Operational Research

llsmg2003  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Operational Research
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h + 10.0 h
Agrell Per Joakim; Catanzaro Daniele (compensates Agrell Per Joakim);
Basic course in mathematics, probability and statistics
Main themes
This course is an introductory course in Operations Management. Problems occurring in an operations management setting are studied using mathematical models and techniques, or more generally a formal approach. 

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the class, students should be able o to specify the reference framework and the elements playing a part in the decision making process in the field of operations and production management ; to analyze these elements, in particular using mathematical models and techniques (without neglecting human factors), in order to help in the decision-making process.
This course introduces to production management as well as to the quantitative methods that can be implemented to face problems related to both the production process and the global supply chain, including (but not limited to)
  • design of the supply chain network;
  • demand forecast;
  • capacity planning;
  • planning and scheduling of the manufacturing process;
  • planning and scheduling of services and workload;
  • extensions of the above models to public sector.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The lectures are illustrated by examples and provide an overview of the concepts and basic techniques. Exercise sessions emphasize the assimilation of the techniques and provide additional information where applicable, depending on the case studies at hand.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Continuous evaluation, with check points in itinere consisting of solving problems by using the techniques studied during the course. Precise details will be provided during the first lecture. The participation to the first lecture (either in person or remotely) is mandatory.
Other information
The lectures are delivered in English.
Online resources
Please refer to the online resources. 
Teaching materials
  • Slides of the course (https://perso.uclouvain.be/daniele.catanzaro/Courses/GPM.pdf)
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Teaching methods
Remote teaching
Evaluation methods
A project will replace the continuous evaluation. The modality will be specified by the lecturer during the class or via an announcement in the appropriate teaching platforms. 

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Management