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Production Operations Models: Development Of A First Experience Graduate Course In Manufacturing Operations

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Partnerships in IE Education

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8.943.1 - 8.943.5



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Jon Marvel

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Session 3657

Production Operations Models: Development of a First Experience Graduate Course in Manufacturing Operations

Jon H. Marvel Grand Valley State University


The Master of Science degree in Engineering at Grand Valley State University offers an emphasis in Manufacturing Operations. As part of the Manufacturing Operations emphasis, students are required to take a sequence of courses in areas such as Production Operations Models, Material Handling and Plant Layout, Manufacturing Simulation, and Manufacturing Work Environments. The design of the Production Operations Models course is structured for students who have industrial experience in manufacturing operations but lack previous exposure to the theoretical models involved in analyzing manufacturing operations. The course is designed to provide a structured flow of materials that represents a variety of production analysis techniques and can be delivered as a one-semester experience. The resulting topical coverage in the course includes some standard production operation topics such as inventory models and MRP systems as well as more current topics in lean manufacturing such as construction of value stream maps and design and implementation of kanban systems.


The objective of this paper is to describe the design of a production operations course that focuses on the current issues and techniques that impacts the competitive position of manufacturing companies while still providing students with the necessary theoretical background to investigate a variety of production related issues. This paper is divided into two main sections. The first section discusses the background of the Manufacturing Operations emphasis at Grand Valley State University that lead to the development of this course. The next section identifies the sequence of topics covered and provides examples of student projects as well as indicating the future direction of the course.

Program Background

The Master of Science in Engineering degree in Manufacturing Operations at Grand Valley State University is a program which is open not only to students which have an undergraduate degree in engineering but also for students who have an undergraduate technology or related physical science degree. This particular degree option was developed to meet the technical and professional development needs of practicing engineers. The M.S. program in Manufacturing Operations is a 33-semester hour program that includes a professional practice component, a series of courses in manufacturing operations, a capstone Masters Project, and approved graduate elective courses. The minimum academic preparation required for entry into the program includes

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Annual Conference and Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Marvel, J. (2003, June), Production Operations Models: Development Of A First Experience Graduate Course In Manufacturing Operations Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12694

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