Introduction to Industrial Engineering


  • To provide an overview of Industrial Engineering areas and activities
  • To exemplify and study a number of quantitative methods used in Industrial Engineering

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Paula Ferreira Barroso, Susana Carla Vieira Lino Medina Duarte


Weekly - 3

Total - 48

Teaching language



The curricular unit is taught in the 2nd semester and is the first within the scope of the course, with no prior knowledge required.


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Heizer, J., Render, B. e Munson, C. (2017), Operations Management: Sustainability and Supply Chain Management, 12ª ed., Pearson, New Jersey. 

Roldão, V. e Ribeiro, J. S. (2014), Gestão das Operações. Uma Visão Integrada2ª ed., Monitor, Lisboa.

Slack N., Chambers S. e Johnston R. (2016), Operations Management, 8ª ed., Prentice Hall, Harlow.

Stevenson, W. (1998) Productions/Operations Management, 6ª ed., Irwin/McGraw-Hill.

Teaching method

The curricular unit is taught in theoretical-practical classes, with a load of 3 hours/week. During the classes, different activities are developed.

An active and dynamic didactic-pedagogic approach is used to motivate the students to learn the Industrial Engineering areas and activities.

Evaluation method

The final assessment of the curricular unit (UC) of Introduction to Industrial Engineering (IEI) will be based on the following elements:

-Activities: 8 group activities will be carried out, which will be evaluated by: 1) the degree of success in carrying out the activity, 2) the contribution of each student to the execution of the activity.
-Test: will be carried out individually
-Report: performed as specified.
-Presentation: presentation of the completed project.

The IEI grade will be composed as follows:

Final grade = 0.45 *(A1 + A2 +..+ A7)/7 + 0.2*T + 0.20*R + 0.15*A


Ai - note of performance in carrying out the activity. The activity grade will be calculated as follows

A= R*CI where

            R - success in achieving the proposed results

            CI - individual contribution to the execution of the activity.

T - Test score

R - Report grade

A - Presentation grade


The score for each of the assessment components is rounded to the nearest tenth.


The frequency, valid for 1 year, depends on obtaining an average rating of the 8 Activities equal to or greater than 9.5 values.

It is considered that the final grade for the Activities will be given by the average of the 7 activities with the best grade achieved

 Activities have dependencies between them.

Approval occurs if the final grade is equal to or greater than 9.5 values.

Subject matter

Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management. Definitions, differences and complementarity.
Management and production systems in industry and services. Concepts of productivity, competitiveness and optimization.
Operations management.
Project management.
Materials management.
Layout. Balancing assembly lines.
Quality management


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