The Associate of Arts Degree with an Emphasis in Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance (QA) is a control and management system that has been recognized as an academic discipline since WWII, when American theorists used quality principles as the foundation of the U.S. war effort and post-war Japanese reconstruction. From 1950-1980, the term “Quality” in academia became synonymous with reducing waste and unnecessary errors. This emphasis consists of six courses which impart an integrated body of knowledge and set of skills and competencies which distinguish graduates in the employment marketplace. The materials are presented and discussed by applying biblical principles. Students are given the knowledge and skill necessary to understand biblical applications in ethical situations that a QA professional will face in the decision-making process. This program will lay a solid academic foundation for those who desire to pursue a bachelor’s degree in any field of business from a four-year university.

This emphasis consists of 21 required courses distributed evenly in five standard quarters and one summer quarter. Each course is worth from 1.5 to 4.5 quarter credits, thus yielding a degree program requirement of 94.5 quarter credits.

Program Learning Outcomes: Quality Assurance students, upon completion of this plan of study, will be able to:

1. Understand quality-based vocabulary and concepts. (ref: Quality Assurance 101: Principles and Best Practices of Quality System Management)

2. Present and discuss the fundamental, biblical, and contemporary quality assurance theories, concepts and practices. (ref: Quality Assurance 101: Principles and Best Practices of Quality System Management)

3. Apply bible-based ethical decisions when implementing improvements which save costs and reduce overhead. (ref: Quality Assurance 220: Introduction to Lean Six Sigma)

4. Demonstrate data collection and data analysis techniques for quality improvement. (ref: Quality Assurance 110: Teams and Team Tools)

5. Show examples of customer-service quality assurance, control, and management. (ref: Quality Assurance 201: Introduction to Project Management)

6. Understand the basis of quality principles. (ref: Quality Assurance 210: Introduction to Process Mapping; Quality Assurance 220: Introduction to Lean Six Sigma)

7. Develop critical thinking skills required for a transfer to bachelor programs in business administration, international business, accounting, economics, management, human resources or entrepreneurship. (ref: Quality Assurance 230: Leaders and Lessons Learned)

Requirements:

Art 101: Introduction to Visual and Performing Arts (4.5)

Biology 201: Introduction to Biology I (4.5)

Biology 201L: Biology Laboratory I (1.5)

College Forum 101: College Thinking and Learning I (4.5)

College Forum 201: Self-Discovery and Life Planning (1.5)

Computer Information Science 101: Introduction to Computer Information Systems (4.5)

English 101: Freshman Composition: Expository Writing (4.5)

Health Science 101: Introduction to Health Science (4.5)

History 110: Survey of American History (4.5)

Philosophy 201: Introduction to Philosophy (4.5)

Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology (4.5)

Quality Assurance 101: Principles and Best Practices of Quality System Management (4.5)

Quality Assurance 110: Teams and Team Tools (4.5)

Quality Assurance 201: Introduction to Project Management (4.5)

Quality Assurance 210: Introduction to Process Mapping (4.5)

Quality Assurance 220: Introduction to Lean Six Sigma (4.5)

Quality Assurance 230: Leaders and Lessons Learned (4.5)

Religious Studies 101: Introduction to the History and Literature of the Old Testament (4.5)

Religious Studies 105: Introduction to the History and Literature of the New Testament (4.5)

Religious Studies 210: Introduction to Christian Thought and Contemporary Issues (4.5)

Sociology 201: Introduction to Sociology (4.5)