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IE1XX : Introduction to IE and OR

Prerequisites: None


The course briefly introduces the evolution of various aspects of IE and OR over the past decades, and its current and future prospects. The different broad theme areas relevant to IEOR may also be discussed. 

Students will be encouraged towards problem scoping and thinking from first principles on a range of issues. Examples of modern work systems designed to provide value in manufacturing and services (large factory, bus terminus, hospital, primary school, sports facility for training and events) will be discussed. Applications to a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, health care, sports, logistics, academics, banks, etc. will be discussed. 

Links to sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals  will be discussed to make students aware of challenges and opportunities.


  • Bonnie Boardman, Introduction to Industrial Engineering, 2020. Available in OpenTextBook Library
  • Richard C. Larson and Amedeo R. Odoni, URBAN OPERATIONS RESEARCH, MIT Press

  • Goldratt, 2004, Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, 3rd edition, Routledge

  • P. Senge, Fifth Discipline, 2006

  • Dimitris Bertsimas and Robert Freund, Data, Models and Decisions, Dynamic Ideas LLC, 200