Course Title: Perform statistical process control

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: BUSM5805

Course Title: Perform statistical process control

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5184 - Diploma of Food Science & Technology

Course Contact: Sam Cutri

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4876

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 20

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

VBP070 - Apply workplace statistics to the food industry,
VBP068 - Interpret sampling plans

Course Description

This unit provides the principles of statistical process control. It covers the skills and knowledge required to construct, interpret and analyse process control chart in relation to food industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP069 Perform statistical process control


Construct a process flow chart.

Performance Criteria:

1. Construct a process flow chart.
1.1 Scope and purpose of Average & Range charts in the food industry are identified.
1.2 All relevant parameters for use in preparing both Average and Range charts are statistically calculated.
1.3 Average and Range charts, showing all pre-calculated parameters, are prepared.
1.4 Trends and cyclic patterns of Average and Range charts are interpreted.
1.5 An action plan based on the results of Average and Range is designed.



Determine the Process Capability of a piece of equipment on a production line.

Performance Criteria:

2. Determine the Process Capability of a piece of equipment on a production line.
2.1 The scope and purpose of the process are identified.
2.2 A representative data sample is determined.
2.3 Data collection techniques are selected.
2.4 Data is collected to meet sampling requirements.
2.5 Appropriate statistical analysis techniques are selected and applied.
2.6 All relevant parameters for the determination of Process Capability are calculated statistically.
2.7 Recommendations of the outcomes of the Process Capability value are reported.

Learning Outcomes

Construct a process flow chart.
Determine the Process Capability of a piece of equipment on a production line.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course may include:
• Teacher directed face-to face delivery of lessons
• Whole class Discussion
• Pair/group discussion
• Small group workshops
• Revision quizzes
• Worksheets
• Laboratory experiments
• Record keeping of experiments
• Presentations
• Research activities

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Introduction to SPC
Week 2 What is a process
Week 3 Variation
Week 4 Attribute control charts
Week 5 Variable control charts
Week 6 Process Capability
Week 7 Six sigma

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Quality training portal
What You Need to Know About Statistical Process Control (SPC)

Mastering Statistical Process Control: A Handbook for Performance Improvement Using SPC Cases

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exam

Assessment Tasks

Assignments 50 %
Test 50 %

Assessment Matrix

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