HAWKINS                                                                            MATH 4401                                 SPRING 2009


INSTRUCTOR:          Tim Hawkins

OFFICE:                     Sequoya 149

PHONE:                     706-272-2514

OFFICE HOURS:      See office door for posted hours, or by appointment

EMAIL:                      thawkins@daltonstate.edu


TEXT:             Introduction to Operations Research 8th Edition, by Hillier & Lieberman




MATH 2256




The course will cover selected material in Chapters 1 through 12 of the text.  This course is an introduction to the principles and the practice of Operations Research, and its role in human decision making.  In particular, the course focuses on mathematical programming techniques such as linear programming (the Simplex Method, concepts of duality and sensitivity analysis), network optimization (transportation and assignment problems), and dynamic, nonlinear, and integer programming.




Student Learning Outcomes:          Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:


Tests:  Two tests will be given over the term along with a comprehensive final exam.  The average of the two tests will represent 50% of the class grade.

Test 1     Chapters 1 to 4

Test 2     Chapters 5 to 8  


Final Exam:    The Final Exam is a comprehensive exam that will represent 25% of the class grade.  The Final Exam is currently scheduled for:               

                        Monday, May 4, 2009 (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)


Homework:  Homework will be assigned daily and discussed the following class period.  Specified problems will turned in for a grade.  The homework average represents 25% of the class grade.


Final Grades:  The course grade will be based on the comprehensive final exam (25%), homework average (25%), and class test average (50%).   


                                                Grade Average                   Course Grade

                                                      90 - 100                                       A

                                                      80 - 89                                         B

                                                      70 - 79                                         C

                                                      60 - 69                                         D

                                                      Below 60                                     F






Attendance:    If you are absent from a class, you are responsible for all material covered and all announcements made.  No make-up tests will be given for any reason.  If you know that you will be out on a test date due to prior obligations, then you may make an appointment to take the test early.  If you are absent from a test, the final exam will replace your missed test score (final exam replaces lowest test score).  Only one missed test can be replaced; a second or third missed test will be given a grade of zero.


Honesty:         Every student is expected and required to do his or her own work in this course and all other courses at Dalton State College.  Any instances of cheating will result in a minimum penalty of dismissal from the course with a grade of “F”.


Visitors:          College policy allows only those students registered for a class to attend that class. You may not bring guests or children to class.


Etiquette:        Talking in class should be restricted solely to questions and comments pertaining to the material at hand and intended for me and the whole class to hear.  Using cellular phones, pagers, CD players, radios, and/or similar devices is prohibited in the classroom.


Math Lab:       The math lab will be available throughout the day for your assistance.  It is located in Sequoya, Room 140 and operating hours will be posted on the door.




The last day to drop this class without penalty is Monday March 23, 2009. You will be assigned a grade of W.  After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme hardship as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; otherwise a grade of WF will be issued.  The proper form for withdrawing from all classes at the college after the official drop/add period but before the published withdrawal date is the Schedule Adjustment Form.  Students who are assigned to the Academic Advising Center for advisement must meet with an advisor or staff member at the Academic Advising Center (107 Liberal Arts Building) to initiate the withdrawal process.  All other students must meet with a staff member or advisor at the Office of Academic Resources in the Pope Student Center to initiate the withdrawal process.  After meeting with the staff member or advisor, all students will then finalize the withdrawal process in the Financial Aid Office.  Students who fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of FWithdrawal from class is a student responsibility.  The grade of W counts as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.




If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the Schedule Adjustment Form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office located in Room 214 of the Technical Education Building. The Office is open on the following schedule:

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday:  9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday:  8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  The office phone number is 272-2635.




Students with disabilities or special needs are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services in Academic Resources.  In order to make an appointment to obtain information on the process of qualifying for accommodations, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Disability Support Specialist. 


Contact information:

Andrea Roberson

Pope Student Center, Lower Level