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

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IME 2050 - Work Design

Catalog Description:

Design of jobs and work environments in business and industry. Topics include techniques for job design, ergonomics in the workplace, and work measurement. A semester project requiring the design of a work station is required.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: IME 1020 and MATH 1220 or 1700. Corequisite: Recommended, IME 2610.

Credits: 4 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Principles of objective presentation of factual material, logical organization,
    summarization, ethical practices, information gathering techniques, oral
    communications, and listening through practical applications. (IME 1020).
  2. Basic knowledge of spreadsheets, drafting software, presentation software,
    World Wide Web, and Email.
  3. Basic knowledge of statistics; mean, standard deviation, and percentiles.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-EAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Analyze and evaluate the productivity of people and machines in manual and semi-automated environment.

A, B


A2: Uses appropriate engineering, science, and mathematical tools for decision making (OR, statics, materials).

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

Apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities learned in Work Design and apply them to an industry-based problem.



E4: ICES #176: Ability to solve real problems

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-EAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Frievalds, A., (2009). Neibel's Methods, Standards and Work Design, 12th Ed. McGraw Hill.

Course Coordinator:

Tycho Fredericks
Western Michigan University
E-223 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3360

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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