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MA3605 - Operations Research and Modelling

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject describes mathematical techniques applied to the formulation and solution of real world problems. Topics will be chosen from: Linear and non-linear difference equations, systems of difference equations, population models and the Fibonacci sequence, the non-linear oscillator, stability analysis, non-linear differential equations, simple harmonic motion, the simple pendulum, linear programming, the paper-production problem, the simplex method, optimality analysis, duality linear programming and sensitivity analysis.

Learning Outcomes

  • formulate mathematical models for problems in science and engineering;
  • use mathematical techniques to solve these problems;
  • deduce certain properties of solutions without obtaining the full solution;
  • analyse the suitability of a mathematical model and communicate findings;
  • apply the fundamentals of operations research to linear programming problems.
Prerequisites: MA2000 AND (MA2100 OR MA2201)
MA3501 MA3601 MA3050


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Shaun Belward
Lecturer: Assoc. Professor Wayne Read.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 13 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (20%); assignments (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.