B.Sc. in Industrial and Systems Engineering

B.Sc. in Industrial and Systems Engineering

The BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), http://www.abet.org

BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering program provides a state-of-art undergraduate education to prepare students for successful and long-standing careers in the competitive global economy. The curriculum, led by world-class teachers, is based on strong fundamentals in operations research and is enriched by coursework that targets the specific needs of local industries. Students gain valuable industrial experience through a summer internship and also have the opportunity to participate in international exchange programs during their junior year.

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Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates will meet the expectations of employers of industrial and systems engineers.
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if they so desire.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students graduating with a BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering degree will attain the following:
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
(g) an ability to communicate effectively.
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues.
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Career Opportunities

Industrial and Systems Engineering make decisions concerning the best use of people, material, equipment, energy, and cost in achieving an organizational aim. They can find work in:

  • the service sector
  • supply chain and logistics
  • health systems
  • military
  • security and intelligence
  • energy
  • high-tech manufacturing
  • transportation
  • oil and petrochemical industries
  • government

Career Specializations

Career specializations include:

  • systems engineer
  • management engineer
  • health system engineer
  • planning and operations manager
  • financial analyst
  • quality and maintenance engineers
  • policy analyst

Program Facilities

  • Human Factors Laboratory
  • Supply Chain Operations Laboratory
  • Production Laboratory
  • lab

Professional Chapters

IISE Student Chapter

The objectives of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)student chapter at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (#671) is to promote the profession and practice of Industrial Engineering through organized effort in study, research and discussion of the fields of Industrial Engineering and the dissemination of knowledge thereby gained.

The goals of the chapter are to:

  • Invite several professionals from Industry to campus to share their experiences and motivate the student body.
  • Organize workshops, field-trips and other academic activities to help the development of student body.
  • Organize and participate in events to help promote the discipline.
  • Organize regional meetings and a conference with other IIE Chapters in the UAE and Middle East and North Africa to network with future colleagues from other universities.

Degree Requirements

To be recommended for graduation with a BSc in Aerospace Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete the courses in the specified curriculum categories. These categories cover the University General Education Requirements (GER, 43 credits), College of Engineering Requirements (CER, 27 credits), as well as the Aerospace Engineering Core and Technical Electives requirements. The length of the program is 139 credits.

Additional Engineering Math/Sciences Requirement (12 credits)

To satisfy the College of Engineering requirements, the BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering curriculum requires the following four Math courses in addition to the Math/Sciences required in GER: CHEM115, PHYS121, PHYS122, MATH111, and MATH112.

Course Code Course Name Credits 
MATH204 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
MATH206 Differential Equations 3 cr.
MATH231 Calculus III 3 cr.
MATH242 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 cr.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Core Requirements (59 credits)

Code Code Course Name Credits 
ISYE200 Engineering Economic Analysis 3 cr.
ISYE201 Introduction to Industrial and Systems Engineering 3 cr.
ISYE251 Operations Research I 4 cr.
ISYE271 Modern Methods of Manufacturing 4 cr.
ISYE311 Quality Control and Reliability 4 cr.
ISYE331 Stochastic Processes 3 cr.
ISYE341 Simulation Modeling and Analysis 4 cr.
ISYE351 Production, Operations, and Inventory Management 3 cr.
ISYE352 Lean Manufacturing 3 cr.
ISYE360 Human Factors and Safety Engineering 4 cr.
ISYE361 Data and Information Engineering 3 cr.
ISYE362 Systems Project Management 3 cr.
ISYE430 Supply Chain and Logistics 4 cr.
ISYE451 Operations Research II 3 cr.
ISYE475 Facilities Planning and Warehousing 4 cr.
ISYE497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr.
ISYE498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr.
ENGR399 Internship 1 cr.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Technical Course Electives (9 credits)

The following is a sample list of courses that will satisfy the technical electives for the BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Students must select a total of nine credits from this list. At most three credits of the technical electives may be at 300-level and at most three credits may be independent study. In addition, courses from the list below may be taken to satisfy the free electives requirement. Additional courses may be approved by the department as technical electives.

Code Code Course Name Credits 
ISYE391 Independent Study I 1-3 cr.
ISYE401 Advanced Systems Engineering 3 cr.
ISYE422 Reliability 3 cr.
ISYE431 Forecasting and Time Series 3 cr.
ISYE432 Advanced Stochastic Processes 3 cr.
ISYE433 Advanced Statistics 3 cr.
ISYE441 Advanced Simulation 3 cr.
ISYE445 Six-Sigma Methodology and Applications 3 cr.
ISYE461 Design of Human-Integrated Systems 3 cr.
ISYE480 Financial Engineering 3 cr.
ISYE481 Procurement and Supply Management 3 cr.
ISYE485 Stochastic Manufacturing and Service Systems 3 cr.
ISYE491 Independent Study II 1-3 cr.
ISYE495 Special Topics in Industrial and Systems Engineering 3 cr.

ISYE 200 Engineering Economic Analysis (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: BUSS 201

This course will introduce economic analysis for the comparison of engineering alternatives to make informed financial decisions. Topics include time value of money, present-worth analysis, annual equivalence analysis, rate-of-return analysis, and methods to address project uncertainty.

ISYE 201 Introduction to Industrial & Systems Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: MATH 112; ENGR 112

This course provides an introduction and overview of various domains in industrial & systems engineering. Students will become familiar with common IE applications including planning & control in manufacturing, operations research, simulation, quality, ergonomics, engineering economics, supply chains and Systems engineering terms, standards, and procedures and acquire knowledge and skills necessary to engineer complex, multi-disciplinary systems.

ISYE 251 Operations Research I (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: MATH 204

This course introduces Operations Research and deterministic mathematical modeling with emphasis on linear programming. Topics include mathematical modeling of industrial problems, graphical interpretation, simplex method, duality and sensitivity analysis; general solution strategies; and utilization of modeling languages and solvers for computer solution.

ISYE 271 Modern Methods of Manufacturing (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: ENGR 112; PHYS 121

This course introduces modern methods of manufacturing with emphasis on processes and techniques such as digital and additive manufacturing to address the interaction of design, materials, energy, and processing. Laboratory instruction and hands-on experience in machining, process planning, economic justification, and current manufacturing methodologies.

ISYE 311 Quality Control & Reliability (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: MATH 242

This course will introduce theory and methods of quality control, system level reliability and maintenance engineering. Topics covered include process capability indices, attributes and variables control charts, time weighted control charts (CUSUM and EWMA), process and improvement with design of experiments, system reliability, availability, maintenance.

ISYE 331 Stochastic Processes (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MATH 204; MATH 206

To learn techniques for modeling stochastic systems, introduce methods for using stochastic models in solving engineering design problems. Analyze probability models that capture short and long term effects of randomness on the systems using a broad range of mathematical and computational tools. Applications such as inventory, reliability, queuing models, and service systems will be discussed.

ISYE 341 Simulation Modeling and Analysis (3-3-4)

Prerequisites: ENGR 112; ISYE 331

Discrete event simulation methodology emphasizing the statistical basis for simulation modeling and analysis. Overview of computer languages and simulation design. Applications include a variety of industrial situations, including manufacturing and logistics simulations.

ISYE 351 Production, Operations and Inventory Management (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MATH 242; ISYE 200; ISYE 251; ISYE 271

This course introduces students to concepts of operations management in manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. The course analyzes the interrelationships among the component blocks of the system: forecasting, inventory models, aggregate planning, production scheduling, material and capacity planning, and operations scheduling. The course also includes an overview of integrated production planning and control including MRP II.

ISYE 352 Lean Manufacturing (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ISYE 271 or MECH 270

This course will introduce students to lean philosophy and tools, and will teach students how to design lean manufacturing systems. It will identify differences between push and pull type manufacturing systems. While the course primarily focuses on manufacturing systems it will also provide basic knowledge needed to design lean service systems.

ISYE 360 Human Factors & Safety Engineering (3-3-4)

Prerequisite: ISYE 201

An introduction to human capabilities and their limitations in engineered systems to increase productivity and work safely. Topics include the range of human motions, senses, and cognitive abilities; the incorporation of the human element into system and product design; communicating critical information to human users; ergonomics and safety in workplace design; safety in workplace.

ISYE 361 Data and Information Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ISYE 201

This course introduces data modeling and the design and implementation of databases to extract and represent information for various industry applications. Topics include relational models and normalization, entity-relationship models, manipulation of data using Structured Query Language, data visualization and analysis tools, and retrieving data from external sources such as ERP systems and data warehouses.

ISYE 362 Systems Project Management (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: BUSS 201

This course presents a systems approach to managing engineering projects. The course objectives includes: gain understanding of essential principles associated with effective project management, application of systems engineering and leadership principles in the day-to-day business environment, acquire skills in defining, planning, initiating and monitoring systems based engineering projects using proven techniques and commonly available computer software tools.

ISYE 391 Independent Study I (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisites: Junior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

ISYE 401 Advanced Systems Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ISYE 201

This course introduces advanced level to systems methodology, design, and management, an overview of systems engineering as a professional and intellectual discipline, and its relation to other disciplines, such as operations research, management science, and economics.

ISYE 422 Reliability (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ISYE 311

To understand and learn system level reliability and maintenance engineering, specific topics include hazard functions, life distributions, censoring, life tables, nonparametric and parametric estimation and inference, accelerated life testing, structure functions, reliability and maintenance systems, replacement theory.

ISYE 430 Supply Chain and Logistics (3-3-4)

Prerequisites: ISYE 351

This course introduces supply chain and logistics concepts integrating theory and methods developed in courses such as production, operations and inventory management and Operations Research. The course emphasis is on understanding the role of supply chains for competitive advantage, when and how these concepts are applied to improve the distribution of goods and services, as well as on using mathematical programming and optimization methods for their adequate implementation.

ISYE 431 Forecasting and Time Series (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: MATH 242

The objective of this course is to teach the students how to model and forecast time series data, using specialized statistical techniques and software. The emphasis will be on the time domain. Topics include: stationarity, time series specification, decomposition and the Box-Jenkins methods, ARMA/ ARIMA, SARIMA models, model estimation, multi-step ahead forecast and forecast error.. This course will provide students with hands-on experience in techniques for modeling and prediction of time series.

ISYE 432 Advanced Stochastic Processes (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ISYE 331

This course covers the analysis and modeling of stochastic processes. Topics include measure theoretic probability, martingales, renewal theory, elements of large deviations theory, Brownian motion, stochastic integration and Ito calculus and functional limit theorems. In addition, the course will go over some applications to finance engineering, insurance, queuing and inventory models.

ISYE 433 Advanced Statistics (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: MATH 242

This course introduces Advanced Inferential Statistics and the conceptual underpinnings of statistical methods and how to apply them to address more advanced problems. Topics covered includes design of experiments, nonparametric statistics, and Bayesian statistics. Learning how to effectively use data and use of statistics-oriented programming language such as R or SAS.

ISYE 441 Advanced Simulation (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ISYE 341

This course provides an advanced treatment of simulation topics focusing on agent-based simulation models and analysis techniques. Topics include large-scale and complex industrial systems; input modeling, output analysis, sensitivity analysis, design of experiments (Taguchi methods), comparison of alternative system configurations.

ISYE 445 Six-Sigma Methodology & Applications (3-0-3)

Prerequisite:MATH 242

This course introduces the concept, deployment and practice of Six-Sigma, Six-Sigma methodologies for process improvement and process/product design including: DMAIC and DMADV methods; overview of different quality management tools applied in Six-Sigma projects; Six-Sigma project management and applications of Six-Sigma tools in real world projects.

ISYE 451 Operations Research II (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ISYE 251

This course will introduce a variety of optimization problems with integer variables and constraints. Topics covered include assignment problems, transportation, transshipment problems, network flows problems, and IP algorithms such as Cutting Planes, Branch & Bound.  Applications include the Knapsack Problem and the Traveling Salesman Problem.  Appropriate Optimization software tools will be used to solve a variety of practical problems.

ISYE 461 Design of Human-Integrated Systems (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: MATH 242

Introduction to the effective design of information technology to support human activity in the workplace.  Topics include general cognitive systems engineering concepts and principles and specific concepts and principles of interface design, task analysis, prototyping, and empirical usability evaluation methods.  Case studies and individual and group design projects help students apply the concepts and principles in domains such as service, management, manufacturing, transportation and control systems.

ISYE 475 Facilities Planning and Warehousing (3-3-4)

Prerequisites: ISYE 351

Design of facilities for the most efficient flow and storage of raw materials, work-in-process, and completed stock through a work place.  Topics include facilities layout planning models, space-activity relationships, materials handling, storage, and warehousing in relation to trends toward reduced inventory, smaller lot sizes, and just-in-time production using current modeling and analysis tools.

ISYE 480 Financial Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: MATH 242; ISYE 251

This is an introductory course on financial engineering, technical difficulty of the subject is kept at a minimum, while the major ideas and concepts underlying modern financial engineering are explained and illustrated. Students will learn about the different types of interest, annuities, debt retirement methods, investing in stocks and bonds. The course covers the binomial model for stock prices, portfolio management, and an elementary introduction to continuous time models and the Black-Scholes formula.

ISYE 481 Procurement and Supply Management (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ISYE 351

Procurement supplies the organization with a flow of materials and services that ensure continuity of supply by maintaining effective relationships with existing sources and by developing other sources of supply either as alternatives or to meet emerging or planned needs. Topics include sourcing strategies, outsourcing, pricing and total cost of ownership.

ISYE 485 Stochastic Manufacturing And Service Systems (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ISYE 331

Models for describing stochastic movements of parts and material in manufacturing facilities, supply chains, inventory systems, and equipment maintenance networks. Analysis of congestion, delays, machine usage, line balancing, equipment availability, inventory ordering policies, and system crashes.  Basics of Markov Chains and queuing theory.

ISYE 491 Independent Study II (Variable course credits from 1 to 3)

Prerequisites: Senior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an upper level undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group project, study, or research activity under the supervision of a faculty member.  A formal report is required.

ISYE 495 Special Topics in Industrial Engineering (3-0-3)

Prerequisites: Senior standing and approval of the department

This course gives an undergraduate student the opportunity to participate in an individual or group oriented project, study and/or research study under direction of a faculty member. A formal report is required.

ISYE 497 Senior Design Project (1-6-3)

Prerequisites: ISYE 311; ISYE 341

Participation in team projects dealing with design and development of a product or a system. Number of project will be offered each year by the different departments, some of which will have a multi-disciplinary nature. This will be an opportunity to exercise initiative, engineering judgment, self-reliance and creativity, in a team environment similar to industry. The design projects require students to draw upon their engineering background, experience, and other pertinent resources. Oral and written presentations are required.

ISYE 498 Senior Design Project II (0-9-3)

Prerequisite:ISYE 497

Continuation of ISYE 497.

The following is a typical study sequence for a student enrolled in the B.Sc. in Industrial and Systems Engineering program:

  Fall Spring
Year 1 ENGL 111  Academic Communication I 4 cr ENGL 112  Academic Communication II 4 cr
MATH 111  Calculus I 4 cr MATH 112  Calculus II 4 cr
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I 4 cr PHYS 121  University Physics I 4 cr
ENGR 111  Engineering Design 4 cr ENGR 112  Introduction to Computing with C++ 4 cr
Summer HUMA XXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr
Year 2 MATH 204 Linear Algebra 3 cr MATH 231 Calculus III 3 cr
MATH 242 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 cr ISYE 200  Engineering Economic Analysis 3 cr
PHYS 122  University Physics II 4 cr ISYE 251 Operations Research I 4 cr
ISYE201  Intro to Industrial & Systems Engineering 3 cr ISYE 271 Modern Methods of Manufacturing 4cr
BUSS 201 Fundamentals of Accounting & Finance 3 cr MATH 206 Differential Equations 3 cr
Summer HUMA XXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr
Year 3 ISYE 311  Quality Control & Reliability 4 cr ENGR 311  Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Engineering Design 4 cr
ISYE 331 Stochastic Processes 3 cr ISYE 362  Systems Project Management 3 cr
ISYE 351 Production, Operations and Inventory Management 3 cr ISYE 341 Simulation Modeling and Analysis 4 cr
ISYE 361 Data and Information Engineering 3 cr ISYE 352 Lean Manufacturing 3 cr
Free Elective 3 cr ISYE 360 Human Factors and Safety Engineering 4 cr
Summer ENGR 399 Engineering Internship 1 cr

Year 4

ISYE 430 Supply Chain and Logistics 4 cr HUMA XXX Humanities and Social Sciences* 3 cr
Technical Elective 3 cr BUSS 301 Corporate Leadership and Human Resource Management 3 cr
ISYE 451  Operations Research II 3 cr Technical Elective 3 cr
Technical Elective 3 cr ISYE 475  Facilities Planning & Warehousing 4 cr
ISYE 497 Senior Design Project I 3 cr ISYE 498 Senior Design Project II 3 cr
Total Credits 138

*At least one Islamic Studies course must be taken from the Humanities Electives to meet graduation requirements. BUSS 322 cannot be used to satisfy Business elective requirement.

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