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 X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
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 Adequate knowledge in mathematics, science and computing fields; ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge of these fields in solving engineering problems related to information systems.
2 Ability to identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; selecting and applying proper analysis and modeling techniques for this purpose.
3 Ability to design a complex system, process, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions to meet specific requirements; ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4 Ability to develop, select and use modern techniques and tools necessary for the analysis and solution of complex problems encountered in information systems engineering applications; ability to use information technologies effectively.
5 Ability to gather data, analyze and interpret results for the investigation of complex engineering problems or research topics specific to the information systems discipline.
6 Ability to work effectively in inter/inner disciplinary teams; ability to work individually.
7 a. Effective oral and written communication skills in Turkish; ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, to prepare design and production reports, to make effective presentations, to give and receive clear and understandable instructions. b. Knowledge of at least one foreign language; ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, to prepare design and production reports, to make effective presentations, to give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8 Recognition of the need for lifelong learning; the ability to access information and follow recent developments in science and technology with continuous self-development.
9 a. Ability to behave according to ethical principles, awareness of professional and ethical responsibility. b. Knowledge of the standards utilized in information systems engineering applications.
10 a. Knowledge on business practices such as project management, risk management and change management. b. Awareness about entrepreneurship, and innovation. c. Knowledge on sustainable development.
11 a. Knowledge of the effects of information systems engineering applications on the universal and social dimensions of health, environment, and safety. b. Awareness of the legal consequences of engineering solutions.
12 An ability to design, develop, operate and manage cost-effective information systems by assembling the most appropriate software and hardware, arranging appropriate personnel, and defining necessary procedures, in order to enable public and private sector organizations to do their jobs more effectively and be more competitive.
13 Skills in finding solutions to business problems using information technologies.

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