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

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IME 3120 - Systems Decision Making

Catalog Description:

Investigating decision-making opportunities while incorporating mathematical models and environmental factors such as time, uncertainty, constraints, and multiple goals. Specific emphasis is placed on analyzing problems using a systems approach. Topics include systems analysis, operations research methodologies, dynamic systems, and the application of a variety of computer tools to aid the decision making process.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: STAT 2600 or IME 2610.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Define a system under consideration a    
Be able to create a graphical representation of a system f    
Apply mathematical modeling tools to solve a problem a*  

A3: Applies systems tools (LP, MSM) to model and solve problems

Be able to represent and solve problems posed by dynamic systems g*  

G3: Presents info in writing that is well organized, addresses objectives, and meets standards of grammar and language roles

Develop descriptive models of systems (waiting lines and simulation) b*  

B3: Uses appropriate science and mathematical tools for decision making (OR, statistics, materials)

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


The Art of Modeling with Spreadsheets Excel 2007 Update, Stephen G. Powell and Kenneth Baker, Wiley, 2009

Course Coordinator:

David Lyth
Western Michigan University
E-222 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3368

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
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