Operations Management
33:623:386:03 and 10

Spring 2008

(All class policies subject to change at instructor's discretion)

Who, What, Where & When:

  • Time & Place:

Section 03: MW 5:00 – 6:20, LCB 109 (except for 11 classes and one review session in Levin 005, as indicated in schedule)

Section 10: MW 6:40 – 8:00, LCB 109 (except for 11 classes and one review session in Levin 005, as indicated in schedule)

  • Instructor: Adi Ben-Israel   
  • Instructor webpage: http://ben-israel.rutgers.edu/
  • E-mail: benisrael@rbsmail.rutgers.edu
  • Class website: http://ben-israel.rutgers.edu/386/Course.htm
  • Office: 249  J. H. Levin Building, Livingston Campus.
  • Telephone: (732) 445-5631, except for Office Hours when Telephone is: 732-445-3243
  • Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 8:30-9:30 PM.
  • Text: "Operations Management 33:623:386 Spring 2006 Edition, Compiled and Edited by Jonathan Eckstein". 
  • Software: Excel, and the Solver and YASAI add-ins. 
  • First meeting: Wednesday, January 23, 2008.
  • Common final exam:  TBA
  • Other Sections: All other sections will use the same textbook, follow the same basic curriculum, and take the same final exam.

General Information:

  • Attendance: Regular attendance is essential and will be informally monitored. In severe weather, please check the class website -- if at all possible, I will post any class cancellation or schedule change information there as soon as I can.  You can also monitor the Rutgers main website, WCTC AM 1450, or Rutgers INFO AM 530 for possible university closing information.
  • E-Mail List:  I may use Rutgers' RAMS e-mail system to post important information such as class cancellations or homework problem corrections and hints.  Please check your e-mail regularly for class announcements -- it will be your responsibility if you miss one of these announcements.  RAMS uses whatever e-mail Rutgers has on file for you, which is usually your "eden" e-mail account.  If you prefer to receive e-mail at another address, you must do one of the following two things.
  • Questions: Are encouraged during class and office hours, and via e-mail.
  • Exams: There will be three in-class hourly exams and a final. All exams will be closed book. For the hourly exams, you can bring a one-page "cram sheet" in your own handwriting (both sides of the paper are allowed). A two-page cram sheet (also in your own handwriting, both sides of the paper allowed) is permitted for the final. All sections of this course will have a common final exam. The final distribution of letter grades should depend on the section's final exam performance, as compared to other sections. The final will be "cumulative", covering all topics in the course.
  • Homework: Homework assignments will be given, and solutions posted.
  • Computer Lab:  All software needed for this course is installed in the computer lab in the Levin building.
  • Using non-lab computers:  You may use the Levin computer lab, other university clusters, or your own computers.  If the Solver does not appear on the "Tools" menu in Excel, you may have to go to "Add-ins" and check the box marked "Solver".  If Solver is not installed on your computer, you can install it from the Microsoft Office CD-ROM (you are out of luck if you have a "pirate" version of Office with no installation CD-ROM).  On computers outside the lab, you will probably have to download the YASAI add-in from its website.
  • Grading: No letter grades are assigned to individual exams, only numeric scores from 0 to 100. My plan is that your course grade will be based on your aggregate score, calculated by combining your scores on all written class work according to the following weights:  
    • 20% First hourly exam
    • 20% Second hourly exam
    • 20% Third hourly exam
    • 40% Final

Projected Syllabus

For 10 classes, we will study a variety of applications of something called linear programming.  We will spend 5 classes on a related topic called (mixed) integer programming.    Finally, we will spend 10 classes on elementary probability modeling, using simulation as our main analytical tool.


Detailed schedule, subject to change: