Operations Research

By Professor Bibhas C. Giri   |   Jadavpur University
Learners enrolled: 1512
Operations Research is a systematic approach of solving problems involving operations of a system by using scientific tools and techniques. It is a well-developed field with a sophisticated array of techniques that are routinely used to solve various real world problems. OR helps to make decisions better. It is regularly used in several areas such as inventory and supply chain management, marketing   management, healthcare, telecommunication, finance, transportation, energy and so on. Active areas may also be at the intersection of these and many other disciplines. There are many advantages of studying O.R.,  such as improving decision making, better control, higher productivity, better coordination, etc. In business, very few things are certain, and managers must often make decision based on their instincts instead of being able to use reliable data. O.R. techniques fill this void with methods that quantify issues and give business managers a better basis for making decisions.
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 19 Jul 2021
End Date : 31 Oct 2021
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2021
Category :
  • Mathematics
Credit Points : 4
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1:  Chapter 1 – Linear  Programming  Problem
Module-1: Mathematical Formulation of LPP and Graphical Method for Solving LPP 
Module-2:  Simplex Method for Solving LPP and Big-M Method

Week 2: 
Chapter 1 – Linear  Programming  Problem
Some Special Cases in LPP
 Duality, and Solving LPP using Duality in Simplex Method
 Dual Simplex Method and Revised Simplex Method

Week 3: 
Chapter 2 – Transportation  and  Assignment  Problems
Mathematical Formulation and Initial BFS of Transportation Problem
 Optimality Test by Stepping Stone Method and MODI Method, and Some Special Cases of Transportation Problem
 Assignment Problem and Its Solution by Hungarian Method, and Travelling Salesman Problem

Week 4:  
Chapter 3 – Game  Theory
Basic Concept and Terminologies, Two-person Zero-sum Game, and Game with Pure and Mixed Strategies
 Dominance Principle, Arithmetic Method, and Graphical Method for Solving  (2× n) Game
 Graphical Method for Solving (m×2) Game and Solution of  Game by Simplex Method

Week 5:  
Chapter 4 – Job Sequencing  and  Replacement  Theory
  Basic Terminologies and Assumptions of Job Sequencing, and Processing of n Jobs through 2 and 3 Machines
:  Processing n Jobs through m Machines, and Processing 2 Jobs through m Machines - Graphical Method
  Introduction to Replacement Theory and Determination of Optimal Replacement Time
  Selection of the Best Machine, and Individual and Group Replacement Policies

Week 6:  Chapter 5 – Inventory  Theory
Module-1: Economic Order Quantity and EOQ Models without Shortage
 EOQ models with Shortage and EPQ Models with/without Shortages

Week 7:  
Chapter 5 – Inventory  Theory
Multi-item Inventory Models, Purchase Inventory Model, and Inventory Models with Price Breaks
 Newsboy Problem and Probabilistic Inventory Model with Instantaneous Demand and No Set up Cost
 Probabilistic Inventory Model with Uniform Demand and No Set up Cost, and Buffer Stock in Probabilistic Inventory Model

Week 8:  
Revision, Assignment and Evaluation

Week 9:  
Chapter 6 – Queuing  Theory 
  Basic Characteristics of Queuing System and Probability Distribution of Arrivals 
:  Probability Distribution of Departures and Model I (M|M|1):(∞|FCFS) 
Module-3:  Model I. (General): (M|M|1): (∞|FCFS), and Model II. (M|M|1): (N|FCFS) 
Module-4:  Model III - (M|M|s): (∞|FCFS), and Model IV - (M|Ek|1): ( ∞|FCFS)

Week 10:  Chapter 7 – Network  Analysis 
Basic Components of Network and Critical Path Method (CPM) 
 Total Float and Free Float of Activity, and CPM Model: Time-cost Optimization

Week 11:  
Chapter 7 – Network  Analysis 
Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) 
 LP and Dual LP Solutions to Network Problem

Week 12:  
Chapter 8 – Dynamic  Programming 
Basic Concept and Terminology, and Dynamic Programming Models I and II 
: DP Model III, Solution of Discrete DP Problem and Solution of LPP by DP

Week 13:  
Chapter 9 – Integer Programming 
Introduction to Integer Programming, and Gomory's Cutting Plane Method for All IPP 
: Gomory's Cutting Plane Method for Mixed IPP, and Branch and Bound Method

Week 14:  
Chapter 10 – Nonlinear  Programming 
NLPP with Equality Constraints: Lagrange Multiplier Method 
: NLPP with Inequality Constraints: Kuhn-Tucker (KT) Conditions, and Quadratic Programming 
Module-3: Wolfe's Modified Simplex Method and Beale's Method

Week 15:  Revision, Assignment and Evaluation

Books and references

Taha, H.A., Operations Research – An Introduction, Prentice Hall, (7th Edition), 2002.
Hillier, F.S., Lieberman, G.J., Nag, B., Basu,P., Introduction to Operations Research, McGraw Hill (10th Edition), 2017.
Sharma, S.D., Operations Research, Kedar Nath Ram Nath & Co. (15th Edition), 2010.
Ravindran, A., Phillips, D. T and Solberg, J. J., Operations Research: Principles and Practice, John Willey and Sons, 2nd Edition, 2009.

Instructor bio

Professor Bibhas C. Giri

Jadavpur University

Dr. Bibhas C. Giri is a Professor of the Department of Mathematics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He did his M.Sc. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Operations Research, from Jadavpur University. He has been teaching Operations Research course at PG level since 2005. Professor Giri has published so far 10 book chapters and about 200 research papers in international journals, which have been cited over 7288 times in total (google scholar citation), and supervised 14 Ph.D. students.  He is the recipient of Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, Germany; Fulbright Fellowship, U.S.A. and Commonwealth Fellowship, U.K. He has successfully run this MOOCs course in Swayam platform in 2019 with 702 enrollments, and January 2020 semester with 1615 enrollments.

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