Linear Optimization (MDES655) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Linear Optimization MDES655 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Consent of the instructor
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture.
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Course Objectives This course aims to give to Ph.D. students from different engineering backgrounds the skills of real life problem formulation with linear optimization along with the use of basic computer packages to solve the problems.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • 1. Students will have a vision of linear optimization and duality. 2. Students will get a perspective of linear optimization algorithms and be able to code and implement algorithms. 3. Students will develop a vision of the application areas of linear optimization. 4. Students will have a knowledge of decomposition techniques especially for large scaled linear optimization problems. 5. Students will be familiarized with algorithmic complexity and convergence issues.
Course Content Sets of linear equations, linear feasibility and optimization, local and global optima, the Simplex method and its variants, theory of duality and the dual-Simplex method, network-Simplex algorithms, computational complexity issues and interior-point algorithms.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 An introduction to linear feasibility and linear optimization problems. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
2 Geometry of linear optimization, polyhedral sets, extreme points and basic feasible solutions. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
3 The Simplex Algorithm. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
4 Duality theory and complementary slackness. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
5 Sensitivity analysis and parametric linear programming. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
6 The Dual Simplex Algorithm. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
7 Extensions of the Simplex Method. Simplex with upper and lower bounds. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
8 Midterm -
9 Algorithms with sparse matrices and decomposition techniques. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
10 The network-flow problems and the Network Simplex Method. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
11 Application issues of linear optimization. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
12 Algorithmic complexity of the Simplex Method. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
13 The ellipsoid method and an overview of interior-point algorithms. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
14 Algorithm coding and presentations. Related pages of the textbook and other courses
15 Overall review -
16 Final exam -


Course Book 1. [1] S.G. Nash and A. Sofer, Linear and Nonlinear Programming, McGraw Hill 1996.
Other Sources 2. [2] V. Chvatal, Linear Programming, Freeman 1983.
3. [3] G.L. Nemhauser and L.A. Wolsey, Integer and Combinatorial Optimization, Wiley 1988.
4. [4] H.P. Williams, Model Building in Mathematical Programming, 2nd edition, Wiley, 1985.
5. [5] F.S. Hillier and G.J. Lieberman, Introduction to Mathematical Programming, 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 1995.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work 1 15
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 3 25
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 30
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 30
Toplam 6 100
Percentage of Semester Work 70
Percentage of Final Work 30
Total 100

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The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Accumulated knowledge on mathematics, science and mechatronics engineering; an ability to apply the theoretical and applied knowledge of mathematics, science and mechatronics engineering to model and analyze mechatronics engineering problems.
2 An ability to differentiate, identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; an ability to select and implement proper analysis, modeling and implementation techniques for the identified engineering problems.
3 An ability to design a complex system, product, component or process to meet the requirements under realistic constraints and conditions; an ability to apply contemporary design methodologies; an ability to implement effective engineering creativity techniques in mechatronics engineering. (Realistic constraints and conditions may include economics, environment, sustainability, producibility, ethics, human health, social and political problems.)
4 An ability to develop, select and use modern techniques, skills and tools for application of mechatronics engineering and robot technologies; an ability to use information and communications technologies effectively.
5 An ability to design experiments, perform experiments, collect and analyze data and assess the results for investigated problems on mechatronics engineering and robot technologies.
6 An ability to work effectively on single disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; an ability for individual work; ability to communicate and collaborate/cooperate effectively with other disciplines and scientific/engineering domains or working areas, ability to work with other disciplines.
7 An ability to express creative and original concepts and ideas effectively in Turkish and English language, oral and written.
8 An ability to reach information on different subjects required by the wide spectrum of applications of mechatronics engineering, criticize, assess and improve the knowledge-base; consciousness on the necessity of improvement and sustainability as a result of life-long learning; monitoring the developments on science and technology; awareness on entrepreneurship, innovative and sustainable development and ability for continuous renovation.
9 Be conscious on professional and ethical responsibility, competency on improving professional consciousness and contributing to the improvement of profession itself.
10 A knowledge on the applications at business life such as project management, risk management and change management and competency on planning, managing and leadership activities on the development of capabilities of workers who are under his/her responsibility working around a project.
11 Knowledge about the global, societal and individual effects of mechatronics engineering applications on the human health, environment and security and cultural values and problems of the era; consciousness on these issues; awareness of legal results of engineering solutions.
12 Competency on defining, analyzing and surveying databases and other sources, proposing solutions based on research work and scientific results and communicate and publish numerical and conceptual solutions.
13 Consciousness on the environment and social responsibility, competencies on observation, improvement and modify and implementation of projects for the society and social relations and be an individual within the society in such a way that planing, improving or changing the norms with a criticism.
14 A competency on developing strategy, policy and application plans on the mechatronics engineering and evaluating the results in the context of qualitative processes.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship 1 20 20
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 2 32
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 3 6 18
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 8 8
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 10 10
Total Workload 136