Production Systems

Southern Methodist University Course: EMIS 3362
Production Systems Engineering

Spring 2019, TuTh, 2:00-3:20 p.m. Caruth 384

Course Objectives

Production is the process of converting resources into manufactured goods. Similarly, operations is concerned with organizing people and technology to deliver services to customers. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with a variety of methods for forecasting, planning, scheduling and controlling quality for production and operations systems.

This course applies the principles of engineering, or “design under constraint,” to modern production systems. Topics include: production systems analysis and design considerations, systems design and optimization models and methods, pull- and push-based production systems,  quality engineering, process improvement, plus techniques for engineering and managing systems with specific architectures: batch-oriented, continuous-flow, projects, and just-in-time.

Students learn to manage processes within an organization. Specific techniques are studied for forecasting, planning and operating production and operations systems in today's competitive environment.

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Richard S. Barr, Ph.D.

Office hours:
TuTh 1:00-1:50
Office: Caruth Hall 323
Office phone: (214) 768-1772
Office fax: (214) 768-1112
Home page:
Email: barr at smu dot edu


The class is offered by the Department of Engineering Management, Information and Systems, in the Lyle School of Engineering on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Class Support:

  • Classroom: Caruth 384
  • Course home page (you are there):
  • Canvas site (log in with your SMU id number and email password)
  • Course administrative support, Tammy Sherwood, (tsherwoo at smu dot edu)
    EMIS Department, Caruth Hall 337,
    (214) 768-1100   fax: (214) 768-1112
  • Course lab instructor: Yulan Bai

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