Quantitative Methods

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2011
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

TR 11-12:20 TTh

Dr. Mike Patterson (view Profile)


Course Objectives

General Learning Goals:

Understand the role of quantitative modeling in business and economics.  Students will practice problem solving and decision-making skills during in-class discussion.  Assessment will occur on both homework assignments and course examinations.

Course Expectations

Course Specific Learning Goals:
Upon completion of the course students will have a basic knowledge of and understanding of the following components, concepts and applications.

• ·         Define and discuss the fundamentals of linear programming model formulation and interpretation.

·         Explore the role of mathematical modeling in multi-objective programming, transportation, assignment and dynamic programming.

·         Understand the PERT and CPM approach to managing projects and other network models such as the minimal spanning tree and shortest path algorithm.

·         Define and discuss the basic concepts involved with waiting line models.

Grading Standards

Grades will be determined on the basis of the total points earned on five 100-point exams and the 250 point comprehensive final and any missing or late homework assignments.  A calculator may be allowed for the exams and quizzes.  The calculator must be a regular hand-held calculator.  No other electronic devices are allowed.


            Letter grades will be given according to the following scale:


                        A  675 - 750 points                                          D  450 – 524  points

                        B  600 - 674 points                                          F  below 450  points

                        C  525 - 599 points


You will assign yourself an  ID number for record keeping in this class when you take the first examination.  Please record your number for future reference.

 I do not return examinations to students.  You may look at your examination in my office.  Due to the number of students and examinations in my classes, I ask that if you wish to review your examination, you do so within two weeks of taking the examination

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all class meetings for this course, following the university attendance policy. (See Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog, Vol. LXXVII, No. 1, p. 90). Each meeting of the class will run as scheduled. So as not to disturb the class, you are not to walk in and out of the classroom during the class hour except for an emergency. As a courtesy to all concerned, please silence all pagers and telephones when entering the classroom.

Other Policies

(The other policies may include classroom behavior, dropping a course, instructor drop,
grade change, grade appeals, etc)

If a student misses a regularly scheduled exam, the student must immediately notify the instructor of his/her intention to schedule a make-up exam. There is no other recourse available for a missed exam in the class. The exam dates are tentative and subject to change.

Homework Problems - Each is a requirement of the class. You are required to complete 13 of the 18 assignments. Each homework assignment must be turned in on time. All homework is due in two weeks of the completion of lectures ( one week for summer semester) related to the homework topics, with the exception of homework assigned at the end of the semester. Due dates for end-of-semester homework will be announced. A one-point deduction from the semester average will be calculated at the end of the semester for each missing or late homework assignment.
The results of your exams and homework will be posted periodically on a bulletin board. It is the responsibility of the student to assure that homework is being received and proper credit is given. \

Academic Integrity:

With regard to academic honesty, students are referred to the “Student Honor Creed” on p. 23 of Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog, Vol. LXXVI, No. 1.

Americans with Disabilities Act:
This class follows the guidelines suggested by the Center for Counseling and Disabilities Services for those students who qualify for disability services. See Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog, Vol. LXXVI, No. 1, pp. 26-27.

Syllabus Change Policy:
This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change.

Additional Information: Operations Homework Notes
Homework assignments for this class are located on the Dillard server drive Y. These files may be accessed in the computer labs in room 146 and 306.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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