Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student
*Knows the most important systems of the production planning and optimization used in the process industries, their structure and operation principles;
*Knows the most important operation research areas and their typical problems;
*Is able to use linear programming: Simplex methods and its variants;
*Knows the methods for transportation, inventory and supply chain optimization;
*Knows dynamic programming, integer programming and nonlinear programming methods and their use;
*Knows most common scheduling methods and their use.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 19.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Iiro Harjunkoski

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Iiro Harjunkoski, Maryam Mohammadi

Contact information for the course (valid 25.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Main contact through email (during the pandemic) to Iiro Harjunkoski

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The aim of the course is to give knowledge about methods used in production planning and optimization of industrial processes. Applications of production control are also discussed.
    Supply chain optimization (LP)
    Production scheduling (MILP)

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Linear programming (Simplex method)

    Supply chains and their optimization

    Integer programming

    Dynamic programming

    Production scheduling

    Heuristics and metaheuristics

    Related applications

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Independent study and exam

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course written exam (80% of final grade)

    Two course assignments (20% of final grade)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Home assignments and independent study

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Lectures: 24 h

    Exercises: 18 h

    Assignments: 80 h

    Exam: 4 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be announced later.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Hillier & Lieberman: Introduction to Operations Research

    Bernard W. Taylor III: Introduction to Management Science

    other material shared in slides

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E7155 Production Planning and Control (5 cr)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be announced later.

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course 2020 will be given on-line (Zoom). Below the full information:

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    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action