Scheduling Staff and Space: A Matter of Course

by: Nestley Sore

Publication Date: March 10, 2017
Length: 7 pages
Product ID#: 1-009-000

Core Disciplines: Strategy & Management

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Kristley So, a university registrar, must come up with the optimal scheduling of faculty, classrooms, and curriculum for the upcoming semester. The university wants to offer as many courses as possible so that students will be able to graduate in the shortest time. But those courses must have at least 30 enrollees to prevent financial losses for the university. Faculty teaching loads and room availability must also be considered. Students are asked to use Integer Linear Programming to solve this multi-faceted scheduling problem.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Construct Integer Linear Programming (ILP) models.
  • Create solution strategies to solve ILP problems.
  • Apply the concepts of ILP to solve operations research problems.
  • Solve ILP models using SOLVER.
  • Apply Cost Analysis in comparing solutions.