Herbert J. Bernstein
Professor of Computer Science
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dowling College, 1300 William Floyd Parkway, B111B, Shirley, NY 11967  
22912 MTH 1007 Operations Research 
Spring 2012 
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This is the syllabus for one section (CRN 22912) of MTH 1007 for Spring 2012. As the course moves forward, students should return to this page frequently for updated material.
MTH 1007A. Operations Research 3 credits
An introduction to the quantitative techniques in current use in the business
world. Considered in turn are breakeven
analysis, applications of probability, decision making under uncertainty,
replacement analysis, linear programming and
simulation. Prerequisites: MTH 1002A and MTH 1006A.
The Spring 2012 section is:
Operations Research  22912  MTH 1007A  0  

Associated Term: Winter/Spring 2012
Registration Dates: Nov 14, 2011 to May 14, 2012 Levels: Undergraduate Attributes: Liberal Arts Instructors: Herbert J. Bernstein (P) Brookhaven Campus Lecture Schedule Type On Line Instructional Method 3.000 Credits View Catalog Entry

Students have the option of meeting with the instructor either onsite 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 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and on the Oakdale campus on Wednesday afternoons. Meetings on the Oakdale campus will be in KSC 103. Meetings at the Oakdale campus are by appointment only.
For more information see http://www.bernsteinplussons.com/.dowling/HJB_Contact_Info.html.
Students are responsible for all assigned readings even if the material is not covered in the weekly quizzes or the online materials.
Students may find the following texts helpful in understanding the subject and in using spreadsheet programs to do calculations for the course.
Students are expected to have their text books no later than the second week of the semester.
This is an online class, with no onsite 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 online 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 onsite 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.
As noted above students will be given weekly quizzes. The weekly quizzes are openweb, openbook, opennotes 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 inclass midterm exam. The midterm 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.
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.
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