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Industrial Engineering for Business Improvement


This module provides an introduction to the Industrial Engineering (IE) tools/techniques under consideration when examining people at work in an office, a manufacturing facility or a retail /service organisation. Students will gain an appreciation of the ways in which these tools and techniques can be used to fully support the Business objectives. Opportunities are provided for students to explore applications of the tools and techniques in different situations, in order to understand their use and effectiveness


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • Critically Evaluate the range of Industrial Engineering tools and techniques in reducing non-value added work in all its contexts ( physical and cognitive ).
  • Demonstrate and where applicable synthesise, key elements of this specialised field of study with other relevant disciplines to promote better organisational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Initiate, formulate and defend suitable plans for change within a variety of business contexts.


  • Productivity
  • Method Study - Evaluation and Improvement Opportunities
  • Facilities Layout Design – Key Drivers
  • Work Measurement Techniques – DTM, AS, PMTS, SYN & EST
  • Approaches/Negotiation of Change – Tactics worth considering
  • Motivation and Employee Performance
  • Health and Safety – Risk Assessment Quantification
  • Ergonomics/Stress/Job Specification Analysis
  • Standards, Cost Control, Budgeting and Financial Evaluations of Proposals
  • Simulation, Queuing Theory and Practice, Linear Programming
  • Activity Sequencing – Time Consumption and Delay Evaluation


Post Module Assignment: 3500 words maximum (70% weighting)

In Module Assignment: Power Point based in module exercise including Screen shots / xls calculations (30% weighting)


1 week (37.5 hours of lectures, 2.5 hours Extended Class exercise)