Aug 14, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to high school and post-secondary level students.

Catalog Description:

MEC3480 - Computer Integrated Manufacturing (3 hrs.)

The student will set up a batch processing line, controlled by computers. This course incorporates programming, interfacing, and troubleshooting of automated systems. The student will also design and produce a product using rapid prototyping.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge regarding fundamentals of computer integrated manufacturing.

Learner Outcomes:

Students will learn theory and application of computer integration in a manufacturing setting. Students will be able to describe operations of networks program design and computer design. Students will use these skills in virtual and rapid prototyping.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1: Computers and Manufacturing

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully demonstrate understanding of the application of computers to industrial fields.

  • Understand just-in-time systems and their need for computer support.
  • Explain the impact of automated manufacturing and materials handling to workers and companies.
  • List and describe uses of computer integrated manufacturing in one industrial sector.
  • Identify and explain the different types of computer systems used in automated manufacturing.
  • Describe cellular and flexible manufacturing.
  • Explain computer aided process planning and information systems and describe how they have influenced manufacturing.
  • Understand the computer aided design (CAD) as used in industry.

UNIT 2: Software Development

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully identify components of computer aided designs.

  • List and describe techniques used in information system design.
  • Understand numerically controlled machines and CAD/CAM integration.
  • Understand basic NC programming.
  • Describe the V-model of design.
  • Understand object oriented software development.

UNIT 3: Communication Systems

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully utilize computer networking.

  • Understand the OSI-reference model and OSI based implementation.
  • Understand local area networks as they apply in a manufacturing setting.
  • List and describe common network protocols.
  • Understand the use of data bases such as object and distributed data bases.

UNIT 4: Virtual Prototyping

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully apply computer modeling and prototyping.

  • Understand modeling and model analysis.
  • Describe uses of virtual reality in prototyping.
  • Describe uses of augmented reality in prototyping.
  • Determine efficiency standards for integrated systems.

UNIT 5: Laboratory

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully prototype a product.

  • Use computer simulation software to design a computer integrated system.
  • Use computer simulation software to troubleshoot computer integrated system.
  • Build and perform troubleshooting on computer integrated system including programming and interfacing.
  • Design and build a component using computer design and rapid prototyping.

Projects Required:

As assigned.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.