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Work System Design


Work System Design deals with the systematic examination of the methods of doing work with an aim of finding the means of effective and efficient use of resources and setting up of standards of performance for the work being carried out. The systematic examination of work involves  what is done? And how it is done? As well as what is the standard time to do the work? This is required to have an in-depth analysis of all the elements, factors, resources and relationships affecting the efficiency and effectiveness of the work being studied. The course also aims at scientifically establishing the time required for a qualified worker to carry out a work element at a defined rate of working. Ergonomic aspects of work system design are also included in the course contents. The scope of this course is not only limited to the manufacturing applications but it is also relevant for service sector industry.

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: U.G/P.G. students of B.Tech/B.E/BBA, BBM/MBA/PGD courses in Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Management. Working professionals in the field of operations/shop floor management


UG/PG: UG and PG

PREREQUISITES: No-prerequisite, any student enrolled for a UG/PG degree in any discipline of Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, BBA, BBM, MBA or any working professional.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: All the industries using work system theory to improve their productivity and effectiveness.


Dr. Inderdeep Singh is currently working as Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He has taught among others, the industrial engineering courses such as Production Planning and Control, Product Design and Development, Work System Design, Industrial Management and Quality Management. He has been actively involved in the National Mission Project on Education Through ICT (NME-ICT) of Government of India. He has completed four video and one web course under the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). He has developed suitable pedagogical methods for two under-graduate courses of Mechanical Engineering.


Week 1: Work System Design: Introduction,Introduction and Concept of Productivity, Measurement   of Productivity, Productivity Measures, Productivity Measurement Models

Week 2:    Factors Influencing Productivity, Causes of Low Productivity, Productivity Measurement Models, Productivity Improvement Techniques, Numerical Problems on productivity, Case study on productivity.

Week 3: Work Study: Basic Concept, Steps Involved in Work Study, Concept of Work Content, , Techniques of Work Study, Human Aspects of Work Study

Week 4: Method Study: Basic Concept, Steps Involved in Method Study, Recording Techniques, Operation Process Charts, Operation Process Charts: Examples.

Week 5: Flow Process Charts, Flow Process Charts: Examples, Two-Handed-Process Charts, Multiple Activity Charts, Flow Diagrams.

Week 6: String Diagrams, Principles of Motion Economy, Micro-Motion   Study, Therbligs, SIMO Charts

Week 7: Memo-Motion Study, Cycle graph and Chrono-Cycle Graph, Critical Examination Techniques, Development and Selection of New Method, Installation and Maintenance of Improved Methods.

Week 8: Work Measurement: Basic Concept, Techniques of Work Measurement, Steps Involved in Time Study, Steps and 
 Equipment of Time Study, Performance Rating.

Week 9: Performance Rating: Examples, Allowances, Computation of Standard Time-I, Computation of Standard Time-II, Case Study

Week 10: Work Sampling: Basics, Procedure of Work Sampling Study, Numerical Problems on work sampling, Introduction to Synthetic Data and PMTS, Introduction to MTM and MOST

Week 11: Ergonomics: Basic Concept, Industrial Ergonomics, Ergonomics: Anthropometry, Man-Machine System-1 , Man-Machine System-2

Week 12: Case Study: Office Chair, Case Study: Tower Crane Cabin, Case Study: Car Seat, Case Study: Computer System, Case Study: Assembly Line


1. Introduction to Work Study: International Labor Office (ILO), Geneva. 
2. Motion and Time Study Design and Measurement of Work: Ralph M. Barnes, Wiley, The University of California. 
3. Industrial Engineering and Production Management: M. Telsang, S. Chand and Company Ltd.
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exams : October 28 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
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  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorke.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.