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GSCM 326 DeVry Week 3 Course Project
Ishikawa Research Paper
This project involves researching and writing a short biography on Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa. Our text addresses many of the areas in the management and control of
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This project involves researching and writing a short biography on Dr. Kaoru Ishikawa. Our text addresses many of the areas in the management and control of quality and provides a great amount of information on a number of different quality concepts. However, the authors only mention Dr. Ishikawa in passing. Just who is Kaoru Ishikawa? Prepare a 1,000-word biographical paper on Ishikawa, describing his contributions to quality. You should not limit your research to online materials. Two of his books are excellent sources:
(1) What Is Total Quality Control: The Japanese Way (1985) and
(2) Guide to Quality Control (1976). Submit the completed paper to your Dropbox.
You will research this person’s life and work to determine the impacts that he has had in the world. You will define the quality leader’s significant contributions to modern quality practices in terms of major impacts in a specific organization. The project will enable you to understand
Ishikawa's key ideas;
how Ishikawa has influenced quality practices throughout the world;
how his ideas fit into total quality management; and
the implications of Ishikawa's ideas for the future of quality.
The project will require sustained research effort until the paper is submitted. You are encouraged to begin work on the project during Week 1 and be prepared to submit the required project deliverables by the end of Week 3. A basic APA tutorial can be found in the Webliography, and a paper template can be found in Doc Sharing.
The paper will be a short biography on Kaoru Ishikawa. It will adhere to the grading specifications as described below. The student will submit a paper of at least 1,000 words, not including the title page and references, by the end of class Week 3. This paper is worth 80 points. The student will use at least two sources plus the course textbook for a minimum of three references. All references are to be from academic journals, professional or academic textbooks, authored websites, or standard business publications, such as The Wall Street Journal. Not more that 15% of the content can be taken directly from all sources. This means if Tunitin is used, then the similarity index must be 15% or lower. The final score will be reduced by one point for each percentage point over 15%.
NOTE: Wikipedia and unauthored websites are not acceptable sources. Do not use these types of sources, otherwise you will lose points.
The format of the paper should conform to the Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition, for the title page, text, citations, references, and so forth. A basic APA tutorial can be found in the Webliography, and a template for the paper can be found in Doc Sharing. Completed papers will be submitted to your Dropbox as MS Word documents. All graphics will be a part of the Word document and submitted as a file. Documents authored in other applications, such as WordPerfect or MS Works, will not be accepted.
This project is to be accomplished individually and will reflect the work of each student. All DeVry University policies are in effect, including the plagiarism policy. Late papers will not be accepted without prior permission.
See the Syllabus section "Due Dates for Assignments & Exams" for due date information.
The following are the best practices in preparing this paper. Sample papers, using APA format, are located in Doc Sharing. Other useful information has also been provided there, including an APA paper template.
Cover page: Include the person you prepared the paper for, who prepared it, and the date.
Introduction: In APA format, the introduction is understood to be the first content of your work; thus, it does NOT require a title.
The purpose of an introduction or opening is to do the following.
Body of your work: Include titles to identify different areas that you address. State the main ideas, major points in each idea, and supporting information. Break down each main idea you will use in the body of your paper. Show some type of division, such as separate sections that are labeled, separate groups of paragraphs, or headers. You would include the information you found during your research and investigation.
Summary and conclusion: Summarizing is similar to paraphrasing, but it presents the gist of the material in fewer words than the original. An effective summary identifies the main ideas and major support points from the body of your report. Minor details are left out.
Apply a three-step process of writing: plan, write, and complete.
Prepare an outline of your research paper before you go forward.
Complete a first draft, and then go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required.
Use visual communication if it will help clarify and support your work. Any material that can be removed and not affect the clarity of your work is essentially filler and should be avoided. Fillerdistracts from the flow of your work and will most likely cause you to lose points.
References: APA-formatted references are required for this assignment.
A possible topic outline of the paper is provided below.
Overview of the paper
Purpose and importance of the effort
Personal background and life history (education, family life, living situations, etc.)
Primary work and significant accomplishments
Summary of his philosophy
Summary of what he was focused on accomplishing in terms of quality
Reviews and highlights of his books, articles, and manuscripts
Detailed description of his key ideas, concepts, and quality approach
Description of results he achieved personally from his life work
Summary of his influence on quality and total quality management (TQM)
Summarize the key points of your paper.
GSCM 326 Week 7 Course Project
Fujiyama Electronics Case Study
This case study looks at the behavior of a circuit board process through the use of control charts. At least two control charts will need to be constructed, and from them, you will be asked to provide an assessment of what you see. A template to facilitate the construction of the control charts has been provided in Doc Sharing You are not required to use this template; however, it will greatly facilitate the solution.
Fujiyama Electronics Inc. has had difficulties with circuit boards purchased from an outside supplier. Unacceptable variability occurs between two drilled holes that are supposed to be 5 cm apart on the circuit boards. Thirty samples of four boards each were taken from shipments from the supplier. The data obtained can be found on a worksheet in Doc Sharing titled Fujiyama Electronics Sample Data or can be obtained by clicking
The student will submit the completed case study in a Word document to the Dropbox by the end of class Week 7. The paper is worth 80 points.
The students will complete and answer the following questions.
Calculate X-bar-bar, R-bar, and associated control limits using the data in the table above.
Create x? and R (average and range) control charts from the data in the table above.
Discuss notable out-of-control conditions displayed in the completed x? and R (average and range) control charts. Only consider points outside the control limits. Do not consider runs, set of points within certain zones, and so forth.
If the conditions you note could be defined as assignable conditions, and they are removed from the process, then what will happen to the X-bar and R control chart?
Remove the data related to the out-of-control points you observed from the original data, and recalculate new X-bar-bar, R-bar, and associated control limits.
Create new X-bar and R (average and range) control charts from your updated data.
Discuss how the two sets of control charts are different. What has changed?
The format of the case study should conform to the Publication Manualfor the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition, for the title page and text. Citations and references are not required. A basic APA tutorial can be found in the Webliography, and a paper template can be found in Doc Sharing. The completed case study will be submitted to your Dropbox as an MS Word document. All graphics and charts will be a part of the Word document and submitted as a file. Documents authored in other applications, such as WordPerfect or MS Works, will not be accepted.
This project is to be accomplished individually, and it will reflect the work of each student. All DeVry University policies are in effect, including the plagiarism policy. Late papers will not be accepted without prior permission.
See the Syllabus section "Due Dates for Assignments & Exams" for due date information.it, evaluate, and make any changes required.
Create new X-bar and R (aver