Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Lectures and practice classes.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures per week, 1 x one hour practice class per week |
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours
Study Period Commencement:
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. |
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CoordinatorDr Mark Fackrell
Third Year Coordinator
This subject introduces some major techniques and algorithms for solving nonlinear optimisation problems. Unconstrained and constrained systems will be considered, for both convex and non-convex problems. The methods covered include: interval search techniques, Newton and quasi-Newton methods, penalty methods for nonlinear programs, and methods based on duality. The emphasis is both on being able to apply and implement the techniques discussed, and on understanding the underlying mathematical principles. Examples involve the formulation of operations research models for linear regression, multi-facility location analysis and network flow optimisation.
A significant part of the subject is the project, where students work in groups on a practical operations research problem.
On completion of this subject students should develop
Three written assignments due at regular intervals during semester amounting to a total of up to 50 pages (30%), a group project involving a written report of up to 20 pages due at the end of semester (15%) and a 15-minute oral presentation at the end of semester (5%), and a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (50%).
H. A. Taha, Operations Research: An Introduction, McMillan, 5th Ed,1992.
W. L. Winston, Operations Research: Applications and Algorithms, PWS-Kent, 1987.
R. Fletcher, Practical Methods of Optimization, 2nd Ed, John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1987.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.
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In addition to learning specific skills that will assist in their future careers in science, students will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:
|Notes:||This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.|
Bachelor of Science |
Mathematics and Statistics Major |
Operations Research / Discrete Mathematics (specialisation of Mathematics and Statistics major)
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
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