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

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IME 4010 - Entrepreneurial Engineering III

Facilities Planning and Logistics

Catalog Description:

This course explores how traditional industrial engineering topics such as supply chain management, facility layout and location are relevant to entrepreneurial engineers. The course prepares students to effectively practice entrepreneurial engineering.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite:  IME 3010

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3 - 0)

Course Learning Objectives:

The course is designed to accomplish a number of objectives over the next fifteen weeks. Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize your own entrepreneurial potential and how that potential can be applied in a variety of professional contexts; assess your own creative problem-solving style.
  2. Appreciate the requirements surrounding the creation of a new venture, the kinds of obstacles encountered, and approaches for overcoming those obstacles.
  3. Appreciate and master the issues surrounding implementation of an entrepreneurial idea.

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-EAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Acquire competence in entrepreneurial engineering


L2: Develops financial analyses and business plans, market strategy, pricing strategy.

Understand the tools and techniques of designing and planning a new facility


C3: Develops appropriate design parameters (use, dimensions, economics, life cycle) considering identified constraints and criteria.

Gaining a better understanding of the logistics and supply chain management


J4: Assess the possibility of entering a global marketplace.

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-EAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks


  1. Instructor Notes on “Are you an Entrepreneur?”
  2. Instructor Notes on “Facilities Layout and Material Handling”
  3. Harvard Business School Case Studies
  4. Different web resources relevant to the course material.

Course Coordinator:

Azim Houshyar
Western Michigan University
E-219 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3363

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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