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Operations Research 2 KMA255




This unit teaches students 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 optimization problems, modelling, and simulation. This unit provides necessary background in probability and graph theory, and then using those tools introduces students to methods in modelling stochastic systems as Discrete Time Markov Chains, and analysing their expected behaviour. It also gives students tools, such as the Simplex Method, to solve Linear Programming optimization and Transportation problems, and heuristic methods to solve computationally intractable problems like the Travelling Salesman Problem.

This unit is a required component of the Statistics and Decision Science major in the BSc.


Unit name Operations Research 2
Unit code KMA255
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Professor Michael Charleston
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and apply fundamentals of probability and graph theory relevant to operations research.
  • Analyse short- and long- term behaviour of discrete time Markov chains.
  • Solve problems in linear programming using appropriate techniques.
  • Select and apply standard heuristic methods to computationally intractable problems in operations research.
  • Interpret and clearly communicate mathematical arguments as they relate to problems in operations research.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010101 $493.00 $493.00 not applicable $2,402.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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