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Herbert J. Bernstein Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dowling College, 1300 William Floyd Parkway, B205, Shirley, NY 11967

90103 MTH 1007 Operations Research -- Fall 2013
On Line Course

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This is the syllabus for one section (CRN 90103) of MTH 1007 for Fall 2013. As the course moves forward, students should return to this page frequently for updated material.

Catalog description:

MTH 1007A. Operations Research 3 credits

An introduction to the quantitative techniques in current use in the business world. Considered in turn are break-even analysis, applications of probability, decision making under uncertainty, replacement analysis, linear programming and simulation. Prerequisites: MTH 1002A and MTH 1006A.

The Fall 2013 section is:

Operations Research - 90103 - MTH 1007A - 0
Associated Term: Fall 2013
Registration Dates: Apr 2, 2013 to Dec 21, 2013
Levels: Undergraduate
Attributes: Liberal Arts
Instructors: Herbert J. Bernstein (P)

On Line
Lecture Schedule Type
On Line Instructional Method
3.000 Credits
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Scheduled Meeting Times
Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
On line TBA   TBA Sep 04, 2013 - Dec 20, 2013 Lecture Herbert J. Bernstein (P)E-mail


Office Hours:

Students have the option of meeting with the instructor either on-site or via Skype. In order to avoid conflicts with other students and other obligations of the instructor, if possible please make an appointment via email.

Note that, in general, Dr. Bernstein will be at the Brookhaven campus on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and on the Oakdale campus on Wednesday afternoons. Meetings on the Oakdale campus will be in KSC 103.

For more information see http://www.bernstein-plus-sons.com/.dowling/HJB_Contact_Info.html.

Required Texts:

Students are responsible for all assigned readings even if the material is not covered in the weekly quizzes or the online materials.

Recommended Texts:

Students may find the following texts helpful in understanding the subject and in using spreadsheet programs to do calculations for the course.

Required Materials

Students are expected to have their text books no later than the second week of the semester.


This is an online class, with no on-site meetings. The major risk in taking an on line course is in failing to make steady progress through the semester. Therefore, all students are required both to demonstrate their progress with on-line quizzes and to attend at least one online meeting every 2 weeks with the instructor to discuss the work they are doing for this class. Students are encouraged to schedule these online meetings in groups via Skype, but they may meet the requirement with individual Skype meetings or by on-site meetings during office hours.

Students who fail to maintain regular contact with the instructor prior to the midterm will get a midterm warning and be advised to withdraw from the course.

Grading Policy:

As noted above students will be given weekly quizzes. The weekly quizzes are open-web, open-book, open-notes quizzes, but that won't work in your favor if you don't do the reading.

Every student will be required to maintain a contemporaneous hardbound notebook recording all significant activities related to this course. The notebook should record the major topics discussed, questions about the subject matter of the course and the answers when they are found. You will find a good notebook very helpful in taking the final, but, more importantly, the process of reading and taking detailed notes on what you are reading will help you to learn the material.

In order to do the work for the course, you should become proficient in working with spreadsheets. The assignments can be done by hand using printed tables, but they will take much longer than if you do them with a spreadsheet program. You may do assignments either with Excel or with Open Office Calc. You may find the recommended reading helpful in working with spreadsheets. You may find workshops at the Instructional Resource Center helpful. It is highly recommended that you work together on the mechanics of using spreadsheets and in understanding the assigned problems, but it is important and required that each student construct their own solution to each spreadsheet problem.

Students must do the assignments steadily throughout the semester, not just to show that they know the material, but to give them the practice they need to learn the material well. Therefore, students are encouraged to submit all assignments on time. If an assignment is submitted one week late there will be a 50% penalty for that assignment. No more than three late assignments will be accepted during the semester. No assignments will be accepted that are two or more weeks late.

There will not be an in-class midterm exam. The mid-term evaluation will be based on the notebook, assignments and quizzes.

An open notes, open computer/calculator final will be given. The final will be given on line during a supervised Skype session.

Course Syllabus

The course will begin with administrative matters and some issues not covered in the text.

Course Objectives

There will be an ungraded diagnostic quiz given during the first lecture to help students understand how well prepared they are for the work in this course.


Please consult the course assignments page frequently, but the basic assignment that applies at all times is to read every page of the text and to do every problem, even though not all problems will be required to be submitted.

Dowling Computer Club

If you're interested in joining with your fellow students in developing and maintaining a web site, or pursuing your exploration of computer hardware or software, you might want to consider joining the Dowling Computer Club. Just follow the link for further details:

Dowling College Computer Club Web Site

Updated 1 September 2013.