How can you determine if a new process performs better than the original? How can you be confident that a new drug or vaccine will be safe and effective? How can you best determine which market(s) to target a new product? Reliable answers to questions like these are found by collecting data from properly designed tests, trials, or experiments. Too often organizations use informal methods (eg. opinions) or poorly designed experiments to make important decisions. Experimental design is a way to carefully plan experiments in advance so that your results are both objective and valid. Effective experimental design and analysis are critical to improving products and processes, reducing waste, lowering costs, and improving productivity.
This how-to workshop focuses on understanding the fundamental elements of experimental design and how to apply experimental design to solve real problems. A statistical software package, Minitab®, is used to help create designs, analyze data, and interpret results more efficiently and effectively. We will examine how to use proven statistical methods to properly design, collect, and analyze experimental data.
1) On-campus option
The on-campus workshop is offered over a 3-day period. Each topic is reinforced through discussion, case studies, exercises, and simulations. Exercises and simulations are conducted in our computer lab using Minitab statistical software. Outside of class, participants are welcome to join online discussions with the instructor and other students.
2) “Blended online” option
The online instructor-led workshop covers the same material as the 3-day on-campus program but is available over a 2-week period through our online Learning Management System, providing flexibility to your schedule. Learning materials include pre-recorded lectures, case studies, exercises, and simulations. We keep you actively engaged through online discussions with the instructor and other students. (If you don’t have access to Minitab software, go to www.Minitab.com to download a free trial copy).
One-factor-at-a-time experiments - what your competitors want you to use
The importance of a strategy of experimentation
Summarizing results in experiments - main effects and interactions
Two-level designs for 3-5 factors - the 2k designs
Variation when conditions are held constant - a review
The importance of randomizing and blocking in experiments
Handling variation naturally in two-level designs
The value of non-replicated experiments
How to select the correct number of runs for an experiment
The role of center points and how to use them correctly
Fractional factorial (2k–p) designs - studying 5-15 factors, or more efficiently
The use of fold-over designs to gain more information
Case studies, simulations, and exercises
Using Minitab® to, help create designs and interpret results
Who Should Attend
Professionals in engineering, R&D, manufacturing, quality, and marketing who plan, conduct, analyze, and interpret tests to evaluate the impact of key parameters on the performance of products and processes. Learn how to select the most effective design to answer important questions that maximize results while minimizing time and effort.
A “certificate of completion” from RIT’s Center for Quality and Applied Statistics is issued upon completing the program including all assigned exercises.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-475-6990 for future dates.
Pricing and Registration
Individual Registration: $895
Discounts (only one discount per person)
Members of MedTech or GRQC: $806 (10%)
RIT Alumni, Employees, and Immediate Family Members: $716 (20%)
Full-Time College Students (all institutions): $716 (20% discount). Contact email@example.com or 585-475-6990 for a coupon code.
Group Registration (no other discounts apply) *
2 people: $806 per person (10%). RIT Alumni and Employees - please register as 2 individuals
3+ people: $716 per person (20%)
Please register by clicking on the appropriate program below. You may also register by contacting 585-475-6990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodations: Rooms may be reserved at the Radisson Hotel adjacent to the RIT campus. Information on how to make a reservation will be emailed to you.
Refunds will be issued for cancellations received and confirmed at least 10 business days prior to the program date. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after that date. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Yes. If you are unable to come to campus on any of the workshop days, you may instead access the materials online and complete the workshop. Online discussions are available to all participants whether they are on-campus or online.
Our online courses and workshops are virtually identical in content to our “live” on-campus courses, but they are conducted online and are flexible to your personal schedule. Unlike self-paced online training, we keep you actively engaged with our instructors and other program participants. Instead of in-class discussions, you will participate in online discussions.
Yes. Our online course environment is available to our on-campus students, who are also welcome to participate in online discussions for the duration of the online workshop. If you aren’t comfortable with online learning, register for the on-campus version but feel free to check-out the online materials. All registrants are provide pdf’s of course materials which remain available after the workshop ends.
If you do not complete the required material and exercises, you will not receive a “certificate of completion” from RIT. The workshop includes about 24 hours or class material along with exercises using Minitab, and online participants are given two weeks to meet all requirements, so be sure to budget your time accordingly.