Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 1430 - Product Design Fundamentals

Catalog Description:

An introduction to the professional practice of design. Topics include social and economic motives for designing; evolution of style in mass-produced products; orthographic, isometric, perspective, and model representation. Students will work on simple creative projects involving one to three part objects and will learn basic methodology principles with emphasis on research and problem identification.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)
When Offered: Fall

Prerequisites by Topic:

To succeed you need a desire to think, ask questions and avoid your personal stereotypes to solve design problems.. You may want to become a designer or just learn about design while following another career. All interested people are welcome. We are happy to train future engineers, advertisers and business managers in design fundamentals.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Understand the global nature of product design and manufacturing.

e, f, i, j


J2: Applies knowledge that considers professional, social, and/or global impact.

Learn design and technology history 1900 to date. Knowledge of design trends at the time of the class.

f, i, j


J4: ICES #189: This course broadened my perspective of working in a global/societal context.

Able to meet propose solutions on a deadline.

d, f, k


K3: Considers the role of time in the design, process, in decision making, and/or in manufacturing and service processes.

Create a simple product design from sketch to working model.

a, b, d, f, k


D1: Creates product designs using various computer-aided, manual, or physical design tools.

Present design proposals in a critique settings.




Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


The Design of Everyday Things, (DOET), by Donald Norman. Superior introduction to the thinking behind design.

Course Coordinator:

Mitchel Keil
Western Michigan University
F-221 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3365

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
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