TPK4161 - Supply Chain Analytics


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Introduction to mathematical modelling as a tool to address challenges in production logistics and supply chains. Problem formulation and choice of modelling. Linear, dynamic, non-linear and stochastic programming. Flow and network modelling. Queueing models and Markov chains. Some analytical results and use of discrete event simulation. Monte Carlo simulation. Stochastic inventory models. Forecasting. Reliability and maintenance of the production line. Synchronization of maintenance and production activities. Models and visualization of cyber physical systems in real time. Decision trees. Expected Utility theory.

Learning outcome


Basic insight in mathematical formulation of operations and supply chain management problems. Ability to analyse and understand real problems in order to develop realistic models where text book examples are not sufficient. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of various modelling approaches.


Be able to perform practical quantitative analysis related to operations and supply chain management. The students will be trained in using easy available tools like MS Excel with visual basic programming.

General competence:

Understand the relevance of quantitative analysis related to operations and supply chain management and the implication related to competence requirements in the companies.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and semester work. Admission to taking exam requires exercises and semester work to have been approved.

The lectures and exercises are given in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. If the teaching is given in English the examination papers will be given in English only.

Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Activities
  • Semester Assignment

Further on evaluation

Eight exercises must be submitted and approved to be able to take the exam. A mandatory semester paper shall be carried out. The written exam counts 100 % for the grade.

Mandatory work from previous semester can be accepted by the Department by re-take of an examination if there haven't been any significant changes later.

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Course compendium to be downloaded from Blackboard. The course has a public home page.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TPK4191 5.0 AUTUMN 2024
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Production and Quality Engineering - Production Management
  • Information Technology and Informatics
  • Technological subjects
  • Economics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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