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IME 2610 - Engineering Statistics

Catalog Description:

Introduction to statistical methodology emphasizing applications in engineering. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, regression, analysis of variance, and design of experiments. This course is cross-listed with STAT 2610.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: MATH 1220 or 1700.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  • The ability to use basic calculus (MATH 1220 or MATH 1700).
  • The ability to use new software in problem solving, given basic instructions and
    examples (basic computer skills).

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-EAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

To use graphical and descriptive statistics to summarize and display engineering problem information. a, f, g  

F2: Identifies ethical dilemmas and proposes solutions.

To employ inferential statistics to solve engineering problems. a, e, k  

A1: Applies appropriate statistical techniques.

To plan and conduct fundamental experiments of design, analyze the results, and make recommendations based on the analysis. a, b, e, k  

B1: Gathers and uses data to assess processes and products.

To apply basic linear regression techniques in an engineering context. a, k    

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-EAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists using Microsoft Excel and MINITAB, 1st edition. David M. Levine, Patricia P. Ramsey and Robert K. Smidt. Prentice Hall, 2001 (ISBN-10: 0134888014; ISBN-13:9780134888019)


Student Solution Manual: Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
using Microsoft Excel and MINITAB, 1st. David M. Levine edition. Prentice Hall, 2001 (ISBN-10: 0130286818; ISBN-13:9780130286819)

(Note: Unlicensed photocopies of the textbook will not be allowed into lectures or the tests.)


MINITAB, Release 15 or 16, MINITAB, Inc. (
This software is available to you in the CAE center (Windows version).
It can be purchased ($99.99) or rented ($29.99 for 6 months; $49.99 for 12 months) through on the hub (


Probability and Statistics in Engineering, 4th edition
William Hines
Wiley, 2003

Fundamentals of Probability and Statistics for Engineers, 1st edition
T.T. Soong
Wiley, 2004

Engineering Statistics, 3rd edition
Douglas C. Montgomery, George C. Runger, and Norma F. Hubele
Wiley, 2004

Course Coordinator:

Steven Butt
Western Michigan University
E-227 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3356

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
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