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

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IME 1220 - Automobile in Society


Catalog Description:

Applications of principles of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Technology applied to the automobile. Topics included are: Occupant Protections, Vehicle Control, Physical Strength and Durability of Drivers, Power Production, Global Warming, Power Transmission, Energy Storage and Retrieval, Air Pollution, Use and Re-use of Natural Resources, Choices dealing with Vehicle Selection, Purchase Options, Insurance, Productivity, Maintenance, Societal Consequences and a history of the industry’s record of successes and failures.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)


Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2

 

Performance Criteria Measured1

Evaluate past, current, and projected use patterns of automobile use in the U.S., and their effect on resource use, GDP, cost, and the environment.

d, i , j*  

J5: Demonstrates understanding of technology in society.

Evaluate vehicular use and life style changes that can reduce automobiles’ negative impact, while allowing positive aspects to occur.

d, i , j*  

J5: Demonstrates understanding of technology in society.

Evaluate source, technology, processes, and politics of producing fuels.

d, j*  

J5: Demonstrates understanding of technology in society.

Evaluate current and future technologies of alternative fuels, power plants, and drive lines.

d  

 

Evaluate current and future vehicle body / seating as a means to reduce traffic, space requirements.

d  

 

Apply science to energy use reduction, improved vehicle safety, reduced environmental impact.

c, j*  

J5: Demonstrates understanding of technology in society.

Evaluate effects of manufacturers, government, and cost intervention in design.      

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at http://www.wmich.edu/ime/performance-criteria.html

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at http://www.abet.org/

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Textbooks:

Riley, Robert Q. Alternative Cars in the 21st Century. 2004. Warrendale, PA: SAE. ISBN 0-7680-0874-3


Course Coordinator:

James VanDePolder
Western Michigan University
F-230 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3378
Email: james.vandepolder@wmich.edu


Revision Date: Summer 2011

 

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