MTH309 Principles of Operations Research (8)

This subject provides a foundation in basic practice of operations research, that is, solving the decision making problems that commonly confront managers by developing mathematical models of those problems. The emphasis is on understanding the methods of developing mathematical models and the use of a software package in solving the problems.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MTH309. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics


STA201 or QBM117 or STA401 and MTH101 or MTH129

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify applications where operations research techniques can be used in the decision making process;
  • be able to construct mathematical models for the various management applications;
  • be able to interpret/analyse, manually or automatically, the results from the mathematical models studied and use them in making better management decisions;
  • be able to apply automated tools in the process of decision making.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Linear programming.
  • Transportation, assignment and transhipment problems.
  • Network models.
  • Project management.
  • Inventory models.
  • Waiting line models.
  • Decision analysis.
  • Decision making with probabilities.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.