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IB207-12 Mathematical Programming II

Warwick Business School
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Bo Chen
Credit value
30% coursework, 70% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description


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Module aims

This module addresses further theoretical and practical problems of mathematical
programming, based on the prerequisite knowledge of linear programming and the duality
theory. It provides an introduction to the world of discrete and non-linear optimization with
coverage of application context, theoretical basis and methodological skills.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

This module includes coverage of theoretical and practical aspects of mathematical programming. In particular it covers:
linear programming problems with integer variables; the branch-and-bound algorithm; dynamic programming; network
optimisation; approximation algorithms; convex sets and functions and their role in optimisation; simple optimality conditions for
non-linear programming problems; use of spreadsheets for the solution of optimisation problems

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Apply optimisation techniques to the solution of the problems using spreadsheets andother appropriate software;
  • Identify the business problems that can be modelled using optimisation techniques andformulate them in a suitable mathematical form;
  • Report on the meaning of the optimal solution in a manner suited to a business context.
  • List and challenge the assumptions underpinning each of the key models studied.
  • Reflect critically on the limitations of each of the models studied.
  • Report on the meaning of the optimal solutions in a manner suited to a business context.
Indicative reading list

Recommended references:

  • Winston, Operations Research: Applications and Algorithms, 4th Ed., 2004 (or later)
  • Hillier and G. Lieberman, Introduction to Operations Research, 9th Ed., 2010 (or later)
  • H. Papadimitriou and K. Steiglitz, Combinatorial Optimization: Algorithms and Complexity, Dover Publications, 1998.
    Basic terminology and techniques can also be found in the textbooks below:
  • Anderson, Sweeney and Williams, An Introduction to Management Science, (any edition), West
  • Taylor, Introduction to Management Science, (any edition), Prentice Hall
  • Taha, Operations Research: An introduction. (Any addition)
Subject specific skills

Spreadsheet modelling skills.

Transferable skills

Model a business optimisation problem and construct spreadsheets to solve an optimisation problem.

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 10 sessions of 1 hour (100%)
Total 10 hours
Private study description

Private Study.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group D4
Weighting Study time
Individual Assignment 30% 17 hours
Online Examination 70% 46 hours


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Past exam papers for IB207


IB104-12 Mathematical Programming I

Post-requisite modules

If you pass this module, you can take:

  • IB352-15 Applied Optimization Methods


This module is Core for:

  • Year 2 of USTA-G300 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics

This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 2 of UMAA-G1N2 Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year)

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 2 of USTA-G305 Undergraduate Data Science (MSci) (with Intercalated Year)

This module is Option list B for:

  • Year 2 of UMAA-G105 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 2 of UMAA-G106 Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe
  • Year 2 of UMAA-G1NC Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies
  • Year 2 of UMAA-GL11 Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics
  • Year 2 of UECA-GL12 Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 2 of UMAA-G101 Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year