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Maureen A. Pirog
PB AF 599
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Study and analysis of special topics in public affairs. Topics vary each quarter depending on curricular needs and interests of students and faculty.

Class description

Topics: MANAGEMENT SCIENCE AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH METHODS FOR POLICY ANALYSTS - This course provides the student with an introduction to modeling problems commonly found in both private sector and public sector management and policy. The course has two objectives. The first objective is to understand how to construct useful models. The second objective is to learn quantitative techniques for modeling and decision making. The techniques include queues, simulations, Markov processes, linear programming and some of its variants (goal programming, transportation and assignment problems), project scheduling, assessing the value of information, and decision analysis. Emphasis will be on assessing the appropriateness of various methods and interpretation of the results, rather than merely getting "the answer."

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 03/08/2010