ISE/OR 501 Introduction to Operations Research

OR Approach: modeling, constraints, objective and criterion. Problems of multiple criteria, optimization, model validation and systems design. OR Methodology: mathematical programming; activity networks; dynamic programming; Markov processes; queuing theory. Examples: OR Applications: production planning and scheduling; service systems; health care delivery; Waiting line problems: single and multiple servers with Poisson input and output. Project management through PERT-CPM. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

MA 421 Introduction to Probability or ST 421 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I or ST 371 Introduction to Probability and Distribution Theory and ST 372 Introduction to Statistical Inference and Regression.

• Course Objectives

To build a general understanding of the field of Operations Research (OR), become familiar with the mathematical methodologies identified with it, and the application areas where OR has demonstrated its utility. To set a foundation for future advanced graduate studies in Operations Research and industrial and business applications.

• Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: 11 assignments

EXAMINATIONS: two Midterm and a Final Examination

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: The CD that comes with the textbook includes most needed programs.  Others can be downloaded free.

ENROLLMENT LIMIT: Limit of 10 students for online enrollment

• Textbook

Winston, Operations Research: Application and Algorithms, 4th edition, 2004, Thompson, ISBN 0-534-38058-1.

• Computer and Internet Requirements

NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum specifications for computers. For details, click here.

• Instructor

Javad Taheri, Ph.D. P.E.
Research Associate Professor
Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 7906
111 Lampe Dr., Daniels Hall Room 400
Raleigh, NC 27615-7906, U.S.A.

Office: 400 Daniels Hall
Phone: (919) 513-1906