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

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IME 3420 - Ergonomics and Design

Catalog Description:

An introduction to ergonomics affording students the necessary knowledge essential for the psychological and anthropometrical development leading to good design. Emphasis is placed on health and safety. A design project is required.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Basic knowledge of statistics; means, standard deviations, and percentiles.
  2. Basic knowledge of presentation software, worldwide web, and Email

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-EAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Accurately recognize and evaluate hazards (ergonomic in nature) which are likely to cause occupational illnesses or injuries.

e, j


J1: Researches current topics in the industrial engineering discipline.

Design and redesign tasks, products, and/or workstations to fit intended users

c, e, k, l


L1: Applies product design processes.

Apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities obtained in IME 3420 into an industry based project

a, d, e, g, i, k


D1: Demonstrates follow-through on team commitments (peer reviews, meeting minutes)

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-EAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


Kroemer, K.H.E., and Grandjean, E., (1999). Fitting the Task to the Human, 5th Ed., Taylor & Francis.


Freivalds, A., (2009). Neibel’s Methods, Standards and Work Design, 12th Ed.. McGraw Hill.

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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