MIS 208 Deterministic Operations Research

About The Course

This is a study of Management Science (MS) approaches in organization. You will gain an understanding of modeling and rational approaches to decision making and their contribution to organizational effectiveness. Analysis and communication are emphasized by using real world applications and cases. Topics include integer programming (ILP), project scheduling, waiting line models, simulation and decision analysis applied to tactical and strategic business decisions in functional areas and interfaces among these areas. Implementation using existing software packages of decision models to solve various managerial problems is an integrated part of this course.


Upon completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Develop analytical skills in structuring and analysis (scientific method) of business decision problems which characterize the field of Management Science.
  • Develop awareness of the complementary nature of the rational and behavioral approaches to decision making and planning.
  • Understand usefulness and limitation of selected Management Science techniques to find solutions to analytical models.
  • Use software to generate computer solutions of the models.
  • Learn, through case studies, the applications of Management Science to find solutions to real life business problems including those in global environment.
  • Demonstrate skills in communicating the analysis and results of business decision problems and to work as a member of a team.
  • Use the knowledge gained from this course to continue life-long learning in decision technologies to aid business decision making and planning.

You can also measure your overall performance according to the Evaluation System by Letter.





  • Balakrishnan, N., B. Render, and R. M. Stair Jr. 2007. Managerial Decision Modeling with Spreadsheets. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Incorporated. ISBN: 013226806X.
  • Introduction to Operations Research 8th Ed., McGraw-Hill, 2005, by Hillier, F.S., Lieberman, G.J., ISBN-13 9780073211145.
  • Applied Management Science: Modeling, Spreadsheet Analysis, and Communication for Decision Making, 2nd Edition, John A. Lawrence, Jr., Barry A. Pasternack, ISBN-13: 9780471391906.
  • Yöneylem Araştırması: İşletmecilik Uygulamalı Bilgisayar Destekli Modelleme, 2nd Edition, Siyasal Kitabevi, 2007, Aydın Ulucan, ISBN: 9756325118.


We will use R to gain a good "hands-on" experience on concepts and techniques used in this course. These experimentations will enhance your understanding of the technical concepts covered in this course. However, MS Excel will be introduced by the textbook. So you can choose one of these (or both) to use in this course.


Lecture slides will be followed up on the course schedule at the bottom of this page.


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There will be several assignments during the semester, and you will receive credit for simply completing them correctly. All information about yourself should be placed top-right corner of the assignment paper. Cover page should not be used. Recycled paper, and used paper are welcome.


The quizzes may cover any material discussed in class or assigned in the text. The quiz will be given at the end of class. There will no make-up quiz.


Your examinations are 1.5-hour duration, closed-book, closed-notes. However, I may add a formulation/help/summary sheet to the examination question paper. Please, bring in a scientific calculator when taking your examinations. Devices are not permitted other than a calculator.

The exams are not in any particular format so expect both standard numerical problem solving and conceptual type questions. The exams will test your understanding of the material covered in this course. The main objective is to find out how reflective you are in answering the questions correctly, subject to a limited time constraint.

Exam papers will be available to check for 5 days following the announcement of exam points. Please check your exam paper.


You have a responsibility to yourselves, your fellow classmates, and me, as an instructor, to come prepared and to participate in classroom discussions. You are responsible for all material presented in class whether or not they are presented. This material includes the lectures and discussions.

Cheating of any type will not be tolerated. Anyone caught plagiarizing, copying from other students, or allowing others to copy his or her work will receive a grade of "0" on the relevant assignment, quiz, or exam. In certain cases additional penalties may be applied as provided by university regulations.



Week Title Reading Assignment Quiz Slide
2-3 Project Scheduling Fundamentals
Chapter 9
4-5 CPM
Chapter 9
6-7 Waiting Line Models and Fundamentals
Basic Queueing Models
Chapter 11
8-9 Queueing Analysis Chapter 11
10-11 Simulation Fundamentals Chapter 12
12-13 Simulation Analysis Chapter 12
14 Decision Analysis Chapter 13