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

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IME 3150 - Work Analysis and Design Lab

Catalog Description:

The purpose of this design course is to use in a laboratory setting introductory principles of work analysis, design and measurement. Major topics include human factors, work design principles, work environment, economic justification, work measurement and the design process. NOT FOR ENGINEERING CREDIT.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: IME 3050 or taken concurrently.

Credits: 1 hour

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (0 - 3)

Prerequisites by Topic:

Students are expected to have the following abilities:

  1. Basic knowledge of methods engineering, measurement of human work systems, techniques for operational analysis, work measurement, and work sampling. Working knowledge of basic predetermined motion-time systems and standard data development are expected.
  2. Effectively communicate (written and oral).
  3. Basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, World Wide Web, and Email.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-EAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Apply the knowledge skills and abilities learned in Work Design (IME 305) and apply them to an industrial base problem.

b, f


B3: Uses appropriate engineering, sciences, and/or mathematical tools for problem solving (OR, statics, materials).

F5: Demonstrate the ability to make sound judgments regarding technical aspects of engineering technology problems.

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-EAC 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, Twelfth Edition. (Reference)

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
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
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