Courses » Introduction to Operations Research

Introduction to Operations Research


Operations Research (OR) is a discipline that helps to make better decisions in complex scenarios by the application of a set of advanced analytical methods. It couples theories, results and theorems of mathematics, statistics and probability with its own theories and algorithms for problem solving. Applications of OR techniques spread over various fields in engineering, management and public systems. 

This course introduces the students to the following topics
  • Linear Programming,
  • Transportation problems
  • Assignment problems.
  • Advanced topics on duality.
At the end of this course students will be able to understand, formulate linear programming problems and applications.

Important For Certification/Credit Transfer:

Weekly Assignments and Discussion Forum can be accessed ONLY by enrolling here

Scroll down to Enroll

Note: Content is Free!

All content including discussion forum and assignments, is free

Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee.





Dr. G. Srinivasan
Department of Management Studies
IIT Madras


Unit 1:
Linear Programming (LP): Terminology and formulations
Unit 2: Graphical and Algebraic solutions to LP
Unit 3: Simplex Algorithm: Algebraic form, Tabular form, Types of LPs, Matrix  
Unit 4: Duality: Writing the dual of an LP, Primal-Dual relationships
Unit 5: Dual: Basic understanding, significance, interpretation, Dual Simplex algorithm
Unit 6: Transportation Problem
Unit 7: Assignment Problem
Unit 8: Solving LPs using Solver, Sensitivity analysis

Course Pattern
  • A unit will contain a number of topics
  • Each topic will have a video of 15-20 minutes duration.
  • There will be two assignments for each unit
  • Most of the assignment questions will be multiple choice/fill in the blanks/writing a number as answers etc.
  • There may be a few questions on LP formulations where the candidate will have to submit the assignment in e-format. 

  1. "Operations Research:Principles and Applications" by G.Srinivasan, PHI Learning Private Limited.
  2. "Operations Research: An Introduction" by Hamdy A. Taha, Pearson.
  3. "Operations Research: Principles and Practice" by Ravindran, Phillips and Solberg, Wiley India
  4. "Operations Research: Concepts and Cases" by Hillier and Liberman, McGraw-Hill 

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exam: October 7, 2018 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams: Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm.
  • Exam for this Course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of 8 weeks course: Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable atnptel.ac.in/noc.