Operations Research


  1. Gaining insight into optimization problems and the way in which algorithms work;
  2. To improve student's ability to think logically about and to structure complex managerial problems;
  3. To effectively and efficiently develop spreadsheet-based models that can be used to significantly improve managerial decision making.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Fernanda dos Santos Jordão


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English


Recommended: Linear Algebra and some familiarity with the use of spreadsheet software (MS Excel)


  • Winston, W. (2004). Operations Research, Applications and Algorithms 4th ed; International student edition. South-Western, Cengage Learning. ISBN: 978-0-534-42362-9.
  • Albright, S. Christian and Winston, Wayne L. (2012). Management Science Modeling; International student edition. South-Western, Cengage Learning. ISBN: 978-1-111-53245-1.
  • Hillier, F. and Lieberman, G. (2005). Introduction to Operations Research, 8th edition, McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0-071-23828-1.

Teaching method

The course will consist in theoretical classes, which are complemented with practical classes, in a problem solving approach. Students also have tutorial classes, where they are expected to bring questions on the workbook exercises and individual assignments.

Evaluation method

1st Exam Period (Regular)
The final grade will be allocated to:

  • Test 1 (50%)
  • Test 2 (50%)

2nd Exam Period (Resit)
There will be a final exam worth 100%

Subject matter

  1. Introducing Operations Research
  2. Linear Programming
  3. Duality and Sensitivity Analysis
  4. Assignment, Transportation and Transhipment Problems
  5. Network Models
  6. Integer Programming


Programs where the course is taught: