ORL-30806 Operations Research and Logistics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. R Haijema
Lecturer(s)dr. KGJ Pauls-Worm
dr. R Haijema
dr. D Krushynskyi
Examiner(s)dr. KGJ Pauls-Worm
dr. R Haijema
prof. dr. JM Bloemhof

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ORL-20306 Decision Science 1.


This course broadens in deepens the knowledge and skills acquired in ORL-20306 Decision Science 1. The global aim is to learn to deal with new (difficult) models and algorithms. The focus of the course is on supporting logistical decision processes in an industrial environment by means of quantitative models and techniques. Long-term as well as short-term management/control of good-flows and required production factors are studied. Some of the topics: location-allocation problems (strategic control level), production planning and inventory management (tactical control level), routing problems (operational control level), non-linear programming.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- classify typical decision problems in logistics;
- deduce a quantitative model for presented decision problems in logistics;
- judge which algorithm is appropriate to solve the formulated problem;
- apply (newly) provided algorithms to calculate a solution to a provided decision problem;
- evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of algorithms;
- select from OR journals an appropriate article on a prespecified topic, as preparation for thesis research activities;
- argue on the tenor of the selected OR article in a presentation.


- studying the literature;
- acquiring knowledge, skills and insight by active participation in the tutorials;
- making exercises and acquiring skills by active participation in the tutorials and practicals;
- study with a group an article and present a summary (assignment).


Admission condition to the written exam: sufficient assessment of the assignment during the course. The written open book exam has to be passed with a score equal or higher than 50 out of 90 points. With the practicals 10 points maximum can be obtained. Written exam + practicals = max 100 points.


Ghiani G, Laporte G, Musmanno R. (2013). Introduction to logistics systems management, 2nd ed. Wiley. 478 p. ISBN-10: 1119943388; ISBN-13: 978-1119943389.
Reader Computer Practical's Operations Research and Logistics (Blackboard).

Compulsory for: MFQFood Quality ManagementMScB: Quality and Food Logistics6MO
Restricted Optional for: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScA: Business Studies6MO
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScD: Management in Life Sciences6MO
MBEBiosystems EngineeringMSc6MO