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# Course outline

Unit 1: Statistics Primer

• Lesson 1 - Introduction to variation
What variation is and why it is a problem in manufacturing.
• Lesson 2 - Measuring variation
Using a histogram to measure the variation in a process.
• Lesson 3 - Patterns of variation
Types of patterns of variation, what they tell you, and what to do about them.
• Lesson 4 - Measures of variation
Statistical measures of variation: mean, range, and standard deviation.
• Lesson 5 - Normal curve
Properties of the normal curve and the 68, 95, 99.7 rule.
• Lesson 6 - Stability
The importance of a stable process in manufacturing.

Unit 2: Using Control Charts

• Lesson 1 - What are control charts
What control charts are and why they are used.
• Lesson 2 - What a control chart looks like
Common elements of all control charts.
• Lesson 3 - Interpreting control charts and taking action
Common elements of all control charts.
• Lesson 4 - Types of control charts
Variable and attribute control charts: Which do you use when?
• Lesson 5 - Using variable control charts
Calculating and plotting data and interpreting the chart.
• Lesson 6 - Using attribute control charts
Calculating and plotting data and interpreting the chart.

Unit 3: Process Capability Basics

• Lesson 1 - What is process capability
What process capability means and why it is important.
• Lesson 2 - Measuring process capability
The capability ratio, process capability index, and Cpk.