First Semester

Operations Research

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the basic concepts of Operations Research techniques that help companies to solve common real life problems. Additionally advanced techniques and algorithms that help companies as members of a supply chain to improve their performance are also presented. The main target of this course is to help students learn how to model, analyze and finally solve such problems.

Course Description

Operations research (OR) has many applications in science, engineering, economics, and industry and thus the ability to solve OR problems is crucial for both researchers and practitioners. Being able to solve the real life problems and obtaining the right solution requires understanding and modeling the problem correctly and applying appropriate optimization tools and skills to solve the mathematical model. A wide range of topics are covered including linear programming, integer programming, transportation and transhipment problem, non linear programming, goal programming, game theory, the traveling salesman problem, multicriteria analysis and decision making models.

Suggested Textbooks

  • Frederick Hillier, Gerald Lieberman ‘’Introduction to Operations Research’’, Eighth edition 2010 Mc Graw –Hill, ISBN:0073017795.
  • David R. Anderson , Dennis J. Sweeney , Thomas A. Williams , Jeffrey D. Camm), R. Kipp Martin, ''An Introduction to Management Science: Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making'', ISBN-13: 978-1111532222 ISBN-10: 1111532222
  • Hamdy Taha, ‘’ Operations Research: An Introduction (9th Edition)’’, 2011 Prentice Hall, ISBN-10: 013255593X


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