SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH324856
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The module aims to enable the students to get the basic tool required represented by quantitative techniques to help him/her in decision taking.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: ? Systems in engineering, problem solving strategy ? Optimization in construction ? Linear programing(LP):Problem formulation, objective function, and constraints ? Methods of solving LP problems: mathematical method, graphical method, and introduction to simplex method. ? Transportation problems: problem formulation, basic solution ,and introduction to solution modification) ? Assignment problem: formulation and solution by Hungarian method. ? Introduction to queuing theory

Learning Outcomes

1 On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Formulate and solve LP problems using graphical and simplex methods (AM1). 2. Demonstrate duality concept and conduct sensitivity analysis under different situations3. Formulate and solve transportation and assignment problems (AM1). 4. Identify and solve Game Theory problems (AM1). 5. Describe the elements of a queuing model and evaluate the performance of queuing system (AM1, AM5). 6. Apply CPM and PERT to find the critical path and time schedule of project (AM1, AM5).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching will follow traditional lines: lectures for imparting the fundamentals of materials and tutorials for practicing on the fundamentals. These will be supplemented with videos and site visits. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module

Indicative Reading

Taha, Hamdy A, (1997) Operations Research , prentice hall of India. ?Gillett, Billy E,(2007) Introduction to Operations Research TATA McGraw Hill ?Hillier, Frederick S and Lieberman, Gerald J(2007) Introduction to operations research 2nd ed. Prentice hall of India ?KantiSwarup, Gupta PK and Man Mohan (2007) Operations Research 13th ed. Sultan Chand and Sons educational publishing ?Wagner, Harvey M (1999) Principles of operations research with applications to managerial decisions2nd ed. Prentice Hall of India

Transferrable Skills

Problems solving skills Analytical approach Innovation in problem solving Independent and group working Effective time management Practicing theories of operation research Effective communication: written and graphical with utilising IT skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 14.00
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Construction based operational plan with report 2000 words
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Exam - Unseen written Examination 2Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid Term Test - Unseen written Examination 1½ Hours