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Program

Edition
20th Edition
Credits
20 ECTS (120 teaching hours)
Modality
Face-to-face
Language of instruction
Spanish
Fee
4.300 €
Notes payment of enrolment fee and 0.7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Start date: February 2020
End date: September 2020
Timetable
Friday: 16:00 to 21:30
Saturday: 09:30 to 14:00
Taught at
ETSEIB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 647
Barcelona
Why this programme?
Six Sigma is a strategy of improvement, a tool designed to make companies more efficient and competitive. It is based on an organization with clearly defined responsibilities, a monitoring process of the stages, which guarantees that nothing important will be left aside and the use of data (conveniently gathered and processed) for decision-making.

This course targets professionals wishing to improve their skills to drive improvement projects. The profile of participants is very diverse, with very different experiences. The point in common is that they have all been involved in improving the processes and activities in their companies. However, quality control using Lean Six Sigma tools can be used for a wide range of disciplines. In this sense we have trained engineers, pharmacists, biologists and psychologists among others. Managing quality is a crosscutting issue and can be done in industrial processes as well as in the service sector.

Among participants we may find people who have been working on borderline issues dealing with quality, production, customer service, laboratories or purchases.

Aims
  • Identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Leading and assessing teams working on improvement projects with a high impact.
  • Identifying which situations are convenient to apply each of the available techniques successfully.
  • Training new trainers. Spreading and teaching the concepts, attitudes and tools learnt during the course.
Who is it for?
  • Professionals who wish to increase their level of training in order to lead improvement projects.

Training Content

List of subjects
15 ECTS 120h
Lean Six Sigma Improvement Programmes
  • Module 1: GENERAL OVERVIEW.
    • Common characteristics of improvement programmes.
    • Specific features of Six Sigma.
    • The role of management.
    • Selection of projects.
    • Organisation and methodology.
  • Module 2: DEFINE StageEstablishing objectives.
    • Indicators and metrics.
    • Assessment of financial impact.
    • General process flowchart.
  • Module 3: MEASUREMENT Stage.
    • Outlining questions in order to perform the diagnosis.
    • Analysis of existing data.
    • Evaluating the measurement system.
    • Collecting new data.
  • Module 4: ANALYSE Stage.
    • Analysis of the process and data.
    • Lean methodology and statistical techniques.
    • Drawing conclusions from data.
  • Module 5: IMPROVEMENT.
    • Possible improvements and selecting the most suitable improvements.
    • Pilot tests.
    • Implementation.
  • Module 6: CONTROLS.
    • Standardisation of the new process.
    • Establishing the control chart.
    • Monitoring the indicators.
    • End of project.
5 ECTS 0h
Project
  • The programme is completed with an optional improvement project on a specific situation in which the Six Sigma method is used. Participants will be supported by a tutor, who will be one of the lecturers, during the course of the project.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Degree
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
An active learning methodology that enables the student to be involved from the beginning, and to acquire knowledge and skills by considering and resolving complex problems and situations.
Tutorship
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Workshops
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Assessment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual Campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Tort-Martorell Llabrés, Xavier
    Doctorate degree in Industrial Engineering from the UPC and a Master's degree in Industrial Statistics from the University of Wisconsin (USA). Director of the Department of Statistics and Operational Research at the UPC. Previously he worked for the SISTECAL and Roland consulting firms as Manager of the quality area. He is the president of European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS), has been a member of the Model Review Group of the EFQM and was also a judge for quality awards given out by the Catalonian Government. He is the co-author of two books and numerous articles in specialised magazines. He is the director of the Master's programme in Quality Control and the postgraduate programme in Six Sigma Improvement at the UPC.
Academic coordination
  • Grima Cintas, Pere
    Doctorate degree in Industrial Engineering. Head Professor of the Department of Statistics and Operational Research at the UPC. After his first professional experience in the industrial sector he joined the UPC where he has combined teaching with participation in University/Company collaborations in areas related to quality control. He is the author of numerous articles and talks as well as being the co-author of books about methodologies for quality. He has worked as an evaluator for the EFQM's European Quality Award.
Teaching staff
  • Corral González, Roberto
    Industrial Engineer. Postgraduate degree in Economic and Financial Management (UPC) and a Master's degree in Business & e-Technology (La Salle). Currently he is a consulting member in Lean processes, consulting specialising in process based management and Lean Management . Previously he worked for over fifteen years at HP in positions such as service delivery manager , internal consultant for process improvement and director of quality.
  • Grima Cintas, Pere
    Doctorate degree in Industrial Engineering. Head Professor of the Department of Statistics and Operational Research at the UPC. After his first professional experience in the industrial sector he joined the UPC where he has combined teaching with participation in University/Company collaborations in areas related to quality control. He is the author of numerous articles and talks as well as being the co-author of books about methodologies for quality. He has worked as an evaluator for the EFQM's European Quality Award.
  • Marco Almagro, Lluís
    Doctor Industrial Engineer. Professor in the Department of Statistics and Operational Research at the UPC. Expert in statistical techniques for quality control and improvement. He has participated in the design and teaching of the courses in Six Sigma given at the UPC. One of his areas of specialisation is applying quantitative techniques to determine the latent needs and expectations of clients.
  • Rodero de Lamo, Lourdes
    Doctora holder in Statistical Sciences and Techniques from the UPC and professor in the Department of Statistics and Operational Research at the UPC. She also teaches classes at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Industrial de Barcelona. One of her areas of specialisation is statistical techniques for quality control and improvement. Since 2003 she has participated as a professor in the Master's programme in Quality Control at the UPC and for courses in Six Sigma Improvement Programmes.
  • Tort-Martorell Llabrés, Xavier
    Doctorate degree in Industrial Engineering from the UPC and a Master's degree in Industrial Statistics from the University of Wisconsin (USA). Director of the Department of Statistics and Operational Research at the UPC. Previously he worked for the SISTECAL and Roland consulting firms as Manager of the quality area. He is the president of European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS), has been a member of the Model Review Group of the EFQM and was also a judge for quality awards given out by the Catalonian Government. He is the co-author of two books and numerous articles in specialised magazines. He is the director of the Master's programme in Quality Control and the postgraduate programme in Six Sigma Improvement at the UPC.

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Career opportunities

  • Chief of operations, logistics and quality.
  • Operations, logistics and quality Manager.
  • Innovation and process improvement Manager.

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