Cod: 21076
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Mathematics
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 26

This learning unit introduces the student to some basic concepts and techniques of operational research theory.

1. Linear programming
2. Queueing theory
3. Projects Management
4. Simulation

Upon completion of this course it is intended that the student is able to:
• Recognize the utility linear optimization, queuing theory, project management and simulation;
• Apply the main linear optimization techniques, queuing theory and project management and simulation;
• solve specific practical problems in the context of operational research.

1 Introduction to Operations Research
2 Linear Programming. Introduction to linear programming, graphical method, the simplex method, duality theory.
3 Queueing theory. Introduction to queueing theory, queuing systems.
4 Project Management. Introduction to project management, critical path method, resource management.
5 Simulation

  • Araújo da Costa, Ruy (2002).  Investigação Operacional, Edições Universidade Aberta, Lisboa.
  • Hillier, F. S., Liberman, G. J. (2005). Introduction to Operations Research, 8ª edição, McGraw-Hill.
  • TAHA, H.A. Operations Research: An Introduction, (6th edition), Macmillan & Collier, New York, 1997.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Pre-requisites: not applicable