Course Description

Lean Six Sigma for Green Belts: Quality Improvement Project

Green Belts should be able to lead their own continuous process improvement projects as well as champion the work of Black Belts within their organization. This 10-week, online course provides coaching and guidance from a Master Black Belt to students completing a real-world project. Students will apply their learning from PDS 240 Foundations and PDS 241 Project and Statistics to identify a business problem or opportunity, gather and analyze data, and determine the most impactful course of action. Students who are not able to complete a real-world project in their organization will be provided a case study applicable to their area of work.

This is a capstone course and should be completed as the final course in the Lean Six Sigma program.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Identify a potential business problem or opportunity for a project or outlined in a case study
  • Determine stakeholders and project team members, and create a project charter
  • Outline process elements and articulate the current state of flow complexity and waste in a process
  • Describe the different data collection methods, measurement systems, performance metrics, and/or process capabilities
  • Describe why an opportunity or problem occurs and how the project team can devise solutions to eliminate defects or problem
  • Identify potential data analysis techniques and articulate how they would be applied
  • Perform basic statistics, Value Stream Mapping, and Process Value Analysis using the provided or gathered data set
  • Produce summaries of the findings from statistical validation or process value analysis
  • Define and describe specific terms such as variables (independent and dependent), factors, levels, responses, treatments, errors, repetition, blocks, randomization, effects, and replication
  • Apply idea generation tools, such as affinity diagrams, root-cause analysis, challenging assumptions, solution mapping, mind-mapping, six thinking hats, and random word brainstorming to develop potential solutions
  • Identify and select appropriate tools and techniques for eliminating or preventing waste
  • Define and evaluate the criteria used to evaluate potential improvements
  • Prioritize and select potential solutions against established criteria
  • Compose a control plan to document, monitor, and maintain the overall process including improvements that occur within the process
  • Articulate the required documentation, training and communication plans


Students electing to complete a final quality improvement project or case study should complete this course as a final course in their program. Students completing PDS 242 should have already completed PDS 240 OR PDS 243 to PDS 248.


Students should have a solid understanding of the DMAIC framework and common practices of Lean Six Sigma before completing this course.

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May 25, 2021 to Aug 16, 2021
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Course Fees
Fee before GST non-credit $645.00
Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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