a copy of your CV. If you are applying to take this course for academic credit you will also need to complete section two of the reference form and forward it to your referee for completion. Please note that if you are not applying to take the course for academic credit then you do not need to submit a reference.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes before completing the application form, as any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.

Applications deadline: 6 November 2015

Places on the course are limited, so early application is strongly recommended. Once we have received your completed application it will be considered by the admissions panel.

This course is part of the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice. If you would like to apply for the MSc in Surgical Science and Practice please visit the programme page.

Sorry, this course was heavily oversubscribed and cannot take any more students into this class. Please use the course enquiry form to be kept informed of future runs of this course or to join the waiting list.


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