• Iroquois High School

    Course: Production Systems – 20 weeks 

    Instructor: Mr. Ruffino

    Phone: 716-652-3000 – ext: 7159 


    Production Systems Syllabus



    One of the key activities of society is that of production. Production can be defined as the processing of materials and knowledge to make products. Production can be divided into two major categories - manufacturing and construction. If an object is produced in a factory, the procedure is considered to be manufacturing. If it is produced or assembled on site, it is considered to be construction. Each has its unique concepts and techniques in our technological society. 

    This course in Production Systems has been divided into two, nine-week modules with the following emphasis: 

    Manufacturing System:

    Most of the material possessions used by consumers came from manufacturing enterprises. It is important for a student learning about the world to understand the major concepts of this phase of production. This module is directed to the manufacturing aspects of production. It is organized around the universal systems model with inputs, resources, processes, outputs and control as major categories. These five content organizers have been directly related to manufacturing. 

    Construction System:

    Most of the residential buildings, commercial buildings, roadways, dams, and bridges used by man are a result of construction activity. This module is directed to the construction aspect of production. Like manufacturing, it is organized around the universal systems model with inputs, resources, processes, outputs, and control as major categories. In this instance, these five categories have been specifically tailored to construction activities. 

    Currently, new developments and materials such as robotics, super plastics, fiber optics, lasers, and computer-aided design systems are being utilized in production systems. These developments and automated production systems are related to careers, worker qualifications, and employment possibilities. New products and the utilization of resources have economic, social, and environmental impacts. These are all important considerations in the Production Systems course. 

    Course Goals: 

    Students will: 

    The student will be able to -  

    1. Identify the universal systems model as it relates to manufacturing technology 

    2. Assess the importance of manufacturing technology to society, in the manner that it provides man with useful articles for everyday life 

    3. Delineate the necessary resources for manufacturing in our current society 

    4. Analyze and demonstrate the various processes of manufacturing technology 

    5. Evaluate the products and impacts of a manufacturing enterprise as to their quality and also their effect on the society and environment 

    6. Utilize mathematical and scientific principles in the solving of practical manufacturing problems within the laboratory setting 

    7. Demonstrate problem-solving and analytical thinking skills in solutions to simple engineering problems within the context of laboratory activities 

    Course Outline: 

    I. System Command Input

       A. Desired product 

       B. Expected impacts 

    II. Resources

       A. People 

       B. Information 

       C. Materials 

       D. Tools/machines 

       E. Capital 

       F. Energy 

       G. Time 

    III. Processes 

       A. Forming 

       B. Separating 

       C. Combining 

       D. Conditioning 

    IV. Outputs 

       A. Products 

       B. Impacts 

    V. Control

       A. Reasons 

       B. Methods


    Course Requirements and Grading: 

    The course grade will be based on individual projects, writing assignments, quizzes, a portfolio, and a final exam. The final grade will be determined using the following weights: 

    Projects = 40%
    Classwork = 30%
    Participation / Attendance = 30%


    Grading Rubric 

    1 – 4 Grading Scale 

    1 = 25%

    2 = 50% 

    3 = 75% 

    4 = 100% 

    The above grading scale is the percentage given of the total points of that section.