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Minor Title Minor in Operations Research & Mathematical Programming
Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in 2018-2019

The Minor in Operations Research & Mathematical Programming provides students with fundamental knowledge in optimization, computational algorithm, mathematical modeling, and decision making. It is specifically designed for students who are interested in the above subjects and those whose majors require sophisticated mathematical skills.  It aims to nurture quantitative reasoning, logical, analytical and critical thinking, innovative imagination, meticulous care to work, ability to conceptualize, skills for problem-solving and skills to tackle novel situations and ill-defined problems. It is particularly useful for solving mathematical problems arising from decision sciences and logistic industry.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
PLO 1 :

describe and demonstrate understanding of fundamental concepts in operations research & mathematical programming (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and project-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 2 :

apply mathematical methods and analysis to real life problems (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and project-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 3 :

communicate and discuss scientific issues related to mathematics (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and presentation opportunities in the curriculum)

Impermissible Combination:

Major in Mathematics
Major in Mathematics/Physics
Minor in Mathematics
Minor in Computational & Financial Mathematics

Required courses (42 credits)
1. Introductory level courses (18 credits) (note 3)
Disciplinary Core Course (6 credits)
MATH1013 University mathematics II (6)
Disciplinary Electives (12 credits)
Select either List A or List B:
List A
MATH2101 Linear algebra I (6)
MATH2211 Multivariable calculus (6)
List B
MATH2012 Fundamental concepts of mathematics (6)
MATH2014 Multivariable calculus and linear algebra (6)
2. Advanced level courses (24 credits)
Disciplinary Core Courses (12 credits)
MATH3901 Operations research I (6)
MATH3904 Introduction to optimization (6)
Disciplinary Electives (12 credits)
At least 12 credits selected from the following courses:
MATH3405 Differential equations (6)
MATH3600 Discrete mathematics (6)
MATH3905 Queueing theory and simulation (6)
MATH3906 Financial calculus (6)
MATH3911 Game theory and strategy (6)
MATH3943 Network models in operations research (6)
MATH4902 Operations research II (6)
MATH4907 Numerical methods for financial calculus (6)
MATH7502 Topics in applied discrete mathematics (6)
MATH7503 Topics in mathematical programming and optimization (6)

1. Double counting of credits is not permissible for major-minor or double-minors combinations. For a course appears as a core course ("disciplinary core") in the major-minor or double-minors, students have to make up the credits by taking replacement course in the minor. For details, please refer to "Students taking double Majors, Major-Minor or double Minors with overlapping course requirements" in the BSc syllabuses.

2. Students must have level 2 or above in HKDSE Extended Module 1 or 2 of Mathematics or equivalent to take this minor.  Students who do not fulfill this requirement are required to take MATH1011 University mathematics I.

3. Students taking the Mathematics related major/minor should check the exemption and replacement arrangement for the introductory level Disciplinary Core Mathematics courses at http://www.scifac.hku.hk/ug/current/bsc/curriculum/overlapping-course-req.


Important! Ultimate responsibility rests with students to ensure that the required pre-requisites and co-requisite of selected courses are fulfilled. Students must take and pass all required courses in the selected primary science major in order to satisfy the degree graduation requirements.

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