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

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IME 4920 - Multidisciplinary Senior Project

Catalog Description:

Open-ended multidisciplinary team projects involving systems design, analysis, or application. Results in a tangible system, written report, and presentation. This course, when completed satisfactorily with IME 4910, is approved as a writing-intensive course which may fulfill the baccalaureate-level writing requirement of the student’s curriculum.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisites: Department approval and “C” or better in IME 4910.

Credits: 2 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 to 0)

Writing-intensive Course Note

IME 4920 is a writing-intensive class in which students prepare multiple documents, including a project description for inclusion in the SEDP brochure; an analytical essay on engineering ethics; reviews of professional lectures or opportunities; a professional poster on the project; and either a full, formal project report or a summary project report. Students also give several oral presentations. These communication activities will be evaluated on the basis of the demonstrated content, technical merit, organization, clarity, correctness, and conventions of professional English. Following expectations in professional settings, students are expected to use conventions of professional written, oral, and visual English for all communication activities. Since this class serves in partial completion of the baccalaureate-level writing requirements, students are required to receive a minimum grade of "C" in this class to fulfill curricular graduation requirements. The quality assessment of these project deliverables will comprise the major portion of your final grade in the class.

IME 4920 fulfills the requirement for Writing Courses (Proficiency 2).

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Working technical knowledge of appropriate domain.
  2. Understanding of the design process as applied to problem solving.
  3. Ability to organize and communicate ideas in written and verbal format.
  4. Familiarity with word processing and presentation software.
  5. Ability to coordinate and communicate with classmates and faculty.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Be able to apply technical tools and skills to develop a solution to a problem. f*  

F1: Define technical problem, compare alternative options, and design a solution.

Be a contributing member of a project team. e*  

E4: Contribute to team products.

Be able to summarize project goals and accomplishments in a format appropriate to situation. g*  

G2: Convey technical information effectively in graphical form (posters, PPT, histograms, FEA outputs, etc.).

Be able to design and effectively deliver a group presentation of ongoing and completed project activities. g*  

G4: Present information in oral format that is well-organized, useful, and effectively delivered.

Seek out and participate in ongoing professional development. h*  

H1: Attend and participate in activities of professional organizations.

Participate in and communicate about professional responsibilities and engineering ethics. i*  

I1: Evaluate the ethical dimensions of professional engineering and technological practices.

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks

Course Coordinator:

Betsy Aller
Western Michigan University
F-227 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3354

Revision Date: Fall 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
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