Sunday, May 13, 2007

Industrial Engineering (Human Effort Engineering) – Sixth Term

In sixth term all compulsory courses deal with managerial tasks of industrial engineers.

Sixth Term Subjects

Productivity and Quality Management
Project Management
Occupation Health and Safety Management
Elective 4:
Elective 5:
Elective 6:

Productivity and Quality Management

Productivity is the one of the important objectives of Industrial Engineering. In my paper I argued that productivity is a multi-dimensional concept and quality is included in it. But because quality management is a highly developed subject, in the subject title it was specially included. Management of productivity and quality that results from the man-machine system is the responsibility of IE department. Routine inspection is a responsibility of production system operation and management department. But if quality levels go down, industrial engineers have to take up responsibility. Productivity and incentives have a linkage. Job evaluation and wage incentives are to be discussed in this subject.

Project Management

Industrial engineers have to manage IE studies and work system design projects. Many times, IE department along with production engineering department have to take up the responsibility of installing the production system. Hence project management becomes an important functional management area to be learned by IE students.

Occupation Health and Safety Management

Along with productivity, comfort, safety and health of operators are important objectives of industrial engineering. The managerial dimensions of these objectives are to be explored in this subject.

List of Electives – A Quick Attempt (Visitors Please suggest more)

Elective Groups

Human Sciences Group
Decision Sciences Group
Industrial Engineering Group
Technology Group
Business Management Group

Subjects in Various Groups

Human Sciences Group

Industrial Psychology
Industrial Sociology
Physiology of Work
Occupational Pathology
Human Behaviour at Work

Decision Sciences Group

Industrial Statistics
Advanced Mathematics
Operations Research
Business Economics
Managerial Economics

Industrial Engineering Group

Research Methods in Industrial Engineering
Project Management for Work System Installation
Simulation for Industrial Engineering
Job Evaluation and Wage Incentives
Industrial Engineering in Agriculture
Industrial Engineering in Heavy Engineering Industry
Industrial Engineering in Software Factories
Human-Computer Interface
Knowledge Work Industrial Engineering

Technology Group

Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Air Conditioning and Climate Control
Environmental Engineering

Business Management Group

Production Management
Production Planning and Control
Marketing Management
Marketing Research
Financial Management
Project Finance
Advanced Project Management
Materials Management
Procurement Management
Supply Chain Management
Human Resource Management
Organization Behaviour
Value Engineering
Engineering and Technology Management
Strategic Management
Cost Accounting
Financial Accounting

For some of the elective subjects proposed, the subject content is to be specified by me. I shall do it in subsequent posts. In due course, I also propose to develop a list of books, research papers, Phd and MS thesis, and magazine articles which can be used in developing the course content for the courses proposed afresh by me.

The last term in the curriculum of NITIE is 16 week duration project.

All visitors of the blog are requested to post their comments on any issue raised in this curriculum proposal. Comments can be sent by mail (, if you do not have google account to post comments directly.

For Curriculum of First Term:

For Curriculum of Second Term:

For Curriculum of Third Term

For curriculum of Fourth Term

For curriculum of Fifth Term


KVSSNrao said...

Vidhya Ram said...
Dear N Rao,

You have done a great effort and a good start.

NITIE is know to be one of the best institute in Asia for IE and Supply Chain management. So the future efforts should be to make it the best in the world.

The direction ahead would be in understanding what the industry wants and need from the course at NITIE rather then what the foreign universities like Stanford have in there curriculum. Rather specifically we need to understand what the Indian industry aspires from at institute like NITIE.

Please note my findings fro the Stanford website:


The Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management is concerned with how best to organize resources -- people, money, and materials -- to produce and distribute successful products and services. Degree programs in IEEM are designed to equip students with strong theoretical backgrounds, but are oriented toward applied problem solving.

Areas of teaching and research specialty in the department include:

Production and Operations Management -- The design, scheduling and control of production and operating systems using mathematical, computational, and other analytical techniques.

Financial Decision Making -- Use of financial models and analytical procedures for evaluating investment and financing decisions by firms.

Engineering Risk Analysis -- Engineering design decisions under uncertainty, systems reliability, and economics of safety and risk management.

Organizational Design, Control, and Management -- Behavior of the individual, the work group, and the organization as they relate to issues of design, motivation, attitudes, productivity, performance evaluation and control.

Engineering Management -- Management of technology and other issues peculiar to technology-based firms.

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering is planned to serve those students whose long-run objective is the planning, design, and implementation of complex economic and technological management systems where a scientific or engineering background is necessary or desirable. Engineering fundamentals are stressed. There is also a heavy emphasis on the use of mathematical and statistical modeling.

Sophomore year courses include: probability, engineering-economy, accounting, and computer science (two quarters). Junior year courses include: statistical inference, introduction to operations research (two quarters), quality control and assurance, manufacturing systems design, and organizational theory and management. Senior year courses include: introduction to financial decisions, analysis of production and operating systems, introduction to information systems and electives. In addition, an IEEM senior takes a one-quarter group project course which gives the student the opportunity to formulate and solve problems and implement solutions for organizations in the surrounding community.

In addition to the B.S.I.E. degree, the IEEM Department offers a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management"

The thing to be noted is that even a institute like Stanford doesn't offer a course on Industrial engineering alone but offers a course on "Industrial engineering and Management". Further the course that is offered is to undergraduates while that at NITIE is for post graduates.

Hopefully my comments would be acknowledged and noted.

Best wishes


1:02 AM

Vidhya Ram said...
Dear N Rao,

More then the restructuring of the course branding of NITIE is a major problem. This is a fact agreed by cooperate as well as the alumni.

I think the efforts should be at a proper brand positioning. The name of the institute can be changed to National institute of Management.

With proper branding NITIE would give a tough fight to institutes like IIM's and ISB.

Please also acknowledge the fact that the entry level for NITIE is first class engineers, which is a major plus point for NITIE.


1:12 AM

KVSSNrao said...
Dear Mr Vidhya Ram

Thanks for posting your comments. My curriculum proposal is for industrial engineering in general around the world. My understanding of history of the subject is that scientific management and industrial engineering got separated. Industrial engineering could not maintain its focus and drifted into various areas and diluted its brand.

But your comments prompt me to study the history in much more detail.

Coming to specific NITIE context, now that NITIE has an Industrial Management course, it is more appropriate that Industrial Engineering course has more focus on IE. When I was a student at NITIE, we were told that 3 streams were available for choice. IE, Production Management and Systems or Systems and OR.

Regarding NITIE branding, it is definitely an issue many are advocating. My own thinking is that we are not able to connect the areas that we teach, provide training and research with achievements of alumni in that area. If we are able to do that, emphasize the areas that we specialise in and then show to the world how our alumni are achieving excellent results, our brand speaks for itself.

For example, we taught Information systems subjects may be even in third and fourth batches and some of our alumni are now managing directors and directors of various IT companies. But NITIE is not in a position to link NITIE areas with their achievement and position NITIE as a very key player in IT industry.

Let me think more deeply about your comments. My comments are more in the nature of acknowledging your suggestions.

5:06 AM

KVSSNrao said...

Subsequent to my comments on this page I found a book on Industrial Engineering published by Going in 1911 and started study of it.