Operations Research 2
Available in 2013
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2012, 2011
Often known as the 'science of better', Operations Research (OR) is the cornerstone of effective decision making. OR has enhanced organisations and experiences all around us. From more cost effective scheduling of airline crews to the design of less intrusive cancer radiation therapy treatments, from two-person start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, from global resource planning decisions to optimizing local postal delivery routes, all benefit directly from OR.
This course is intended for students looking to advance their fundamental knowledge of OR techniques as seen in MATH2730. The course delves into both practical and theoretical aspects of established OR techniques and results. The course will better equip students to judge the applicability of methods for given problems, and answer questions as to why two seemingly similar problems differ dramatically with respect to tractability. By the end of the course students will be able to apply known OR techniques effectively and also, develop their own solutions for newer, more challenging problems. Throughout, use will be made of relevant widely used software packages.
|Objectives||On successful completion of this course, students will have:
1. A thorough understanding of the quantitative techniques and theory behind Operations Research.
2. An advanced appreciation of the use of a mathematical model as a way of encapsulating and analysing a complex situation.
3. An advanced repertoire of problem-solving skills that is both analytical and flexible.
|Content||The course will cover two main areas:
1.Nonlinear programming, including
a.necessary and sufficient conditions for optimality,
b.solution methods, and
c.numerical solution; and
2. Probability models in operations research, with topics selected from
c.Markov decision processes, and
For each topic, applications, modelling, and methods will be explored. Appropriate software packages for modelling and solutions of problems will be covered.
|Assumed Knowledge||Any 2000 level mathematics course.|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
|Timetables||2013 Course Timetables for MATH3830|