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Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis    Back

University of Oxford Course Type: Short courses (CPD) Start Date: To be announced
Duration: Full time - 5 Days Fees/total cost: EUR 2,766.27 (GBP 2,050.00)



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.

The Quality Improvement Science and Systems Analysis course provides the opportunity for students to learn more about:

  • the history and principles of industrial quality improvement
  • systems theory
  • the measurement of process and outcome
  • process mapping and visibility
  • the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle
  • workforce engagement
  • "lean thinking"
  • the 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 Education’s CPD Centre, the taught week is led by Dr Lauren Morgan, Human Factors Research Associate and Departmental Lecturer at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, 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

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.

This course is a module of: MSc in Surgical Science and Practice

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Department for Continuing Education /Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences
University accredited:
Short courses (CPD): 20 CATS
Last update: 04/07/2016