OPERATIONS RESEARCH

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Code
63742
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
9 credits during the 3nd year of 8698 Maritime, Logistics and Transport Economics and Business (L-18) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
MAT/09
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Maritime, Logistics and Transport Economics and Business)
semester
1° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Operations Research is a discipline included in the class of decision science and management science; therefore, in addition to the basic notions of this subject, the course provides professional skills related to Problem Solving and Decision Making in the area of  transport of goods and people.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of the course is to give students the basics of operations research, which are most relevant to the strategic and operational planning of enterprises. Particular emphasis will be given to the field of logistics and transport. The course is aimed at developing optimization models for decision making problems. Main topics: • Overview of the operation research modeling approach • Linear programming and the Simplex method • Duality theory and sensitivity analysis • Network optimization models • Inventory management and supply chain

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The main objective of the course is to provide students with the basics of Operations Research that are most relevant to the strategic and operational planning of companies, with particular reference to the logistics and transport sector. The course is aimed at providing the skills to develop, solve and analyse optimisation models for solving relevant decision-making problems in the freight and passenger transport sector.

The expected learning outcomes at the end of the course are

  •  ability to analyse a problem, identify the decision variables, the objective and the constraints, typically operational, for achieving it;
  •  ability to formulate, by means of a mathematical model, the optimisation problem associated with the previously analysed problem;
  •  ability to identify the most appropriate solution method and sw environment to determine the solution of the optimisation problem formulated;
  •  be able to tackle the main problems of production planning, service activities, transport planning and network optimisation.

PREREQUISITES

The basics of mathematics and economics are taken for granted.

TEACHING METHODS

 Traditional lectures with the possibility of using the PC in the classroom.In case of extension of the need for social distancing imposed by covid-19, the mode of the course will be determined by the department, and could be conducted in presence, mixed mode or online distance learning (synchronous or asynchronous).

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

"The aim of the course is to give students the basics of operations research, which are most relevant to the strategic and operational planning of enterprises. Particular emphasis will be given to the field of logistics and transport. The course is aimed at developing optimization models for decision making problems.
Main topics:

  • Overview of the operation research modeling approach
  • Linear programming problems: production and transportation planning.
  • The Simplex method and its economic interpretation. Duality theory and sensitivity analysis
  • Network optimization problems. Definition of graphs. Shortest Path Problems. Connectivity problems.
  • Discrete and Boolean optimization problems. Knapsack and  Assignment problems.


 

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Hillier & Lieberman “Introduction to Operations Research”, McGRAW-Hill. Suggested edition: 2016 (available on-line).
  • Handouts and notes provided by the teacher

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: To be defined on the basis of the time schedule of the lessons. Remote office hours for students will be also possible on the teams channel on demand.

Exam Board

ANNA FRANCA SCIOMACHEN (President)

CARMINE CERRONE

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

 Traditional lectures with the possibility of using the PC in the classroom.In case of extension of the need for social distancing imposed by covid-19, the mode of the course will be determined by the department, and could be conducted in presence, mixed mode or online distance learning (synchronous or asynchronous).

LESSONS START

Sem: I

 

Class schedule

OPERATIONS RESEARCH

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Written examination consisting of exercises and questions, possibly followed by an interview.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

During the course, exercises and case studies will be proposed, possibly to be analysed in groups, in order to verify the effectiveness of learning. Successful exercises will contribute to a (supplementary) assessment in addition to the examination.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance

Suggested but not required