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This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. It will lead to an advanced qualification that will support your practical industry knowledge and experience.

Our MSc Strategic Quality Management has been adopted by Hewlett Packard (HP) since 2010 to build on its Lean Sigma Black Belt training for specially selected staff. It provides an academic dimension which encourages strategic thinking and critical awareness leading to more effective and sustainable improvement solutions. HP has reported significant benefits and major financial returns. This annual arrangement has also benefited the University with current practice within the technology sector feeding into the course.

What will I experience?

You will be introduced to a broad range of current theory and best practices covering operational, functional and strategic quality management. Critical thinking and self-directed study are important aspects of working at postgraduate level and the programme includes practical ways to deepen existing skills, which can be applied in both academic and business settings.

The course provides you with a deep understanding of quality and its role in the organisation together with techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic vision for success. It will also help you in the effective implementation of policies to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement. You will be working with academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links with industry.

If you are studying by distance learning resources for the course are available via the university’s intranet online learning system – you will need a fast, reliable Internet connection. To facilitate your study, you will be able to join in web-based interactive sessions with lecturers and other students and our University Library has extensive online resources that can be accessed via the internet at any time.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course provides you with quality, organisational and people management skills, and techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic visions for success. It will also enable you to make an effective contribution to the implementation of policies in order to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.

Our graduates are in employment in quality management roles, operations management, training and development, and auditing and business process improvement.

Portsmouth Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM),) and the British Quality Foundation (BQF). On completion of the course, students are able to use their MSc qualification as part of their portfolio of evidence to apply for individual membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Module Details

This well-established course comprises four units followed by a dissertation:

Business Transformation through Quality Management introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and Organisational Behaviour, focusing on the application of these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change.

Quantitative and Research Methods evaluates concepts of quantitative methods and the application of specialist statistics to aid decision-making within organisations.

Business Operations – the Quality Management Perspective will give you knowledge of business systems for quality planning, quality standards and the benefits accruing from integrated management systems and their application in the workplace to generate organisational efficiencies. It shows you how tools such as SERVQUAL, FMEA, QFD and Benchmarking can help evaluate how an organisation is performing against their strategic vision and goals.

Strategic Organisational Excellence looks at the links between concepts of excellence (as used by EFQM and other excellence models) and their use in the strategic management of an organisation. It explores issues raised by variations in culture and sector, both within the organisation and in its relationships with its stakeholders. It will also introduce you to Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality in the Supply Chain.

The Dissertation provides the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to identify, design, plan and undertake research and effectively communicate your findings in an individual research project. Your dissertation will focus on a specific quality management issue of your choice, which may relate to a work situation. You will receive one to one supervision during the dissertation.

Programme Assessment

The course uses a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and work based assignments. Classes are also interactive with the use of case studies and invited speakers. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) further supports student study by hosting a range of activities and resources online. There will be staff-led online tutorials with other students for distance learning. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from University Tutors.

Performance in all units is assessed by means of coursework. The assessment comprises a mixture of individual and group work assessments, case study analyses and reports, essays and presentations. Individual and generic feedback is provided for all assessments.

Student Destinations

The aim of this course is to enable you to improve performance at a professional and organisational level. In turn, this should boost your own career prospects by helping you to take the next step up the managerial ladder.

Our previous graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of roles in the Public and Private sectors including quality manager/director, quality engineer, quality adviser, quality analyst, quality consultant, quality environmental and health and safety manager, amongst others.

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for Associate and Practitioner membership of the Chartered Quality Institute. You also may qualify for Chartered Quality Professional status through the qualification route, subject to satisfying the work experience criteria - at least five years' quality management or systems experience, two of which should be in a managerial or supervisory capacity (including the management of people, processes or systems).

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Designed to focus on the delivery of sustainable, measurable improvements in quality, the MSc Quality Improvement is suitable for a multi-professional audience. Read more
Designed to focus on the delivery of sustainable, measurable improvements in quality, the MSc Quality Improvement is suitable for a multi-professional audience. It will enable participants to develop an understanding of the science and art of improvement and its application in their organisation.

To ensure that participants have access to the expertise to support them in the development of their own theoretical and practical knowledge of quality improvement approaches, the programme has been developed in partnership between the University of Dundee and the Tayside Centre for Organisational Effectiveness (TCOE).

The programme is supported by a faculty of academic and experienced improvement and organisational development practitioners from NHS Fife and NHS Tayside. This collective expertise ensures an exceptional student experience.

The multi-professional ethos of quality improvement is reflected in the development and delivery of the programme across the College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing and the School of Education, Social Work & Community Education.

Why study Quality Improvement at Dundee?

The challenge to deliver safe and effective care whilst maximising the utilisation of resources remains a continuous challenge for all practitioners involved in health care both nationally and internationally. The six dimensions of quality are often referred to as safety, effectiveness, patient-centred, timeliness, efficiency and equity. Our course will explore all of these aspects.

On completion of this programme, you will be equipped to influence and lead quality improvements in practice, making a real difference in your place of work.

What's so good about studying Quality Improvement at Dundee?

Here in Scotland, the NHS Scotland Healthcare Quality Strategy places significant emphasis on the provision of "high quality, person-centred, clinically effective and safe health care services".

The programme utilises professional expertise across the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing and the School of Education, Social Work and Community Education to enable you to develop sound theoretical knowledge regarding the principles and processes of quality improvement.

Participation in the development and planning of the programme has also been greatly assisted by Healthcare Improvement Advisers from Tayside Centre for Organisational Effectiveness and the Quality and Clinical Governance Lead from NHS Fife.

Who should study this course?

The course is aimed at those who are working in a health or social care organisation and who have completed an undergraduate degree.
Students undertaking this programme should be engaged in promoting quality improvement in some capacity across a range of settings.

How you will be taught

Primarily this is a part-time distance learning programme (minimum of three years) enabling participation from national and international students. This programme can be delivered entirely in a distance learning format, depending on choice of modules. All core modules are delivered in distance learning format. Some option modules are delivered in a blended approach for local students. We deliver the online programme using the Blackboard Learning System, the University's virtual learning environment (also referred to as MyDundee). The programme is intended to be interactive and supportive, giving you the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and experience and to discuss and debate issues. Access to journal articles will be available as part of the resource provided for each module.

What you will study

Module information:
Each module attracts 30 credit points at SCQF level 11:

Quality Improvement in Action: (distance learning)
This module gives the student the opportunity to critically evaluate the theoretical background to the concept of improvement science and to develop critical awareness .of quality improvement principles, approaches and application to service delivery.

Leadership, Change and Organisational Development: (distance learning)
This module introduces students to the concept of leadership for change. It examines key issues in the improvement of service delivery with a focus on effective leadership of services undergoing change. Optional workshops will be available for local participants.

Developing Research and Evaluation Skills: (distance learning)
This module enables the student to develop their knowledge of a variety of research and evaluation approaches and develop a rigorous proposal which they can then implement at dissertation stage.

Option modules:
Students are required to complete an option module from the following portfolio:

Measuring Quality
Coaching in a Systemic Context
Practice Development: Independent Study

(*Candidates will be required to take both of these 15 credit modules to gain the necessary 30 credit points.)

Dissertation (Quality Improvement):
(distance learning)
Students are also required to complete a double-weighted dissertation/project attracting 60 credit points. The dissertation/project provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate, under supervision, their academic, organisational and technical skills in the formulation, execution and writing-up of a research project investigating a topic pertaining to quality improvement.

Pathways:
There are three exit points to this programme. Modules required for each are listed below:

Postgraduate Certificate in Quality Improvement (PGCert)
Quality Improvement in Action
Leadership, Change and Organisational Culture.

Postgraduate Diploma in Quality Improvement (PGDip)
Quality Improvement in Action
Leadership, Change and Organisational Culture
Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
One option module (30 credit points)

Masters in Quality Improvement (MSc)
Quality Improvement in Action
Leadership, Change and Organisational Culture
Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
One option module (30 credit points)
Dissertation

How you will be assessed

For 30 credit modules, assessment will normally be via one written piece of work of 4,500 words or equivalent to this
For 15 credit modules, assessment will normally be via one written piece of work of 2,500 words or equivalent to this
At dissertation stage, students are required to complete a 20,000 word study

Careers

This new programme is designed for a wide range of potential participants who are working in a culture of continuous improvement, including health and social care professionals, policy planners and those in managerial roles.

The programme will enable candidates to gain a wider understanding of quality improvement and the many tools and techniques which can be used to continually improve service provision.

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This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. It will lead to an advanced qualification that will support your practical industry knowledge and experience.

The course can be studied through campus-based or distance learning and is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters.

What will I experience?

You will be introduced to a broad range of current theory and best practices covering operational, functional and strategic quality management. Critical thinking and self-directed study are important aspects of working at postgraduate level and the programme includes practical ways to deepen existing skills which can be applied in both academic and business settings.

You will be working with academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links with industry.

For distance learning, resources for the course are available through the University’s online learning system – you will need a fast, reliable internet connection. To facilitate your study, you will join in web-based interactive sessions with lecturers and other students and our University Library has extensive online resources that can be accessed online at any time.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course provides you with a deep understanding of quality and its role in the organisation together with techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation's stategic vision for success. It will also help you in the effective implementation of policies in order to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.

Our graduates are in employment in quality management roles, operations management, training and development, and auditing and business process improvement.

Portsmouth Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM),) and the British Quality Foundation (BQF). On completion of the course, students are able to use their qualification as part of their portfolio of evidence to apply for individual membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Module Details

Our course is very flexible. You can study part-time in Portsmouth in a classroom environment or by distance learning, supported by thorough online resources. For study by distance learning, you can complete the postgraduate certificate in one year part time distance learning and the Master’s in a little over two years.

This is a well-established course. The Master’s comprises four units followed by a dissertation; the Postgraduate Certificate comprises two units:

Business Transformation through Quality Management introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and Organisational Behaviour, focusing on the application of these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change.

Business Operations – the Quality Management Perspective will give you knowledge of business systems for quality planning, quality standards and the benefits accruing from integrated management systems and their application in the workplace to generate organisational efficiencies. It shows you how tools such as SERVQUAL, FMEA, QFD and Benchmarking can help evaluate how an organisation is performing against their strategic vision and goals.

Programme Assessment

The course uses a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and work based assignments. Classes are interactive with the use of case studies and invited speakers. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) further supports student study by hosting a range of activities and resources. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from University Tutors.

For distance learning, you will benefit from comprehensive learning materials including online video, audio and written resources. There will also be staff-led online tutorials with other distance learning students. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from university tutors.

Performance in all units is assessed by means of coursework. The assessment comprises a mixture of individual assessments such as case study analysis and reports and essays. Individual and generic feedback is provided for all assessments.

Student Destinations

The aim of this course is to enable you to improve performance at a professional and organisational level. In turn, this should boost your own career prospects by helping you to take the next step up the managerial ladder.

Our previous graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of roles in the Public and Private sectors including quality manager/director, quality engineer, quality adviser, quality analyst, quality consultant, quality environmental and health and safety manager, amongst others.

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for Associate and Practitioner membership of the Chartered Quality Institute. You also may qualify for Chartered Quality Professional status through the qualification route, subject to satisfying the work experience criteria - at least five years' quality management or systems experience, two of which should be in a managerial or supervisory capacity (including the management of people, processes or systems).

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This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. It will lead to an advanced qualification that will support your practical industry knowledge and experience.

The course can be studied through campus-based or distance learning and is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma and a Masters.

What will I experience?

You will be introduced to a broad range of current theory and best practices covering operational, functional and strategic quality management. Critical thinking and self-directed study are important aspects of working at postgraduate level and the programme includes practical ways to deepen existing skills which can be applied in both academic and business settings.

You will be working with academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links with industry.

For distance learning, resources for the course are available through the University’s online learning system – you will need a fast, reliable internet connection. To facilitate your study, you will join in web-based interactive sessions with lecturers and other students and our University Library has extensive online resources that can be accessed online at any time.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course provides you with a deep understanding of quality and its role in the organisation together with techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation's stategic vision for success. It will also help you in the effective implementation of policies in order to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.

Our graduates are in employment in quality management roles, operations management, training and development, and auditing and business process improvement.

Portsmouth Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM),) and the British Quality Foundation (BQF). On completion of the course, students are able to use their qualification as part of their portfolio of evidence to apply for individual membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Module Details

Our course is very flexible. You can study part-time in Portsmouth in a classroom environment or by distance learning, supported by thorough online resources. For study by distance learning, you can complete the postgraduate certificate in one year part time distance learning and the Master’s in a little over two years.

This is a well-established course. The Master’s comprises four units followed by a dissertation; the Postgraduate Certificate comprises two units:

Business Transformation through Quality Management introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and Organisational Behaviour, focusing on the application of these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change.

Business Operations – the Quality Management Perspective will give you knowledge of business systems for quality planning, quality standards and the benefits accruing from integrated management systems and their application in the workplace to generate organisational efficiencies. It shows you how tools such as SERVQUAL, FMEA, QFD and Benchmarking can help evaluate how an organisation is performing against their strategic vision and goals.

Programme Assessment

The course uses a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and work based assignments. Classes are interactive with the use of case studies and invited speakers. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) further supports student study by hosting a range of activities and resources. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from University Tutors.

For distance learning, you will benefit from comprehensive learning materials including online video, audio and written resources. There will also be staff-led online tutorials with other distance learning students. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from university tutors.

Performance in all units is assessed by means of coursework. The assessment comprises a mixture of individual assessments such as case study analysis and reports and essays. Individual and generic feedback is provided for all assessments.

Student Destinations

The aim of this course is to enable you to improve performance at a professional and organisational level. In turn, this should boost your own career prospects by helping you to take the next step up the managerial ladder.

Our previous graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of roles in the Public and Private sectors including quality manager/director, quality engineer, quality adviser, quality analyst, quality consultant, quality environmental and health and safety manager, amongst others.

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for Associate and Practitioner membership of the Chartered Quality Institute. You also may qualify for Chartered Quality Professional status through the qualification route, subject to satisfying the work experience criteria - at least five years' quality management or systems experience, two of which should be in a managerial or supervisory capacity (including the management of people, processes or systems).

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This programme will help broaden your horizons and give your studies a global outlook. The dual award, which offers practical experience, builds on the Postgraduate Diploma Quality Management at UWS (see page 164) with additional study at University of Angers, France. Read more
This programme will help broaden your horizons and give your studies a global outlook. The dual award, which offers practical experience, builds on the Postgraduate Diploma Quality Management at UWS (see page 164) with additional study at University of Angers, France.

About the programme

Quality Management is the application of specialised managerial and technological skills to achieve the desired quality at a minimum cost. It also addresses strategic quality issues and leadership in establishing a total quality ethos which focuses on achieving customer satisfaction.

Our close links with commerce and industry ensure the programme reflects the latest in quality thinking and techniques, and our laboratories have industry-standard equipment. It will enhance your understanding of modern developments within the global field of quality.

This dual award programme is the same as the MSc Quality Management (see page 164) but with additional study at the University of Angers in France. Funding options are available for the period of study in France. At the end of the programme you will receive two Masters; MSc Quality Management (International) from UWS, and MSc ISMP (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Project) from University of Angers. Classes in France are taught in French but you can sit exams and assignments in English.

Your learning

MSc Quality Management (International) Postgraduate Diploma
• Operations and Project Management
• Interpersonal Skills and Change Management (10 point module)
• Research Design and Methods (10 point module)

plus one from:
• Service Quality
or
• Reliability and Experimental Design for Industry

MSc ISMP
You will also study:
• Formation Générale
• Management de projet
• Qualité Logiciel

MSc

Upon successful completion of the taught modules listed above you will undertake the MSc research project, which can be carried out within industry in Scotland or France.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates seek employment as quality or continuous improvement managers in various organisations including manufacturing, electronics, engineering, public sector and service organisations.

First-class facilities

Get the hands on experience you need to succeed. We have excellent specialist facilities which support our research students and staff. These include an advanced chemical analysis lab: with state-of-theart chemical analysis for isotopic and elemental analysis at trace concentrations using ICPMS/OES and the identification of organic compounds using LCMS; and the Spatial and Pattern Analysis (SPAR) lab: providing high specification workstations, geographical information system (GIS) software, geochemical and image processing facilities to support data management in science research.

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This programme is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in the industrial or service sector as a quality professional. Read more
This programme is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in the industrial or service sector as a quality professional.

About the programme

Exploring the application of specialised managerial and technological skills to achieve the desired quality at a minimum cost, this programme also addresses strategic quality and leadership issues focussed on achieving customer satisfaction. You will learn about the complexities and inter-relationships which exist in implementing cost effective quality management solutions to the ISO9000 series of standards and to the excellence models.

Practical experience

Opportunities exist to conduct a project within industry or with one of our European partner institutions.

Your learning

Full-time Diploma and MSc students undertake five core and two option modules over two trimesters. MSc students must also complete a significant industrial or university based dissertation over the summer.

Core modules include:
• Managing Quality
• Statistical Quality Control
• Risk Management
• Interpersonal Skills and Change Management
• Operations and Project Management

Option modules include:
• Service Quality
• Research Design and Methods
• Logistical Resources
• Reliability and Experimental Design for Industry (EDI)

MSc

Upon successful completion of the taught modules listed above you will undertake the MSc research project.
Postgraduate Certificate students who transfer to the MSc Quality Management (International) (see page 165) can study for the dual
award with the University of Angers.Upon its successful completion students are awarded MSc Quality Management (International) from UWS and Master Degree Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Project (Systems and Project Management) from University of Angers, France.

Our Careers Adviser says

Strong industry links ensure employment and placement opportunities are available for all graduates. Recent graduates work for Toyota Europe (Brussels), Amec, Raytheon, Howden and Honeywell.

Professional recognition

Students can join the Chartered Quality Institute as associate members.

Financial support

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check http://www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info.

First-class facilities

Get the hands on experience you need to succeed. We have excellent specialist facilities which support our research students and staff. These include an advanced chemical analysis lab: with state-of-theart chemical analysis for isotopic and elemental analysis at trace concentrations using ICPMS/OES and the identification of organic compounds using LCMS; and the Spatial and Pattern Analysis (SPAR) lab: providing high specification workstations, geographical information system (GIS) software, geochemical and image processing facilities to support data management in science research.

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The "Italian Food and Wine" MSc degree will focus on the understanding, management, promotion and protection of high-value food products, including wine. Read more

MSc Italian FOOD & WINE (ItF&W)

The "Italian Food and Wine" MSc degree will focus on the understanding, management, promotion and protection of high-value food products, including wine.

Programme Summary

In this MSc course, the internationally-recognised Italian food production system is analysed as a model for defining and characterising the individual elements that contribute to the unique value of food products that are inextricably linked to place (terroir) through historic, social and cultural ties. These elements also include more recent developments in technology, nutrition, food safety, diet and health, and sensory science that are at the heart of a growing international demand for terroir-related high-value foods.

The specific learning outcome is a deep understanding of the multi-faceted characteristics that distinguish these foods from others in the marketplace and that can be exploited in products’ valorisation and consumer information strategies both in the EU and international markets. The ultimate objective of this multi-disciplinary program is to train professionals who are well-versed in the complex system of producing high-value foods and wines whose quality is profoundly linked to tradition and place of origin.

Who is the MSc candidate?

This programme is open to Italian and foreign students interested in learning and implementing effective actions for the valorisation of high-quality food products and wines.

What career opportunities does the MSc provide?

Graduates will be expert in the technical and economical management, valorisation and protection of high quality agro-food products - in an export and territorial development-oriented perspective - by using the Italian system as the reference model. He/she will find employment opportunities in quality-oriented agro-food companies, in producers' organizations, and in public and private consultancy companies involved in the protection, valorisation, marketing, consulting, training and communication activities for high-quality agro-food products.
The most relevant positions concern: ii) marketing of high-quality foods and wines, on both the EU and international market; ii) design and implementation of promotion and protection strategies for these products; iii) management of producers' organizations; iv) 'off-trade' and 'on-trade' buying activities, mainly in the international market; v) information on high-quality foods and wines management; vi) planning and management of territorial development strategies based on 'terroir-related' quality agro-food products.

How is the programme organised?

During the two-years MSc course students choose 12 course units – according to their individual background and interest - among the following:

Plant biodiversity and food
Animal biodiversity and food
Quality, processing and sensorial analysis of Italian food
Quality, processing and sensorial analysis of Italian wine
Food microbiology and quality
Food safety and hygiene
Food traceability for food quality
Food, wine and nutrition

Value adding quality schemes and consumer demand
Food and Wine-based territorial valorization and rural development
Quality-oriented Food and Wine management and governance

Consumer behavior
Food, wine and society
Food and Wine history and anthropology
Food and wine: perspectives from abroad

Foreign language (Italian or English)

Teaching includes lectures, laboratory and field activities, practical exercises, and seminars by outside experts that feature a rich variety of relevant case studies of Italian foods and wines. Opportunities for intensive tutoring and for master thesis-related stages of at least six months duration will be available with outstanding companies in this sector of the food industry or with other relevant organisations in the private or public sphere.

Visit the MSc “Italian food and wine” page on the Università di Padova web-site (http://www.unipd.it/en/italian-food-and-wine) for more details.

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The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is a full time course which aims to equip you for a career as a scientist in medicine. You will be given the basic knowledge of the subject area and some limited training. Read more
The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is a full time course which aims to equip you for a career as a scientist in medicine. You will be given the basic knowledge of the subject area and some limited training. The course consists of an intense program of lectures and workshops, followed by a short project and dissertation. Extensive use is made of the electronic learning environment "Blackboard" as used by NUI Galway. The course has been accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (UK).

Syllabus Outline. (with ECTS weighting)
Human Gross Anatomy (5 ECTS)
The cell, basic tissues, nervous system, nerves and muscle, bone and cartilage, blood, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, nutrition, genital system, urinary system, eye and vision, ear, hearing and balance, upper limb – hand, lower limb – foot, back and vertebral column, embryology, teratology, anthropometrics; static and dynamic anthropometrics data, anthropometric dimensions, clearance and reach and range of movement, method of limits, mathematics modelling.

Human Body Function (5 ECTS)
Biological Molecules and their functions. Body composition. Cell physiology. Cell membranes and membrane transport. Cell electrical potentials. Nerve function – nerve conduction, nerve synapses. Skeletal muscle function – neuromuscular junction, muscle excitation, muscle contraction, energy considerations. Blood and blood cells – blood groups, blood clotting. Immune system. Autonomous nervous system. Cardiovascular system – electrical and mechanical activity of the heart. – the peripheral circulation. Respiratory system- how the lungs work. Renal system – how the kidneys work. Digestive system. Endocrine system – how hormones work. Central nervous system and brain function.

Occupational Hygiene (5 ECTS)
Historical development of Occupational Hygiene, Safety and Health at Work Act. Hazards to Health, Surveys, Noise and Vibrations, Ionizing radiations, Non-Ionizing Radiations, Thermal Environments, Chemical hazards, Airborne Monitoring, Control of Contaminants, Ventilation, Management of Occupational Hygiene.

Medical Informatics (5 ECTS)
Bio statistics, Distributions, Hypothesis testing. Chi-square, Mann-Whitney, T-tests, ANOVA, regression. Critical Appraisal of Literature, screening and audit. Patient and Medical records, Coding, Hospital Information Systems, Decision support systems. Ethical consideration in Research.
Practicals: SPSS. Appraisal exercises.

Clinical Instrumentation (6 ECTS)
Biofluid Mechanics: Theory: Pressures in the Body, Fluid Dynamics, Viscous Flow, Elastic Walls, Instrumentation Examples: Respiratory Function Testing, Pressure Measurements, Blood Flow measurements. Physics of the Senses: Theory: Cutaneous and Chemical sensors, Audition, Vision, Psychophysics; Instrumentation Examples: Evoked responses, Audiology, Ophthalmology instrumentation, Physiological Signals: Theory Electrodes, Bioelectric Amplifiers, Transducers, Electrophysiology Instrumentation.

Medical Imaging (10 ECTS)
Theory of Image Formation including Fourier Transforms and Reconstruction from Projections (radon transform). Modulation transfer Function, Detective Quantum Efficiency.
X-ray imaging: Interaction of x-rays with matter, X-ray generation, Projection images, Scatter, Digital Radiography, CT – Imaging. Fundamentals of Image Processing.
Ultrasound: Physics of Ultrasound, Image formation, Doppler scanning, hazards of Ultrasound.
Nuclear Medicine : Overview of isotopes, generation of Isotopes, Anger Cameras, SPECT Imaging, Positron Emitters and generation, PET Imaging, Clinical aspects of Planar, SPECT and PET Imaging with isotopes.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging : Magnetization, Resonance, Relaxation, Contrast in MR Imaging, Image formation, Image sequences, their appearances and clinical uses, Safety in MR.

Radiation Fundamentals (5 ECTS)
Review of Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Radiation from charged particles. X-ray production and quality. Attenuation of Photon Beams in Matter. Interaction of Photons with Matter. Interaction of Charged Particles with matter. Introduction to Monte Carlo techniques. Concept to Dosimetry. Cavity Theory. Radiation Detectors. Practical aspects of Ionization chambers

The Physics of Radiation Therapy (10 ECTS)
The interaction of single beams of X and gamma rays with a scattering medium. Treatment planning with single photon beams. Treatment planning for combinations of photon beams. Radiotherapy with particle beams: electrons, pions, neutrons, heavy charged particles. Special Techniques in Radiotherapy. Equipment for external Radiotherapy. Relative dosimetry techniques. Dosimetry using sealed sources. Brachytherapy. Dosimetry of radio-isotopes.

Workshops / Practicals
Hospital & Radiation Safety [11 ECTS]
Workshop in Risk and Safety.
Concepts of Risk and Safety. Legal Aspects. Fundamental concepts in Risk Assessment and Human Factor Engineering. Risk and Safety management of complex systems with examples from ICU and Radiotherapy. Accidents in Radiotherapy and how to avoid them. Principles of Electrical Safety, Electrical Safety Testing, Non-ionizing Radiation Safety, including UV and laser safety.
- NUIG Radiation Safety Course.
Course for Radiation Safety Officer.
- Advanced Radiation Safety
Concepts of Radiation Protection in Medical Practice, Regulations. Patient Dosimetry. Shielding design in Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy.
- Medical Imaging Workshop
Operation of imaging systems. Calibration and Quality Assurance of General
radiography, fluoroscopy systems, ultrasound scanners, CT-scanners and MR scanners. Radiopharmacy and Gamma Cameras Quality Control.

Research Project [28 ECTS]
A limited research project will be undertaken in a medical physics area. Duration of this will be 4 months full time

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The European Master's in System Dynamics is the first international Master's programme in System Dynamics in Europe. It has been built on the strengths of four leading universities. Read more

Overview

The European Master's in System Dynamics is the first international Master's programme in System Dynamics in Europe. It has been built on the strengths of four leading universities: the University of Bergen, New University of Lisbon, University of Palermo and Radboud University. The programme has been specifically designed for students who are interested in learning how to initiate strategic change in organisations by using computer simulation models.

Goals & expectations

Our goal is to teach you everything you need to know when starting an international career in strategic modeling with System Dynamics. After you have finished our Master's Programme, you will know how to build a System Dynamics model, how to apply it to a variety of complex problems in real life and how to facilitate the model-building process with the client in such a way that not only can a high-quality model be built, but what is equally important, that a strategic change can be achieved and policies can be implemented.

Partner universities:

University of Bergen, Norway
University of Palermo, Italy
New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Radboud University, The Netherlands

Multiple Master's degrees:

Master of Philosophy in System Dynamics
Master of Philosophy in System Dynamics
Master of Science in System Dynamics
Master of Science in Business Administration

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The MSc in Digital Systems Engineering is a one-year full-time taught course that makes extensive use of the knowledge and expertise from our well established Intelligent Systems and Nano-Science Research Group. Read more
The MSc in Digital Systems Engineering is a one-year full-time taught course that makes extensive use of the knowledge and expertise from our well established Intelligent Systems and Nano-Science Research Group.

It is intended to provide students with a good theoretical background and solid hands-on experience of the techniques used in modern digital systems design. Using FPGAs as a hardware platform and VHDL as a design language, the programme provides students with:
-A balanced picture of state-of-the-art digital systems design methods
-A sound theoretical and practical knowledge of digital devices, tools, data networks and operating systems
-The ability to learn new techniques to keep up-to-date with new developments in an industrial and/or research setting
-Experience of the use of industry-standard tools to make them attractive candidates for prospective employers in the field
-Experience of working within a group and of the important management skills required by industry
-Hands-on experience of the different stages of the design of a modern digital system, which will culminate in the construction of a complex device (for example, an FPGA-based MP3 player)

Course Content

The course aims to provide a broad-based introduction to state-of-the-art digital system design techniques and to provide a solid grounding in both theory and practice. It is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in digital electronic industry and research.

[[Group Project
The aim of this substantial group project is to immerse the students in a life-like scenario of a company developing digital systems. The project will involve the design, construction and implementation of a complete FPGA-based digital system, providing students with practical experience of project management and team skills. The system will include both software (such as human-computer interface, low-level programming) and hardware (such as FPGA, A/D converters, communication interfaces) components. The project will culminate in the design and realisation of a printed circuit board hosting a FPGA interfaced to a variety of peripherals. Communication links allowing connection to a PC will enable the creation of a diverse range of multimedia, diagnostic or communication systems. Furthermore, at the end of the project, students will keep the boards they have designed, providing them with a complete FPGA development system, allowing them to further investigate digital systems design.

The project preparation will begin towards the end of the Autumn term when groups will be given a Quality Assurance manual, that will prepare the students to establish effective company policies, procedures and roles for group members, introducing the Quality Assurance processes applied to medium to large projects in industry.

In the Autumn term, a module on 'C Programming' will hone the students' skills required to effectively carry out the software components of the project. The module will provide a practical introduction to writing and running C programs as an example of a procedural programming language.

In the Spring term, the actual project will get under way. Groups of 4-6 students will be formed, assigned a target system to design, and provided with a budget. In this term, the students will prepare an implementation plan that will be followed for the remainder of the project. Detailed system specifications will be established and the budget allocated, taking into account the cost of components and off-the-shelf IP modules.

In the Summer term, the project will continue with the pre-implementation phase. Students will design a PCB with the components (FPGA, communication interfaces, displays, memories, etc.) defined in the system specifications. The design will be sent to fabrication and returned by the end of term. Along with the PCB design, the students will develop a block-level algorithmic description of the system to be implemented, defining the role of each component within the system and beginning the development of the software components of the system.

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NHS staff from all professions will need to acquire an understanding of analytic tools and techniques that help determine the system deficiencies and approaches to ensuring issues identified can be addressed. Read more
NHS staff from all professions will need to acquire an understanding of analytic tools and techniques that help determine the system deficiencies and approaches to ensuring issues identified can be addressed.

The Improving Safety and Quality in Health Care module will enable you to reflect on the challenges of improving healthcare delivery and specifically enhancing patient safety. The module incorporates the latest thinking relating to improvement models and the contribution of human factors to patient safety.

Module content

Day 1
-Understanding the concept of variation in healthcare, how it can be identified and measured.
-Reflect upon the link between variation in delivery systems and overall system reliability and resilience.
-Explore the connection between variation, system performance and patient safety.

Day 2
-Explore models of improvement, the strengths and weaknesses of various tools and techniques.
-Understand systems thinking from the perspective of improvement and performance.
-Analyse the difference between personal v systems failure in contributing to patient safety.

Day 3
-Measurement of system performance, specifically statistical process control, risk assurance, both qualitative and quantitative data
-Contribution of patient (user input to health system assessment).
-The potential learning from other sectors, notably the nature and contribution of safety cases to improving patient safety.

Day 4
-The nature of error/failure modes and assessment approaches.
-Contribution of human factors, performance influencing factors and organisational culture to improvement and safety.
-Engagement of staff in improvement/safety and sustainability of interventions/improvements.

Day 5
-Matching capacity and demand in healthcare.
-Learning from other industries.
-Assignment planning.

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The one year, part time Postgraduate Certificate offers an exciting opportunity for those working within clinical audit to pursue a taught postgraduate qualification. Read more

Overview

The one year, part time Postgraduate Certificate offers an exciting opportunity for those working within clinical audit to pursue a taught postgraduate qualification. The overall aims of the course is to improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical audit projects and programmes; enhance the value of clinical audit at individual, team and organisation level and to support the professional development of those working in clinical audit – whether at clinical or non-clinical level.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/medicalscienceclinicalaudit/

Course Aims

The programme will:
• explore clinical audit within wider health policy and regulatory contexts
• promote greater understanding of governance, quality, assurance and the management of risk within and between healthcare organisations
• equip students with an appreciation of system design, thereby enabling the critical review and further development of clinical audit rameworks
• develop practical skills in clinical audit
• enable participants to effectively engage and motivate others so as to bring about change and quality improvement
• actively support the development of clinical audit within the NHS (or other, health-related) organisations

The PG Certificate will normally be available part time, over one year. However, it may be possible for students to take the PG Certificate over two years, by agreement. A variety of teaching methods will be used in both the face-to-face and online elements of the course. In addition to lectures, presentations and tutor-led discussion, there will be opportunities for students to undertake group exercises as well as complete an extended project relevant to their own role.

Course Content

The PG Certificate requires successful completion of four, 15 credit modules. The modules are:
• Governance and Assurance in Healthcare
• Clinical Audit
• Managing Change and Quality Improvement
• Realising the Potential of Quality Audit

Course Content
Induction Session (including Study Skills and an Introduction to the University e-learning system)

Module One: Governance and Assurance in Healthcare
This module will enable participants to critically consider the governance requirements and regulatory frameworks which apply to healthcare organisations and within this the role and value of clinical audit as a source of assurance. The key focus will be on governance and healthcare in the NHS, although the module will draw on developments in other sectors and countries as these have influenced the requirements placed on healthcare organisations in the United Kingdom.

Core topics include:
• Understanding the NHS: Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships
• What is Governance and Why Does It Matter?
• Governance, Risk, & Assurance within the NHS
• Assuring the Quality of Care: The Pivotal Role of Clinical Audit

Module Two: Clinical Audit:
This module considers what constitutes robust clinical audit (at both strategy, programme and project level) and explores the value of clinical audit at all levels of an organisation - locating this within the wider quality framework for an organisation or team. The module also provides an opportunity for students to critically review the key stages within the clinical audit cycle, develop their skills in planning and undertaking audits and identify the key challenges involved in managing clinical audit projects and programmes.

Module Three: Managing Change and Quality Improvement:
All healthcare organisations are dependent on their staff, so how do you get the best from them? This module explores the core concepts associated with change so as to enable students to effectively manage the behavioural and organisational issues associated with audit and quality improvement programmes. The aim is for students to (i) develop strategies and actions and (ii) be able to apply a range of different tools and techniques which together enable them to contribute to the successful delivery of sustainable change across professional, functional and hierarchical boundaries.

Module Four: Realising the Potential of Quality Audit:
This module requires students to bring together the knowledge and skills from earlier in their programme of study and to purposefully apply these in a well researched, extended project. Students will be required to critically examine a self-chosen empirical issue or, preferably, a specific work-related problem and develop a related action plan.

Teaching & Assessment

The Postgraduate Certificate is assessed through coursework. This will involve completion of individual and group exercises together with submission of a formal assignment at the end of each module. There will be a choice of assignment subjects for each module and assignment titles, submission deadlines and reading lists will be supplied at the start of the course.

Further Study:
The PG Certificate in Medical Science (Clinical Audit) provides a bespoke introduction to clinical audit at postgraduate level and is a qualification in its own right. However, should students wish to continue their studies, the course has been designed to act as a precursor to further academic study at Keele University and other institutions. Students who successfully complete the PGCertificate can, for example, progress onto the Diploma or Masters in Medical Science within the Faculty of Health at Keele.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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**Accredited by the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST), the leading qualifying body for food professionals in Europe.**. Read more
**Accredited by the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST), the leading qualifying body for food professionals in Europe.**

This programme provides graduates with an insight into measures that are required to provide a supply of safe and wholesome food to consumers globally. A wide spectrum of food safety and quality management issues are addressed following the farm to fork approach.

Topics covered include: good governance and national control systems; food inspection and testing services; legislation and private standards; and management of food safety and quality within the supply chain as well as in hotels and restaurants.

Students also acquire a knowledge of the design and management of safety and quality management systems based upon risk analysis, e.g. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), ISO 9001:2008 designed to meet the requirements of national and international legislation and private standards. Students sit the Royal Society for Public Health Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing and are also given membership of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Individual courses are offered on a stand-alone basis. These are attended by professionals working in the food industry. Lectures are also delivered by experts currently working in the food sector. This gives our postgraduate students the opportunity to interact with and learn from a range of practitioners.

Students have the opportunity to apply for short placements in the food sector, which provides them with the all important experience that they need to demonstrate when applying for jobs.

The aims of the programme are:

- To prepare graduates for careers in the national and international food chain, e.g. food businesses, consultancy, research and development

- To equip graduates with the knowledge and skills that will enhance their employability

- To enrich graduates understanding of the dynamics of food safety and quality management systems and the context under which they operate at national and international levels.

Visit the website http://www.gre.ac.uk/pg/engsci/foodsaf

Food and Agricultural Sciences

The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) has an internationally-recognised academic reputation and provides taught postgraduate courses in a wonderful environment for students.

NRI provide research, consultancy, training and advisory services to underpin sustainable development, economic growth and poverty reduction. The majority of our activities focus on the harnessing of natural and human capital for the benefit of developing countries, though much of our expertise has proved to be of growing relevance to industrialised nations.

What you'll study

- Food Safety (30 credits)
- Food Safety and Quality Management (30 credits)
- Research Methods (15 credits)
- Research Project (MSc only) (60 credits)
- Two or three optional courses chosen from a range of themes running across the programme (45 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This programme provides you with an insight into measures that are required to provide a supply of safe and wholesome food to consumers globally. Read more
This programme provides you with an insight into measures that are required to provide a supply of safe and wholesome food to consumers globally. A wide spectrum of food safety and quality management issues are addressed following the farm to fork approach.

Increasing globalization of the food chain has resulted in many disputes about the safety and quality of food products. You will learn about the elements that make up an effective national food control system based on risk anlysis and acquire an understanding of the interactions between control systems and trade.

You will acquire a knowledge of the design and management of safety and quality management systems based upon risk analysis, e.g. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), ISO 9001:2008 and private standards, all designed to meet the requirements of national and international legislation. Students sit the Royal Society for Public Health Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing and are also given membership of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Individual courses are offered on a stand-alone basis. These are attended by professionals working in the food industry. Lectures are also delivered by experts currently working in the food sector. This gives our postgraduate students the opportunity to interact with and learn directly from a range of practitioners.

Students have the opportunity to apply for short placements in the food sector, which provides them with the all important experience that they can demonstrate when applying for jobs.

The aims of the programme are:

To prepare you for careers in the national and international food chain, e.g. food businesses, consultancy, research and development
To equip you with the knowledge and skills that will enhance your employability
To enrich your understanding of the dynamics of food safety and quality management systems and the context under which they operate at national and international levels.

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Who is this course for?. Recent graduates in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or Computer Science, who wish to develop their skills in the field of distributed computing systems. Read more
Who is this course for?
Recent graduates in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or Computer Science, who wish to develop their skills in the field of distributed computing systems.
Practicing engineers and computer professionals who wish to develop their knowledge in this area.
People with suitable mathematical, scientific or other engineering qualifications, usually with some relevant experience, who wish to enter this field.

Modules

Computer Networks, which aims to advance knowledge on computer networks. Topics to be covered in this module include OSI reference model, Physical and Data Link Layer Protocols, TCP/IP Networking, IPv6, Routing Protocols, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) Networks, Packet Delay and Queuing Analysis, IP Quality of Services (Integrated Service Model and Differentiated Service Model), Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP), Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), IP Multicasting, Network Application Layer Protocols such as HTTP, DNS, SNMP.

Network Computing, which focuses on principles and techniques for network computing. Topics to be covered in this module include Object-Oriented Software Engineering, Object-Oriented Programming with Java, Network Computing Models such as Client/Server Model and Peer-to-Peer Model, Socket Programming, Remote Procedure Call (RPC), Java Remote Method Invocation (RMI), Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), Web Computing Technologies (Java Servlet, Java Server Pages), Message Exchanging with XML, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), XML based Web Services (WSDL, SOAP, UDDI).

Network Security and Encryption, which introduces the fundamental theory that enables what is achievable through the use of Security Engineering to be determined, and presents the practical techniques and algorithms that are currently important for the efficient and secure use of distributed /Grid computing systems. Topics to be covered in this module include Introduction to Security Engineering, Classical Cryptography (Monoalphabetic and Polyalphabetic Ciphers, Transposition, Substitution, Linear Transformation), Computational Fundamentals of Cryptosystems (Computational Complexity and Intractability, Modular Arithmetic and Elementary Number Theory), Modern Symmetric Key Cryptography (Feistel Ciphers, DES, Triple-DES and AES),Public Key Cryptography (The Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange Algorithm, Public Key Infrastructures, X.509 Certificates, PK Systems such as RSA and Elliptic Curves), Multilevel Security (the Bell-LaPadula Security Policy Model, the Biba Model, the NRL Pump), Multilateral Security (Compartmentation and the Lattice Model, the Chinese Wall, the BMA Model), Protecting e-Commerce Systems.

Distributed Systems Architecture, which presents a comprehensive evaluation of the design philosophies, fundamental constructs, performance issues and operational principles of distributed systems architectures, covering applications, algorithms and software architecture, engineering issues and implementation technology. Topics to be covered in this module include System Architecture (Bus Systems, High Performance I/O, Memory Hierarchies, Memory Coherence and File Coherence), Distributed Database, Processor Architecture, File Services, Inter-Process Communication, Naming Services, Resource Allocation and Scheduling, Distributed System Case Studies.

Grid Middleware Technologies, which introduces the principle, concepts and practice of Grid middleware technologies, and provides a practical knowledge on developing Grid applications. Topics to be covered in this module include Parallel Computing Paradigms, Parallel Programming with MPI/PVM, Cluster Computing Principles (Condor, Sun Grid Engine), Grid Computing Middleware Components (Job Submission, Resource Management and Job Scheduling, Information Service, Grid Portal, Grid Security Infrastructure), Grid Standards (OGSA/WSRF), Grid Middleware Case Study with Globus.

Grid System Analysis and Design, which aims to analyse representative production Grid systems and gain knowledge on how to design and optimise large-scale Grid systems. Topics to be covered in this module include System Analysis Methodologies with UML, Model Construction (Process Modelling, Static Class Modelling, Dynamic Modelling, Interface Modelling), Management of Large-Scale Grid System (Portal, Concurrent Version System (CVS)/Wiki), Grid System Analysis Case Study (GridPP, LCG/EGEE), Grid System Design (Performance Consideration, Open Standards, Design Patterns, Usability Analysis), Grid System Programming Models, Testing (Unit Testing, Integration Testing, Regression Testing), Debugging, Risk Analysis, System Maintenance.

Project Management, which introduces a range of formal methods and skills necessary to equip the student to function effectively at the higher levels of project management. Covers the need for the development of project management skills in achieving practical business objectives.

Workshop involves practical work, which is an important component of the course and gives students experience with relevant techniques and tools. Assignments are of practical nature and involve laboratory work with relevant equipment, hardware and software systems, conducted in a hands-on workshop environment. Typical assignments are:
TCP/IP Network Layered Protocol Analysis
Object-Oriented Programming, Java Socket Programming
Network Security and Encryption
Java RMI Programming for Distributed Systems
Grid Programming with Globus Toolkit 4 (GT4)
Grid System Analysis/Simulation

Dissertation, which is a stimulating and challenging part of the MSc programme. It provides the opportunity to apply the knowledge learnt in the taught part of the programme and to specialise in one aspect, developing students’ deep understanding and expertise in Distributed Systems related area of their choice. Students may carry out their projects wholly within the University, but industrial based projects are encouraged.

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