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

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IME 3160 - Report Preparation

Catalog Description:

Learning techniques and procedures for preparation of technical documents. Intensifying critical, analytical process of thinking, and executing writing and oral strategies for different situations. This course is approved as a writing-intensive course which may fulfill the baccalaureate-level writing requirement of the student’s curriculum.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: IME 1020, junior standing.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

IME 3160 fulfills the requirement for Writing Courses (Proficiency 2).

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

EAC/TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Demonstrate knowledge of business formats for letters, memorandums, and short reports through clear, concrete, and concise writing both individually and as part of a team


G3/g3: Compose a series of correctly formatted and clearly written letters, memorandums, and proposals

Understand the ethical implications of report writing


F2/i2: As part of a group, explore NSPE Code of Ethics and write a report based on findings 

Develop employment skills following current practices for résumés and cover letters


I3/h3: Identify a specific technical job and write an appropriate cover letter and résumé that reflects current practices

Incorporate research into reports using electronic and print media and verify and document those resources appropriately


G3/g3: Investigate a specific topic related to intended major and compose a selected review of literature following APA guidelines for documentation

Present ideas in writing and orally in an organized, concise, and effective manner individually and as part of a team


G2, G4/g2, g4: As part of a group, identify three poorly designed graphics, analyze the flaws, and correct the graphics appropriately with results presented in both a written and an oral report

Intensify critical and analytical thinking as expressed in written forms meeting baccalaureate level writing criteria


G1, G3, G4/g1, g3, g4: As part of a group, conduct a survey, analyze the results, and present findings in both a formal written report and an oral presentation

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-EAC/TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Harty, K. (2011). Strategies for business and technical writing (7th ed.). New York: Pearson-Longman.

Aaron. (2008). The Little, Brown essential handbook (6th ed.). New York: Pearson-Longman.

Course Coordinator:

Mr. Thomas Swartz
Master Faculty Specialist
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Office: CEAS F-224
Phone: 276-3376

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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