Topics in Manufacturing

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MFG 292

       Course Name: Topics in Manufacturing

       Credits: 1-4 (1-4 lecture; 1-4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Varies; consent of instructor or chairperson.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

This course explores major issues in the field of manufacturing. Topics will be selected from the following subspecialties as they relate to manufacturing: automation, CNC machining, quality, simulation, and data acquisition. This course will have a different focus and/or scope from other courses currently offered in the department and can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine semester hours of credit.

IV.   Learning Objectives

This course will cover a wide variety of different topics related to technical advances in the design field.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

One major topic will be selected for study. Examples of possible topics and the questions that drive them are as follows:

Topic Examples

Automation Technologies: explore the different controls hardware/software for automatic machinery and production equipment.

Simulation: How can the physical systems that represent manufacturing processes be simulated on the computer? Explore simulation software packages.

Data Acquisition: use hardware dedicated to the acquisition of manufacturing data and then process this data. Can relate to quality or inventory functions of a company.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course relies on the student’s ability to read and understand college-level text material and will require computer basics and keyboarding skills.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The typical materials for these courses will be textbooks, multimedia presentations, and other relevant materials. Materials will be assigned according to the specific topic requirements.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Exams (objective, short answer, and essay), quizzes, and homework assignments are likely strategies to be used in evaluating student learning. Much of the in-class work will be project based and will also be evaluated as specified.

XI.   Other Course Information

A. Attendance
B. Class policy on make-up exams, late assignments, etc.
C: Important Dates: *

XX/XX: Last day to withdraw and have course dropped from record
XX/XX: Last day to change to Audit
XX/XX: Last day for students to submit materials to make up incomplete from the previous semester
XX/XX: Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W"

* These dates differ for each semester.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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