MSCI 131 - work design and facilities planning

Upon completion of MSCI 131, students are able to:

  • Analyze and interpret data and charts for work design and facilities planning.
  • Recognize work design principles.
  • Apply analytical techniques to design and improve methods and processes.
  • Implement time study and work measurement techniques.
  • Apply analytical methods for designing facilities including layout, storage/warehousing, and material handling systems.
  • Define objectives and evaluate alternatives for work design and facilities planning.

Motion study and work design

  • Basic motion elements
  • Principles of motion economy

Time study

  • Direct time study
  • Predetermined motion and time systems
  • Standard data systems
  • Work Sampling

Facilities planning

  • Flow analysis
  • Layout design
  • Material handling systems design
  • Warehouse planning and design

Other concepts

  • Ergonomics and human factors
  • Project management
  • Lean production
  • Six Sigma and other quality programs
Improve production and efficiency by reducing time and cost.


Students complete a number of labs in the course, where they get to

  • Conduct operations analysis, time and motion studies, and work design.
  • Design facility layouts and material handling systems.

All labs for this course are held in the Management Engineering Undergraduate Lab, a state-of-the-art learning space.

Remote video URL

Automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) in the Management Engineering Undergraduate Lab.