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OPMT 3197 - Management Science

Operations Management Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course provides students with an introduction to an area of management science that is sometimes called quantitative methods or operations research. The objective of this course is to have students develop an appreciation of the management science approach to problem formulation and solution that is now so important in today’s business and industrial sectors. The course focuses on quantitative approaches to decision making and introduces a variety of management sciences models, methods, and procedures. The major areas of study are linear programming (LP), simulation modeling, and forecasting.


OPMT 1197 with a minimum grade of 65% or an equivalent college level Business Stats course with a minimum B grade, Accessibility to and basic knowledge of personal computers. The following calculator is required for this course: BA II Plus / Financial Calculator by Texas Instruments





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 43890

Wed Sep 08 - Wed Nov 24 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 08 - Nov 24 Wed 18:00 - 22:00 Online


Daniel Anvari

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. No class on November 11
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

Linear Programming

  • Use graphical solution procedures for LP problems with only two variables to understand how LP problems are solved.
  • Understand how to setup LP problems in a spreadsheet and solve them using Excel Solver.
  • Model a wide variety of LP problems: Understand major business application areas for LP problems such as manufacturing, marketing, labour scheduling, blending, transportation, and multi-period planning.
  • Formulate Integer Programming (IP) models; setup and solve IP problems using Excel Solver.

Monte Carlo Simulation

  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of simulation.
  • Tackle a variety of problems using Monte Carlo simulation, such as NPV/IRR models, expected profit models, and models for operational decisions and policies.
  • Setup and solve simulation models using Excel’s standard functions.


  • Understand and know when to use various families of forecasting models (qualitative models versus time series models).
  • Develop stationary models: moving averages, weighted moving averages, and exponential smoothing.
  • Develop a simple linear regression trend model. Students will be exposed to seasonality models, but they will not be covered in depth.

Effective as of Fall 2016

Related Programs

OPMT 3197 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Accounting
    Part-time   Diploma
  2. Advanced Business Management
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Certificate
  3. Business Administration (General Option)
    Part-time   Diploma
  4. Business Administration (Human Resources Option)
    Part-time   Diploma
  5. Business Administration (Management Option)
    Part-time   Diploma
  6. Financial Management (Professional Accounting Option)
    Part-time   Certificate


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