House Of Quality Dissertation

The Winter Dissertation House is coming to UMBC (January 16-19, 2018). Graduate students who plan to participate should follow the application procedures on the application webpage for the Dissertation House (below). Open application period: November 8, 2017– December 31, 2017. (Please note that there are only 12 to 15 slots for this event, consider applying early). Applications received after December 31, 2017 will be considered for the DH waiting list.

Event: Winter 2018 Dissertation House

Dates: January 16, 2018 – January 19, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day

Location: University of Maryland Baltimore County, Commons 329 and Commons 328

Registration: Please login to MyUMBC (, click “I can attend” below, *AND* follow the application procedures on the main website for the Dissertation House: Application period to apply to attend the Dissertation House: Nov 8 – Dec 31, 2017.

Event Details: 

  • The Dissertation House runs from 9 AM – 5PM, for four days, Tuesday, January 16 through Friday, January 19.
  • Students must plan to attend the full session, for each of the 4 days. 
  • Daily schedule includes 2 mini-lectures, and 5 hours of writing per day.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and a snack will be served daily.
  • The Dissertation House is free for UMBC’s graduate students.
  • There are 15 to 18 spaces available for the Dissertation House. 
  • Details regarding eligibility can be found on the application page of the website for the Dissertation House.

Read about The Dissertation House in UMBC’s Alumni Magazine: Byrne, R.  (2011, Fall)“The Write Stuff”, UMBC Magazine. p. 12. More information about the DissertationHouse:

Dissertation House Application Procedures

Both the on-campus setting and the retreat setting provide Dissertation House participants with productive and rewarding scholastic engagement.  Students who participate in this program will spend each day thinking, writing, and sharing ideas about their doctoral dissertations.  Students will learn effective time-management skills; learn how to set small manageable goals, and will meet with a dissertation coach in one-on-one consultations to discuss and address obstacles that might prevent them completing their degrees.

The Dissertation House period can span either a Tuesday – Friday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., non-residential) or a Friday – Sunday weekend (includes evening sessions) commitment to focus on the doctoral dissertation.  The Dissertation House activities focus on areas where students typically have difficulty: conceptualizing a topic, writing a literature review, transitioning from a proposal to a dissertation, analyzing data, writing the last chapter, and editing.
Students may apply to attend the next Dissertation House during open application enrollment, by submitting two parts of an application.


I. Submit a brief description (maximum 2 pages, font size 11-12 point 1 inch margins) that describes the project that you wish to accomplish during the Dissertation Houseperiod.  Applications will neither be reviewed nor accepted outside of the application enrollment period.


II. Please use the following guidelines  for the application:

(1) Summary of the project, including research question(s), data or texts, and method

(2) Amount completed on the project to date

(3) Any obstacles that you are encountering that hinder completion of the dissertation.

(4) Include the following header information with the description:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone numbers (home, office, and fax)
  • E-mail address
  • Academic Program and Year in the program

Dates/Location: January 16 to 19 (Tuesday – Friday), 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Dissertation House will be held in COMM 329 (for Dissertation House) and COMM 328 (for one-on-one sessions).

Application Enrollment Period: Application can be submitted within a designated 2-week period, usually scheduled 1-2 months prior to the next Dissertation House session.  Email applications to  Please use the words “Dissertation House” in the subject line of your email.

Selection Process: Eighteen participants will be selected for participation in the Dissertation House.  The following applicants will have priority:  (1) Applicants who plan to finish the Ph.D. within the next 6 months; (2) Individuals who are working on dissertations and theses rather than a proposal; (3) Applicants who submit earliest; and (4) Individuals who appear most able to benefit from the services offered at the Dissertation House.

If your application is accepted, you will receive an acceptance notice via email and additional details about the Dissertation House.  All students, including those who have not applied or those who are not selected, have the option to participate in the next online challenge, a virtual version of the Dissertation House

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The following House of Quality () example gives a simple overview of the intended use of a House of Quality matrix and demonstrates how successive flow into one another, facilitating the Quality Function Deployment process.

This particular example was created for an imaginary Chocolate Chip Cookie Manufacturer (a.k.a. a “Bakery”). The example maps customer requirements to parts/materials to be purchased in order to meet and/or exceed the customer expectations. (The prioritization comes into play when assuming limited availability of funds for making purchases.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie QFD Example

While reviewing the example, you may wish to note the following:

  1. The ends with #3. This is due primarily to the fact that all of its parts/materials are purchased rather than manufactured. Had a different product been chosen, a 4th could have been added that mapped parts/materials attributes to processes and/or initiatives for manufacturing the parts that met those specifications.
  2. The “Weight” requirement (column #4) in #1 may not be a valuable requirement. You can tell that this requirement is suspect by the fact that its “Max Relationship Value in Column” is only 1. (Note: the template auto-highlights warning values.)
  3. The “Weight” requirement (row #4) in #2 is not being addressed. Similarly, “Tensile Ultimate Strength” (Row #3) and “Size (diameter)” (Row #5) are not being substantially addressed. (Note their “Max Relationship Value in Row” values.)
  4. #3 has examples of both of the issues listed in #1 & 2 above.


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