Courses & Units

Operations Research 2 KMA255

Hobart

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Introduction

This unit teaches student skills and techniques that are used to answer practical questions arising in Operations Research.  These questions typically also arise in Engineering, Management, Finance, Economics and Teaching.  For example, "How long do I expect to have to wait for the next bus?" "How should I balance the products my factory makes, to maximise my profit?" and "What is the best way to send electricity from this set of power stations to these homes, to minimise power loss?"

Operations Research includes the solution of  optimisation problems, modelling and simulation.  This unit introduces students to methods in modelling stochastic systems as Discrete Time Markov Chains and analysing their expected behaviour.  It also gives students the tools such as the Simplex Method, to solve Lin-ear Programming Optimisation and Transportation problems.  Further the students will be taught methods in simulation of these systems, to reveal how different behaviours can emerge.

The major practical tools and theoretical results in this unit rely on some theoretical concepts in probability, such as fundamental laws of probability, the Binomial and Geometric distributions and initial topics in Graph Theory: these will be covered as they are needed.  Students will learn how to competently use MATLAB and other appropriate software for the derivation of the numerical solutions.

Summary

Unit name Operations Research 2
Unit code KMA255
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Physical Sciences
Discipline Mathematics and Physics
Coordinator

Teaching staff

Assoc Prof M Charleston, Assoc Prof B Holland

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

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Fees

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Requisites

Prerequisites

  • Any Introductory unit in Mathematics

Co-requisites

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Teaching

Teaching Pattern

3x1-hr lectures, 1-hr tutorial, 1-hr lab session weekly

Assessment

3-hr exam (60%), assignments (40%)

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