TPK4161 - Supply Chain Analytics


New from the academic year 2017/2018

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Semester assignment 30/100 1 semesters A
Written examination 70/100 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 and non-linear programming. Flow and network modelling. Queueing models and Markov chains. Some analytical results and use of discrete event simulation. Monte Carlo simulation Systems dynamics modelling. Forecasting. Statistical process control. Reliability and maintenance of the production line. Synchronization of maintenance and production activities. Multivariate regression analysis for analysis of performance data. Statistical techniques for estimation of model parameters. Machine learning and Big Data. Quantitative methods for artificial intelligence. Methods for economical analysis and especially activity based calculation. Models and visualization of cyber physical systems in real time. Decision trees. Expected Utility theory.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: 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.

Skills: 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 and dedicated tools for systems dynamic and discrete event simulation.

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 project work. Admission to taking exam requires exercises 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

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a semester paper counting 30 % and a written exam counting 70 %. The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade according to the grading scale using percentage points.
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.
By a re-take of an examination all assessments during the course, that counts in the final grade, have to be re-taken.
If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Knowledge corresponding to TPK4100 Operation Management.

Course materials

Course compendium.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Semester assignment 30/100 A
Autumn ORD Written examination 70/100 C 2017-12-21 09:00 D104 , Storhall del 1
  • * 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.