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

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IME 4910 - Multidisciplinary Senior Proposal

Catalog Description:

Problem definition, project planning and scheduling, follow-up and control techniques. Results in presentation and plan for multidisciplinary senior project. This course, when completed satisfactorily with IME 4920, is approved as a writing-intensive course which may fulfill the baccalaureate-level writing requirement of the student’s curriculum.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: Department approval.

Credits: 2 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 to 0)

IME 4910 is a communication-intensive class in which students will prepare multiple documents, including a resume, a project objectives statement, a technical research review, and a final project proposal, with smaller progress reports along the way. Students also give several oral presentations. The quality assessment of this communication material will comprise the majority of the student’s final average in the class. Documents will be evaluated on the basis of the demonstrated content, format, technical merit, clarity, and conventions of professional written English. Since this class, when completed satisfactorily with IME 4920, will serve in partial completion of the baccalaureate-level writing requirements, the student will be required to receive a minimum grade of "C" in this class to fulfill curricular graduation requirements.

IME 4910 fulfills the requirement for Writing Courses (Proficiency 2).

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Working technical knowledge of appropriate domain.
  2. Ability to organize and communicate ideas in written and verbal format.
  3. Familiarity with word processing and presentation software.
  4. Ability to coordinate and communicate with classmates and faculty.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Effectively research and communicate career objectives and goals h*  

H2: Demonstrates understanding of current job market and job search process

Communicate project goals, objectives, scope, and customer requirements d*  

D5: Identifies customer needs and performance criteria

Use project management tools, including activity duration techniques (CPM, etc.) and Gantt charts, to keep project activities on schedule k*  

K2: Uses project management tools to assist in completion of project in a timely fashion

Be a contributing member of a project team. e*, g  

E2: Researches and gathers information for team project

Effectively communicate project problem, background, research, and plan in a professional written report. g*  

G3: Presents information in writing that is well-organized, addresses objectives, and meets required standards of grammar and language rules

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


All materials and handouts provided by Dr. Aller are required reading.

Course Coordinator:

Betsy Aller
Western Michigan University
F-227 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3354

Revision Date: Fall 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
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