Work Study and Design (IE411) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Work Study and Design IE411 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Observation Case Study, Team/Group.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Instructor Hande Eryılmaz
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The objective is to develop the understanding of overall work study process, that is, the design of work and its measurement to achieve a specific performance/ productivity level. It aims to provide both analytical thinking skills and practical tools to solve related work study problems through various case studies, class discussions and team work.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Students will be able to, clearly, define what is work study and its importance.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the relation between method study and time study; define the steps of a work study project and select the relevant method(s) for evaluating alternative outcomes.
  • Students will be able to employ lean methods within a work study project.
  • Students will be able to identify and define the problems of a current work with respect to its effectiveness and efficiency in real life situations.
  • Students will be able to develop a new design for a work which will improve productivity of the related area within a company.
Course Content Introduction to work study, concepts of affectivity and efficiency, meanings of method study and work measurement and how they are related, methodology for a work study project, measurement, observation and recording tools and techniques, integration with concepts of waste elimination, work simplification, lean production, cost and creation of perf

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to work study. Frievalds and Niebel pg.1-70
2 How the total time of a job is made up. Excess work content and ineffective time. Frievalds and Niebel pg.71-123
3 Reasons for excess work content and ineffective time. How to eliminate them. Groover pg.7-19
4 Work Study: History and basic definitions for Method study (Motion study) and Time study. Barnes pg. 12-22
5 Work Study: Techniques used. Basic procedure. Importance of human factor in work study applications. Qualifications required by the work study man. Groover pg.259-270 Frievalds and Niebel pg.125-175 Barnes pg. 174-237
6 Method Study/Design: Macro motion & micro motion studies. How to select a subject job. Problem areas related with product flow (layout, movement of materials, movement of workers etc). Recording and examining. Tools and techniques. Barnes pg.35-87 Groover pg.232-259
7 Method Study/Design: Developing the improved method. Problems related with work stations. Operation analysis. Work station design. Barnes pg.87-116 Frievalds pg. 125-175
8 Time Study/Work Measurement: Definition, purpose, uses, basic procedure, techniques Barnes pg.257-287
9 Time Study/Work Measurement: Work sampling, time study equipment, selecting and timing the job, rating. Barnes pg.305-336 Frievalds pg.545-575 Groover pg.422-443
10 Midterm
11 Time Study/Work Measurement: From time study to standard time, setting time standards for work with machines. Frievalds pg. 439-475 Barnes pg.305-287 Groover pg. 59-107
12 Time Study/Work Measurement: Predetermined time standards, standard data, and the use of time standards. Frievalds pg. 499-543 Groover pg. 342-395
13 Economics and Applications of Time Standards Groover s. 459-483
14 Worker motivation and performance appraisal Modern Management Practices Groover pg. 685-732 Frievalds pg. 623-668
15 Case studies Suzaki
16 Final


Course Book 1. Barnes, Ralph M., Motion and Time Study Design and measurement of Work, 7th Edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1980.
Other Sources 2. Fred E. Meyers, James R. Steward, Motion and Time Study for Lean Manufacturing, Third edition, Prentice Hall, 2002.
3. Frievalds, A., Niebel, B.W., Niebel’s Methods, Standards and Work Design, McGrawHill, 12th Edition, 2009.
4. Groover, M.P., Work Systems and the Methods, Measurement and Management of Work, Pearson, 2007.
5. Kanawaty, G. (Çeviren: Akal, Z.), İş Etüdü, MPM Yayınları, 2004.
6. International Labor Office, Introduction to Work Study, Third (revised) edition, GENEVA, 1979.
7. Kiyoshi Suzaki, The New Manafacturing Challenge, Simon and Schuster, 1987.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 4 10
Presentation - -
Project 1 15
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 35
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 7 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses X
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to Industrial Engineering; an ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge to model and solve engineering problems.
2 An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; an ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods.
3 An ability to design a complex system, process, tool or component to meet desired needs within realistic constraints; an ability to apply modern design.
4 An ability to develop, select and put into practice techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice; an ability to use information technology effectively.
5 An ability to design, conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for the study of complex engineering problems or disciplinary research topics. X
6 An ability to work individually, on teams, and/or on multidisciplinary teams.
7 Ability to communicate effectively in Turkish orally and in writing; knowledge of at least one foreign language; effective report writing and understand written reports, preparing design and production reports, making effective presentations, giving and receiving clear and understandable instruction.
8 A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning; an ability to use information-seeking tools and to follow the improvements in science and technology.
9 An ability to behave according to the ethical principles, an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. Information on standards used in industrial engineering applications.
10 Knowledge of business applications such as project management, risk management and change management. A recognition of entrepreneurship, innovativeness. Knowledge of sustainable improvement.
11 Information on the effects of industrial engineering practices on health, environment and security in universal and societal dimensions and the information on the problems of the in the field of engineering of the era. Awareness of the legal consequences of engineering solutions.
12 An ability to design, development, implementation and improvement of integrated systems that include human, materials, information, equipment and energy.
13 Knowlede on appropriate analytical, computational and experimental methods to provide system integration.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 2 28
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Project 1 20 20
Homework Assignments 4 5 20
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 4 4
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 6 6
Total Workload 126