QAA130 - Quality Auditing I

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Last review date 2017-11-02 14:13:27.238

Subject Title
Quality Auditing I

Subject Description
This course focuses on auditing principles and practices, including reasons for workplace auditing, ISO 9000 standards, how to plan for audits, creating auditing reports, and Corrective Action Requests.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Quality Assurance Certificate Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. State the role of auditing.
2. Apply audit methodologies in performing quality system audit.
3. Organize and conduct the audit.
4. Conduct documentation reviews.
5. Create and use auditing check lists.
6. Communicate audit findings and present the results to the audittee.
7. Describe ISO-19011 standards and its application.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Quality Concepts  QAA110  

Topic Outline
Defining quality, audit 
What is audit 
Types of audit 

Purpose and objective of audits 
Ethics, conduct, skills, liability issues 

Preparing a manual 
Why have a manual 
ISO 9000.2005 and ISO9001.2008

Auditing check list, sampling 
ISO 19011 
Auditor skills 

Audit planning 

Desk study 
Good vs Bad performance 

Audit preparation:  planning, team selection, check list 

Audit performance: Audit management, analysis, open meeting 

Audit performance continued: Audit analysis, exit meeting 

Audit report and follow up 
Corrective Action Request (CAR) 
Audit program management 

Case study 

Auditing tools and techniques 
Customized audit check list 
Customized Corrective Action Request

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, case studies, class discussions and individual / group participation.

Prescribed Texts
Quality Audits for Improved Performance, ASQ Quality Press, Dennis R. Arter, 978-0-87389-570-5, 3rd Edition, 2003

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments must be submitted at the beginning of the class on the due date.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for a final examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests or midterms.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:

    Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 

    Assignments/Presentation 25%
    Mid-Term 35%
    Final Exam 40%

    Since this is a professional credit subject, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, tidy work. Assignments should be well organized and grammatically correct, with proper spelling and punctuation. Late assignments are penalized. For particulars, please obtain standards, dated, etc. from your instructor. 

    While attendance and participation in class discussions are not formally part of this evaluation schedule, you should be aware that absenteeism will almost guarantee your inability to achieve satisfactory grades. Some of the progress tests and quizzes may not be announced in advance and details of assignment requirements may be explained in class. There is no formal provision for make-up tests to replace tests you miss. 

Approved by: Sharon Estok