MOOCOR is a free online course in Operations Research. As a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
it is an online course aimed at large-scale participation and open (free) access via the internet.
It is similar to a university course in operations research or linear
programming but does not offer academic credit. It is intended for students who
are required to take an operations research course in their curriculum or
professionals who need a refresher course in Operations Research. Although the
course does not award any credit or certificate, it can help tremendously in
preparation for actual classes to be taken or understanding the concepts and
methodologies used in operations research.
University Affiliation (Legal Stuff)
MOOCOR is offered as a community service by the instructor of the
course. It is not sanctioned by, or affiliated with the instructor's employer
Other programs that require Operations Research and or Linear Programming courses as requirement
Ten topics are covered. They are:
Finding Feasible Regions
Extreme Points, LP and Its Standard Form
Writing LPs from Feasible Regions
Simplex Method - Big M Method
Simplex Method - Two Phase Method
Matrix Representation of LP, Its Solution and Tableau Structure
Revised Simplex Method
Duality. We will also cover
Transportation Problem is also covered as extra topic.
Personal assessment through online quizzes
Peer evaluation of homework assignments
Ten topic tests: one for each topic, one week after the completion of the topic and successfully passing the homework assignment
Grade equivalency: Passing 7 or 8 or 9 topics is equivalent to grade C or B or A in and undergraduate university class.
March 7 to May 15, 2015
Pre-requisite Knowledge Required:
A knowledge level of first calculus course is required. However lectures, course Web page and handouts provide many links
to free online resources that participants can use to learn the required math skills.
Depending on participants' background will range from medium to heavy
Yes, for each topic
Yes, through YouTube
Textbook / Materials:
One of the textbooks by (Winston) or (Hillier and Liebermann) is recommended to be used with the
course for deeper understanding of concepts and extended coverage.
They do not have to be the latest edition. Essentially any Introduction to Operations Research textbook is fine.
If you do not have access or can not afford to buy the books the course Web site provides
rich online resources materials to get you through the course.
Yes, through Google groups (Need to create or have Google profile)