AVL 705- Operations Research Methods

3-0-3 – Second Semester
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Course Description

In this course, formulating, analyzing, and solving mathematical models that represent real-world problems will be examined. For the purpose of enabling good decision making in supply chain, business analysis in Excel, linear and integer programming, network flow problems, optimization problems will be provided and as an optimization software GAMS will be used.

Course Outcomes

Upon the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. understand of the solution methodology for mathematical programming models.- AVLLO: 1,2.
  2. solve linear programming models using simplex method and its extensions.- AVLLO:1,2,3,4.
  3. develop skills in model construction and analysis of various problems.-AVLLO:2,6.
  4. develop skills in using basic mathematical programming and optimization software (such as GAMS, LINGO, CPLEX, etc.) and interpreting the solutions obtained.- AVLLO:2,3.

AVL Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. have adequate knowledge in aviation, logistics and supply chain and computing tools to make decisions in new or unpredictable environments of aviation logistics.
  2. formulate and solve a complex aviation logistics problems involving human, material, machinery, money, information, time and energy elements; analyze and design it under realistic constraints and conditions.
  3. use information technologies effectively with the knowledge of aviation logistics.
  4. design and conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for investigating complex aviation logistics research questions.
  5. work efficiently in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams by collaborating effectively, in addition to an individual effective working ability.
  6. enhance critical thinking skill by integrating relevant information, decision-making techniques, and concepts through the interdisciplinary aviation logistics area.
  7. communicate effectively, using information technology and oral and written skills to enhance decision making process through better communication.
  8. be aware of the importance of lifelong learning.
  9. make ethical and legal business decisions by considering cultural differences.
  10. recognize the importance of entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable development.
  11. have knowledge of the global and social effects of aviation logistics on health environment, and safety, and contemporary issues of the century reflected into the field of aviation logistics.
Prerequisites

None

Required Text(s) and Materials

Textbook:

  1. W.L. Winston, Operations Research: Applications and Algorithms (4th ed.), Cengage, 2003.
  2. F.S. Hillier, and G.J. Lieberman, Introduction to Operations Research (10th ed.), McGraw-Hill, 2015.
  3. H.A. Taha, Operations Research: An Introduction (10th ed.), Pearson, 2017.
Assessment Method(s) and Evaluation

Grading will be based upon using 5 homeworks, 1 term project, 1 mid-term exam and 1 final exam.

Assessment Methods

Assessment Tool Quantity Percentage
Midterm Exam

1

25

Final Exam

1

35

Term Project

2

30

Homeworks

2

10

In doing homework assignments and the term project, students should work in teams of at most tree. It is the student responsibility to find his/her team members. The composition of the study teams cannot be changed throughout the semester.
The term project is devised to make students utilize their knowledge of Operations Research to solve real-world problems. The types of projects will be left up to the student teams. The final report should be comprehensive, should describe methods used, and should show and illustrate the improvements and the final solution.

Grading
Grading Scale
Grade Quality Points
A = Excellent 90 – 100%
B = Good 80 – 89%
C = Satisfactory 70 – 79%
D = Passing 60 – 69%
F = Failing below 60%
Incompletes- I

Incompletes (I) demonstrate that a student was doing sufficient work at the end of a semester period but, for reasons beyond the control of the student, was unable to complete all requirements of the course in the related semester. The grade I obliges student to complete all course requirements within a time period that is specified by the instructor. This time period can’t exceed one academic calendar year from the end of the semester in that the grade I is assigned. The students has to arrange with the course instructor in order to complete all course requirements in a specified time period. If all course requirements are not completed by the students in a specified time period, I is changed to the grade F, unless the instructor has assigned a different grade.

Withdrawals-W

Students may withdraw from courses following the drop and add period until mid-term by completing the withdrawal process on the portal. A grade of "W" will appear in the student's official records if the student has withdrawn according to the SFU’s Withdrawal Policy. (Please see the SFU’s Withdrawal Policy for details.)

Attendance Policy

Participation and consistent attendance is essential for acceptable performance in the course. The students are expected to be present each class period except when special hardships occur, e.g. illness.
Regulations for attendance of Suje Florida University will be applied for this class.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the responsibility of all Suje Florida University faculty and students. Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated and will result in a failing grade, if the student is found guilty of cheating. Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the Academic Integrity Policy. All students are expected to do their own work and to uphold a high standard of academic ethics.

Course Expectations
  1. Students are expected to read assigned material prior to lecture and participate in discussions and activities.
  2. Log on at least three times a week – on different days in order to completely weekly assignments, assessments, discussions and/or other weekly deliverables as directed by the instructor and outlined in the syllabus.
  3. Check your e-mail often.
  4. Communications with the instructor should be via University portal or the phone numbers listed above. Email is preferred.
  5. You should access and be familiar with the online assistance available to help you with program courses. Links to Student Information and Student Resources can be found on my website:
  6. It is your responsibility to ensure you are registered throughout the course. Work out problems in registration directly with the Registrar’s Office.
Tentative Detailed Course Content and Recommended Readings
Week Topic Recommended Reading(s)
1 Introduction to Operations Research and Model Building, Classification and Examples of Mathematical Text book
2 Modeling with Linear Programming Text book
3 Modeling with Linear Programming Text book
4 Modeling with Linear Programming Text book
5 Sensitivity Analysis Text book
6 Duality Theory, The Primal Vs- Dual Solutions. Text book
7 Integer Programming Models: Binary Variables, Logical Conditions Text book
8 Integer Programming Models Text book
9 Integer Programming Models Text book
10 Transportation Models Text book
11 Transportation Models Text book
12 Network Models Text book
13 Network Models Text book
14 Nonlinear Models Text book
Student Opinion of Instruction

At the end of the term, all students will be expected to complete an online Student Opinion of Instruction survey (SOI) that will be available on portal. Students will receive an e-mail notification through their Suje Florida University e-mail address when the SOI is available. SOI responses are anonymous to instructors/administrators. Instructors will be able to view only a summary of all responses two weeks after they have submitted final grades.

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Access Statement

Students with disabilities who are experiencing barriers in this course may contact the Access Office for assistance in determining and implementing reasonable accommodations.

Suplemental Information

For the research report, you are required to write a report similar to a research paper. It should include:

  • Abstract: It describes the main synopsis of your paper.
  • Introduction: It provides background information necessary to understand the research and getting readers interested in your subject. The introduction is where you put your problem in context and is likely where the bulk of your sources will appear.
  • Methods (Algorithms and Implementation): Describe your methods here. Summarize the algorithms generally, highlight features relevant to your project, and refer readers to your references for further details.
  • Results and Discussion (Benchmarking and Analysis): This section is the most important part of your paper. It is here that you demonstrate the work you have accomplished on this project and explain its significance. The quality of your analysis will impact your final grade more than any other component on the paper. You should therefore plan to spend the bulk of your project time not just gathering data, but determining what it ultimately means and deciding how best to showcase these findings.
  • Conclusion: The conclusion should state clearly what your results demonstrate about the problem you were tackling in the paper. It should also generalize your findings, putting them into a useful context that can be built upon. All generalizations should be supported by your data, however; the discussion should prove these points, so that when the reader gets to the conclusion, the statements are logical and seem self-evident.
  • Bibliography: Refer to any reference that you used in your assignment. Citations in the body of the paper should refer to a bibliography at the end of the paper.