MA30087: Optimisation methods of operational research
[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]
Academic Year:  2021/2 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Mathematical Sciences 
Credits:  6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] 
Notional Study Hours:  120 
Level:  Honours (FHEQ level 6) 
Period: 
 Semester 1

Assessment Summary:  EX 100% 
Assessment Detail:  
Supplementary Assessment: 
 Likeforlike reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)

Requisites: 
Before taking this module you must take MA10207 AND take MA10210

Description:  Aims & Learning Objectives:
Aims: To present methods of optimisation commonly used in OR, to explain their theoretical basis and give an appreciation of the variety of areas in which they are applicable.
Objectives:
On completing the course, students should be able to
* Recognise practical problems where optimisation methods can be used effectively
* Implement appropriate algorithms, and understand their procedures
* Understand the underlying theory of linear programming problems, especially duality.
Content: The Nature of OR: Brief introduction.
Linear Programming: Basic solutions and the fundamental theorem. The simplex algorithm, two phase method for an initial solution. Interpretation of the optimal tableau. Applications of LP. Duality.
Topics selected from:
Sensitivity analysis and the dual simplex algorithm. Brief discussion of Karmarkar's method. The transportation problem and its applications, solution by Dantzig's method. Network flow problems, the FordFulkerson theorem.
Nonlinear Programming: Revision of classical Lagrangian methods. KuhnTucker conditions, necessity and sufficiency. Illustration by application to quadratic programming.

Programme availability: 
MA30087 is Optional on the following programmes:
Department of Computer Science
 USCMAFB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 3)
 USCMAAB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USCMAKB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USCMAFM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 3)
 USCMAAM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 3)
 USCMAKM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 3)
Department of Economics
 UHESAFB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics (Year 3)
 UHESAAB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 UHESAKB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 UHESACB04 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Mathematics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 4)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
 USMAAFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 3)
 USMAAAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB13 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB01 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB05 : BSc(Hons) Statistics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 4)
 USMAAAM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 5)
Department of Physics
 USXXAFB03 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 3)
 USXXAAB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USXXAKB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USXXAFM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 4)
 USXXAAM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 5)
 USXXAKM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 5)

Notes:  This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
 Programmes and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
 Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any prerequisite rules.
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