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There are a number of typical models in the Operations Research field which can be applied to a wide range of

supply chain problems. In other words, by learning a typical model various problems in supply chain optimisation

domain can be addressed.

Please note that the basis of all proposed problems is the methods that you have learned in this course; however,

none of them has been directly taught. The reason behind the design of this assignment is that there are

hundreds of problem variations with the same structure in the real business world. Therefore, by learning the

linear programming, students should be able to formulate a solution for problems which have similar structure

to a typical problem. Students are required to research one of the proposed topics and address the assignment

requirements accordingly.

Step 1: Identify and Solve a Typical Problem

Select one of the following typical models:

1.1. Background:

1.2. Model

model (e.g. decision variable, objective function, constraints, etc.)

1.3. Solving an Example

– For many typical problems, when size of the problem increases, it becomes NP-Hard. In other words,

your computer will not be able to solve it mathematically. Therefore, ‘workable and reasonable size’

here means that size of the selected problem should not be too small or too large.

getting the solution are provided in the Word document.

Step 2: LR on Application of Selected Typical Model in Design and Analysis of Supply Chain

address knowledge gaps in supply chain field.

– At least one of the selected articles should be published after 2010.

analysis of supply chain and address the following (but not limited to) points:

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– What type of problems in supply chain can be addressed by the selected typical problem?

– Compare similarities and differences of selected articles.

– Discuss the suitability of using the selected typical model in design/analysis of various supply chains.

– What are the limitations of your selected typical problem?

– Undertaking any additional critical and/or content analysis on the application of selected typical

problem in design and analysis of supply chain is highly recommended.

Step 3: Summary of Findings

and analysis of supply chain should be summarised in this section.

Assessment 2 (Individual Assignment)
There are a number of typical models in the Operations Research field which can be applied to a wide range of
supply chain problems. In other words, by learning a typical model various problems in supply chain optimisation
domain can be addressed.
Please note that the basis of all proposed problems is the methods that you have learned in this course; however,
none of them has been directly taught. The reason behind the design of this assignment is that there are
hundreds of problem variations with the same structure in the real business world. Therefore, by learning the
linear programming, students should be able to formulate a solution for problems which have similar structure
to a typical problem. Students are required to research one of the proposed topics and address the assignment
requirements accordingly.
Step 1: Identify and Solve a Typical Problem
Select one of the following typical models:
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Vehicle Routing Problems (VRP)
Machine Scheduling Problem
Job Shop Scheduling
Flow Shop Scheduling
Pickup and Delivery
Christmas Lunch Problem
Knapsack Problem
Newsvendor Problem
Travelling Thief Problem
Eight Queens Problem
Hamiltonian Path Problem
1.1. Background:
• Provide a detailed explanation of the selected problem.
1.2. Model
• Provide typical mathematical model of the selected problem and clearly explain different aspects of the
model (e.g. decision variable, objective function, constraints, etc.)
1.3. Solving an Example
• Develop a mathematical model for a workable and reasonable size of the problem.
– For many typical problems, when size of the problem increases, it becomes NP-Hard. In other words,
your computer will not be able to solve it mathematically. Therefore, ‘workable and reasonable size’
here means that size of the selected problem should not be too small or too large.
• Solve the problem in Excel and transfer your solution to Word. It is required that details and steps of
getting the solution are provided in the Word document.
• Interpret the findings and discuss.
Step 2: LR on Application of Selected Typical Model in Design and Analysis of Supply Chain
• Identify at least 5 peer reviewed articles in which your selected typical problem has been employed to
address knowledge gaps in supply chain field.
– At least one of the selected articles should be published after 2010.
• Write a comprehensive literature review on the application of “your selected” typical model in design and
analysis of supply chain and address the following (but not limited to) points:
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What type of problems in supply chain can be addressed by the selected typical problem?
Compare similarities and differences of selected articles.
Discuss the suitability of using the selected typical model in design/analysis of various supply chains.
What are the limitations of your selected typical problem?
Undertaking any additional critical and/or content analysis on the application of selected typical
problem in design and analysis of supply chain is highly recommended.
Step 3: Summary of Findings
• A summary of findings regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the selected typical problem in design
and analysis of supply chain should be summarised in this section.
Note:
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From each article something unique should be explained in the report.
Word limit: 2500 ± 500 words
As a RMIT Business student, you are required to use the Harvard referencing system.
The naming convention for both Word and Excel files is: ‘Student Number_Student Name’. Both Word
and Excel files should be uploaded to the Canvas.
Rubric:
The assignment report is marked based on the following rubric:
Criteria
Description
Background of Typical
Problem
Model
Refer to the assignment
description
Refer to the assignment
description
Refer to the assignment
description
Refer to the assignment
description
Refer to the assignment
description
Quality of writing, grammar,
citations, references, format
and structure of report,
captions, etc.
Solving an Example
Literature Review
Summary of Findings
Presentation
Weight
2
10%
20%
15%
40%
5%
10%
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