Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MATH 142, 151; 15 pts from (MATH 243, 244, 251, 261); 15 further 200-level MATH or OPRE pts

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A course in the theory, algorithms and applications of optimisation, including the use of a computer package to formulate, solve and interpret optimisation problems.

    Course content
    This is an initial outline of the contents of the course with the corresponding sections of the textbooks of Rardin (R) and Hillier and Lieberman (HL); see below for more information. Note that the list of topics and the allocated weeks are tentative and subject to change.

    • Unconstrained Nonlinear Optimization
    • Linear Optimization, Duality Theory
    • Constrained Nonlinear Optimization
    • Dynamic Programming and Discrete Optimization

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • Apply an appropriate algorithm or numerical method for solving a given problem.
    • Discuss the relative advantages and limitations of various algorithms and numerical methods.
    • Understand the derivation of the theoretical foundations for optimality.

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