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

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IME 3050 - Work Analysis

Catalog Description:

Methods engineering and measurement of human work systems. Techniques for operation analysis, work measurement, and work sampling. Predetermined basic motion-time systems and standard data development are introduced. NOT FOR ENGINEERING CREDIT.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

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, percentiles.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

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



K3: Considers the role of time in the design process, in decision making, and/or in manufacturing and service processes.

Design and redesign tasks and workstations to fit employees.




Adequately apply standard work measurement techniques to various work environments.



C2: Uses experiments and their results to improve a process.

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Konz & Johnson (2008). Work Design, Occupational Ergonomics. Holcomb Hathaway, Seventh Edition.


Niebel, Benjamin, and Freivalds, Andris (2003). Methods, Standards, and Work Design. McGraw Hill, Eleventh Edition.

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
Western Michigan University
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