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

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IME 2620 - Probability for Engineers

Catalog Description:

Introduction to probability emphasizing applications in engineering. Topics include the use of discrete and continuous random variables, Goodness of Fit Tests, fitting of distributions, and elementary stochastic processes. This course is cross-listed with STAT 2620.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: IME 2610 and MATH 2720 with concurrency.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  • IME 2610 - Engineering Statistics
  • MATH 2720 (or concurrent) - Differential and Integral Multivariate Calculus

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-EAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

To apply the basic rules and theorems of probability theory to engineering problems. a, e, k  

E2: Uses tools to optimize product designs and processes.

To appropriately choose, define and/or derive probability distributions for use in engineering models. a, k  

K1: Selects appropriate tools throughout the design process.

To develop functions of random variables that can be used in decision making. a, c, k  

A1: Applies appropriate statistical techniques.

To construct and utilize basic quality models for the management, control, and improvement of systems and processes. a, b, c, k  

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

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-EAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


A First Course in Probability, 8th edition, Sheldon Ross, Prentice Hall, 2010 (ISBN-10: 013603313X; ISBN-13:9780136033134)

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 edition, David M. Levine
Prentice Hall, 2001 (ISBN-10: 0130286818; ISBN-13:9780130286819)


Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers, 4th edition, Douglas C. Montgomery and George C. Runger, Wiley, 2007

Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists, 2nd edition. Anthony J. Hayter, PWS Publishing, 2002.


MINITAB Statistical Software, Release 15, Minitab, Inc., 2008

Crystal Ball 2008, Oracle Corporation, 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065

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

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
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