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Course Title: Measurement Uncertainty - Part 1 - An Introduction
Categories: 1 - Analytical Metrology
2 - Data Management
3 - Quality/Regulatory/Compliance
4 - Statistics
5 - Validation
Instructor(s): Bernard King Course Number: 80
Affiliation: Consultant
Course Date: 03/07/2016 - Monday Course Length: 1 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $550 ($750 after 2/12/16) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
Laboratories need to be able to evaluate their measurement uncertainties (MU) in order to comply with accreditation and other regulatory requirements. This course is for those new to the subject. It makes use of presentations, worked examples, delegate exercises, and discussion, and covers the following: MU concepts and practice, revision of basic statistics, ISO approach to evaluating MU, how MU fits in with other quality requirements and finally, simplified approaches to evaluating MU. Delegates will need to bring a calculator capable of undertaking simple statistical calculations, in order to be able to undertake the delegate exercises.

Target Audience
This course is for analysts (scientists and technicians', managers, accreditation assessors and academics who would like to obtain an overview of measurement uncertainty and its evaluation. You don't have to be a statistician, but some knowledge, even a rusty knowledge, of basic statistics (mean, standard deviation, etc.)is needed.

Course Outline
An overview of MU concepts and practice; Revision of basic statistics; Step by step explanation of the ISO MU Guide, covering the following: sources of MU, sources of information about MU, converting data into standard uncertainties, combining uncertainties and calculating the expanded uncertainty, reporting MU. Requirements of laboratory accreditation, and the interface between MU and measurement standards;
the day will end with consideration of some simplified approaches to evaluating MU during the day there will be three delegate exercises.

Course Instructor's Biography
As a past Director at the Laboratory of the Government Chemist in the UK and the National Analytical Reference Laboratory in Australia, I have experience of a wide range of chemical analysis and laboratory management in the environment, food, forensic, industrial and medical sectors. I have also been extensively involved in international work associated with metrology and analytical quality. In recent years, as a semi-retired consultant, I have provided training courses and consultancy in many parts of the world, covering measurement uncertainty, method validation, reference materials, accreditation and statistics.