ENT 201 Quality Assurance II   3 credits

Principles of Configuration Management (CM)

Note: ENT 201 is part of the core Quality Assurance (QA) sequence of courses. The QA course sequence serves both as preparation for ASQ professional certification, and towards a degree. The other courses in the core QA sequence are ENT 186, ENT 171, ENT 192, and ENT 202.

  1. Definition of Configuration Management (CM) and its inclusion in the quality sciences. Relevance of CM to the ISO 9000 Quality Standards
  1. Purpose and exercise of CM.  Project Integrity. 
  2. CM Environment: Hardware, Software, and Firmware processes.
  3. CM Planning: CM and project Metrics, Procedures.
  4. Configuration Identification (ID): Baselines, Selection, Inputs, Process outputs, Software CM Library (SCML).
  5. Hardware ID Considerations: Parts, Cost effectiveness.
  6. Software ID Considerations: Selection of categories and production processes, Identifiers-files & fields
  7. Firmware ID Considerations: Programmable parts (types 1-5), Drawing requirements, labeling & marking.
  8. Document Controls, ID, and Classifications.
  9. Configuration Controls: Problem reporting, Failure analysis, Corrective action, Evaluation, Coordination, Approvals, Change implementation.
  10. Configuration Control of Hardware: Nonconforming materials & product, retrofits.
  11. Configuration Control of Software: Vendor considerations, Product support, maintainability, and CM library.
  12. Configuration Control (CC) Documentation
  14.   Configuration Status: CM database

  15.   CM Implementation and Facility: Establish requirements, Resources, Implementation.

  16.   Configuration Auditing: Functional, Physical, In-process Audits

  17.   ISO 9000 International Quality Standards and CM

  18.   Comprehensive case study-CM in practice. Class Project(s).

  19.   Use of CM software will be demonstrated (CVS, QVCS, RCS shareware).

Course will include weekly homework assignments (20%), quizzes (20%), CM projects (10%), and three exams (50%).