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Technology Enhanced Course Material For An Introductory Industrial Engineering Course

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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



Conference Session

Innovative Teaching Methods in Industrial Engineering

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8.1093.1 - 8.1093.7



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Robert Ford

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Denise Jackson

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Session: 2357

Technology Enhanced Course Material for an Introductory Industrial Engineering Course

Denise F. Jackson, Ph.D., P.E. and Robert Ford, Ph.D. Department of Industrial Engineering, The University of Tennessee


The purpose of this paper is to present the initial results of work performed on a grant from the University of Tennessee (UT) College of Engineering (COE). This work focused on the technological enhancement of course material for an introductory industrial engineering (IE) course. This phase provided the first module of a new Web-deliverable learning opportunity for industrial engineering undergraduate students. Through this project, we developed an informational Web site on the fundamental tools and techniques of industrial engineering and their application areas, with details on the interaction of Industrial Engineering with people. The web site currently presents background information, examples, and problems on ergonomics, work measurement, and industrial management. Future developments will include modules on money, computers, equipment, processes, and facilities.


Industrial Engineers, like all engineers, are problem-solvers. The problems our graduates encounter in practice rarely fall neatly into a well-defined category such as manufacturing, facilities design, human factors, quality control, etc; however, we tend to teach problem-solving techniques as if they do. Our graduates need to know not only how to use the tools of our profession, but when to use the most appropriate tools for the particular problem they are attempting to solve. IE majors are introduced to these tools in the IE introductory sophomore course.

Industrial engineering has a broad range of applications, in a variety of industries. This web-based system allows students to interactively control their learning pace across these application areas, and progress through them at their own pace. The modules integrate multimedia technology such as graphics, animations, and audio to increase the effectiveness of an interactive learning experience. They do not provide an integrated approach; rather, they provide the fundamental approaches that may be applied in a situation that requires knowledge of multiple areas. The integration of the IE tools and techniques to solve multi-faceted problems is part of the ongoing project development.

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

Ford, R., & Jackson, D. (2003, June), Technology Enhanced Course Material For An Introductory Industrial Engineering Course Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11924

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