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

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IME 3280 - Quality Assurance and Control

Catalog Description:

Techniques of controlling quality in manufacturing systems. Topics include organization of quality, methods of measurement, and basic statistical tools. NOT FOR ENGINEERING CREDIT.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite: STAT 2160 or 2600 or IME 2610.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 to 0)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Basic electronic communication skills; word processing, electronic spreadsheet, internet access, E-Mail
  2. Working knowledge of descriptive statistics, mean, variance, graphical display methods, probability (STAT 2160, 2600, or equivalent)
  3. Working knowledge of inferential statistics; estimation, hypothesis testing, regression (STAT 2160, 2600, or equivalent)

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies. b  

B2: Applies appropriate statistical techniques.

Ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems. f  

F4: Did you improve your ability to solve real problems in this field? 3.25 or higher on ICES #176

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Mitra, A., Fundamentals of Quality Control and Improvement, John Wiley & Sons., Inc., 2008; ISBN 978-0-470-22653-7; optional.


MINITAB, Version 16, MINITAB, Inc., 3081 Enterprise Drive, State College, PA, 16801.

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
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