OR401      Half Unit
Techniques of Operational Research

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Katerina Papadaki NAB 3.14


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management Science (Operational Research). This course is available on the MSc in Applicable Mathematics, MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM), MSc in Management Science (Decision Sciences) and MSc in Management, Information Systems and Innovation. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students must have a knowledge of mathematics and statistics to the level of the undergraduate course MA107/ST107 Quantitative Methods.

Course content

An introduction to a range of Operational Research techniques. The particular techniques taught may vary slightly from year to year. Topics normally covered are: inventory models, forecasting, queueing theory, replacement, critical path analysis, dynamic programming, markov chains, and game theory.


14 hours of lectures and 14 hours of seminars in the LT. 4 hours of lectures in the ST.

Indicative reading

Recommended books are: Wayne Winston, Operational Research; Applications and Algorithms, Fourth/International Student Edition.

Students may also wish to consult: F S Hillier & G J Lieberman, Introduction to Operations Research, 7th edn.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Management Science Group

Total students 2012/13: 108

Average class size 2012/13: 18

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills