Introduction to Management Science / Operational Research

Management science is used in all major organisations in industry, commerce, finance and government. Its application might involve well-defined problems, such as reducing the cost of a complex goods distribution network, or more nebulous problems, such as improving patient care in hospital. Techniques based on mathematics and statistics can be extremely powerful in helping to solve these organisational problems.

Five such techniques will be introduced:

The module emphasises not only how to apply techniques, but also when (and when not) to apply them. There is a stress on practical examples of using the techniques.

You will work on two challenging case studies based on real problems. These provide the opportunity to apply concepts and techniques of problem solving, making recommendations and reporting results. To take this module you must also be taking one of MSCI 101, 100 or MNGT130.