Course Title: Operations Research Models 1b

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Operations Research Models 1b

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Yanqun Liu

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2275

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Operations Research Models 1.  A knowledge of basic calculus and matrix algebra will be assumed.

Course Description

This course aims to provide a broad knowledge of network flow methodology used in Operations Research: the transportation problem and its variants, the assignment problem,  job sequencing, project scheduling (PERT and CPM), spanning trees and routing problems, flows in networks and an introduction to dynamic programming. The use of computer techniques for solving such problems will also be introduced.  A major emphasis in this course will be on characterising the problem and establishing a framework for selecting the appropriate solution technique.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you will:

  • be able to define and formulate network models, obtain solutions using a variety of techniques and interpret the results obtained.
  • obtain an understanding of the use of network flow methodology, including the application of network techniques to problems seemingly not related to flows.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts in operations research will be covered in the course. These will be explained with examples in lectures. The assignments will provide an opportunity to carry out analyses in a structured format and test your understanding of the topics covered in classes. A range of operations research related activities (via interactive guided tours of basic skills and pre-requisites) may be experienced from the OR Tutor site:

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources comprise reference books, a set of detailed course notes and other relevant materials such as extra notes, assignments and past examinations which will be available online.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this course will consist of assignments and an end of semester examination.