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Top 10 Quality Assurance Courses You Can Audit For Free

Quality Assurance is a term used to represent the system of monitoring and evaluating a product or service, to ensure that a desired standard is maintained. This is usually done by paying attention to every step, from the supply of raw materials till it gets to the consumer. The courses described below span across different disciplines, such as health & medicine, computer science, economics & finance, business etc.

Leading Healthcare Quality and Safety

Leading Healthcare Quality and Safety is a health course offered by the George Washington University School of Nursing. Instructions are given in English for 4 weeks. Patient safety and healthcare quality are vital parts of healthcare practice, and this course provides an introduction to the needed skills and knowledge for that. Using a world view, participants will be linked to varying forms of research and resources from bodies such as World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint Commission, and the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Explore the foundations of health care quality, basics of analyzing patient safety problems and processes using tools, know-how of designing and selecting effective health care measures, apply systematic approaches such as the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) model to address quality improvement challenges, and many others.

Advanced Business Analytics Specialization

Advanced Business Analytics Specialization is a Business program offered by the University of Colorado. It is taught in English, with subtitles in Korean, English, and Arabic. There are 5 courses within this specialization focused on teaching applicable business analytics skills, and use of data in solving complex business issues. Participants will learn how to grow their business and create value for shareholders, gain practical skills which will come in handy for extraction and manipulation of data via SQL code, knowledge of executing statistical methods for interpretation and presentation of analysis. Gain competitive advantage by leveraging data to inform decision making, evaluate business performance, and solve complex problems. Skills include: Data Analysis; Data Visualization (DataViz); Mathematical Optimization; SQL; Data Model; Data Quality; Regression Analysis; Data Cleansing; Predictive Modelling; Exploratory Data Analysis; Simulation; and Business Analytics.

Supply Chain Management: A Learning Perspective

Supply Chain Management: A Learning Perspective is a Business course offered by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST). It is taught in English for 4 weeks, using online videos, readings and quizzes. Many activities, transactions, functions and people are involved in getting a product from where it’s manufactured to the consumer. There’s a link between these factors, and it’s referred to as a supply chain – comprising four primary functions which are supplier, manufacturer, distributor and consumer. To maximize the value of this chain, there’s need for every function to.work, and coordinate efficiently. This course explains the fundamental principles involved in this seemingly simple, yet complex process. A learning perspective is used. Gain skills in Supply Chain Risk Management; Supply Chain; Inventory; and Re-opening Introduction

Fundamentals of Organization

Fundamentals of Organization is a Business course offered by Politecnico di Milano. It’s taught in English for 6 hours, spread over 3 weeks. Organization is the main theme  in understanding how a body functions. Organizational design let’s you in on how work is subdivided, coordination between the activities and people, as well as the processes involved in achieving efficiency and effectiveness. It also considers decision making in the company, as organization and desicion making are complementary roles of a manager. This course aims to help you understand the concept of organization from two approaches: Practical, using typical problems of real corporate groups; and Theoretical, using theories of organizational design as a way to investigate analysis from 3 angles: varying levels of the organization, effective management processes, and decision-making. Gain skills in organizational units; organizational structures; Decision-Making; Problem Solving; and Business.

Internationalization: Creating Digital Content for the World

Internationalization: Creating Digital Content for the World is a Computer Sciences course which forms part of the University of Washington’s Internationalization and Localization program. Instructions are given in English for 4 weeks, with 2-5 hours weekly effort. Knowledge of another language asides English will come in handy, however it’s not required. Learn everything a developer or PM needs to consider before, or when working on software meant for worldwide release without code alteration in these markets; learn about project roles and responsibilities in the different processes; and how to carry out quality assurance on the software or website. Participants will look into different writing systems, directionability of scripts, design requirements, regional formats, and challenges of creating products without offending foreign markets.

Data Cleansing with Data Quality Services (DQS)

Data Cleansing with Data Quality Services (DQS) is a Computer Sciences course offered by Microsoft. It’s designed to last for 4 weeks, with 2-3 hours weekly effort. The prerequisite for this English-taught course is a basic understanding of database design and storage, and business intelligence process. If you’re seeking a direct and no-nonsense approach to improving your data cleansing skills with SQL Server Data Quality Services (DQS), then this course is perfect for you. Participants will discuss the discipline of Data Quality Assurance and Data Quality Services (DQS); SQL Server DQS capabilities and features; integration of data cleansing with Integration Services (SSIS) data flow; see a demonstration on a number of critical data quality activities such as knowledge discovery, matching policies for the de-duplication of data, domain management, and administration topics covering installation, security and configuration.

Localization: Adapting Digital Content to Local Markets

Localization: Adapting Digital Content to Local Markets is a Computer Sciences course which is part of the University of Washington’s Internationalization and Localization program. It lasts for 6 weeks, with 2-5 hours weekly effort. Knowledge of another language asides English is recommended, but not required. This course helps you answer questions on making your product relevant worldwide, showcasing your website in foreign languages, and tailoring your digital products to foreign markets via localization. Participants will learn steps required before releasing a software into foreigh markets, including translation, cost and schedule management, management of transition assets, stages of localization projects, and quality control and assurance for localization. Take this course to get started on building your own localization strategy for expanding your business.

Healthcare Finance, Economics and Risk

Healthcare Finance, Economics and Risk is a Economics & Finance course which is part of the Doane University’s Healthcare Administration MicroMasters program comprising 7 courses and a capstone exam. Instructions are given in English for 5 weeks, with 3-5 hours weekly effort. The prerequisites include a bachelor’s degree of minimum 5 years work experience in a healthcare related field, and basic understanding of economics and finance. Participants will gain an appreciation for financial systems and how they impact the quality assurance, strategic planning, and risk management initiatives in the healthcare industry. Learn how to analyze and  assess economic problems in order to develop and implement economic policy, as well as how to evaluate economic advantages and policy options of healthcare market reform.

Bacterial Genomes: Antimicrobial Resistance in Bacterial Pathogens

Bacterial Genomes: Antimicrobial Resistance in Bacterial Pathogens is a Healthcare & Medicine offered by Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science Advanced courses and Scientific Conferences. It lasts for 3 weeks, with 5 hours weekly effort. Researchers and healthcare professionals interested in epidemics, infectious diseases, and the issue of microbial resistance, are encouraged to take this course. It is recommended for participants with no prior knowledge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to take the Bacterial Genomes: Disease Outbreaks and AMR course. Learn all about AMR and its detection via antimicrobial susceptibility testing; challenges of AMR and how they are being addressed; historical and epidemiological aspects of antibiotics and AMR, and its clinical significance; explore principles and practices of AMR quality assurance, as well as the roles of genomics in tackling AMR from research, diagnostic and surveillance perspectives,

Clinical Supervision: Planning Your Professional Development

Clinical Supervision: Planning Your Professional Development is a Healthcare & Medicine course offered by University of East Anglia. Instructions are passed in English for 3 weeks, with 3 hours weekly study. This course is ideal for all post-registration doctors and healthcare professionals, especially supervisors responsible for training in community, and hospital settings. Participants are called upon to reflect on their clinical supervision practice using frameworks, identify your learning needs, create a personal development plan, evaluate teaching activities, address feedback received from the trainees being supervised; and discuss application of the principles of quality assurance and quality improvement in this context. Topics include Continuing professional development (CPD), Quality improvement, Reflection: making it work in practice, The reflective educator, and Planning your personal professional development.

All the courses described above can be audited for free, with a small fee required to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify.