Rohit Aggarwal

January 24, 2008

Interesting Videos

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 8:13 pm

This is an amazing video showing fights between crocodile and lions, and lions and buffaloes for a calf.

This one is a funny indian ad.


January 17, 2008

OPIM 204 Schedule

Filed under: OPIM 204- Spring 2008,Teaching — Rohit Aggarwal @ 6:41 am

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Update: As promised, I have posted the questions and answers of quiz 3 and quiz 4.

Date Quizzes Topic Chapter Assignments Slides, Other Material
23-Jan   Introduction to OM Ch. 1 Solved Problems (SP) Sl, Ex
28-Jan Operations Strategy Ch. 2 SP of Module A Sl
30-Jan Decision Analysis Module A A.16, A.19 Ex
04-Feb Quiz 1 Forecasting Ch. 4 SP Sl
06-Feb     Quiz
11-Feb   Capacity Planning Supp. Ch. 7 SP of Ch 7. Supp. & Ch. 7 Sl, Ex
13-Feb Class Cancelled due to weather
18-Feb   Facilities Layout Ch. 9 SP Sl
20-Feb Quiz 2 Location Strategies Ch. 8    
25-Feb   Review      
27-Feb   First Exam Theory QuestionsExtra Problems  
03-Mar   Project Management Ch. 3 SP, 3.6 Sl
05-Mar   Project Management Ch. 3
17-Mar   Normal Distribution,   How to
find probability?
to find a point?
19-Mar   No Class  
24-Mar   Statistical Process Control S.6 S1, S4, S5  
26-Mar  Quiz 3 Supply Chain Ch. 11   Quiz 3
31-Mar   Simulation Module F SP  No, F13
02-Apr Quiz 4 JIT & Maintenance/Reliability Ch. 16 &17 Ex3, SP17.2 Quiz 4
07-Apr   Linear Programming Module B    
09-Apr   Second Exam Theory Questions  
14-Apr   Linear Programming Module B Module B
16-Apr   Transportation Models Module C Module C
21-Apr Quiz 5 Aggregate Planning Ch. 13 Quiz 5  Module C 
23-Apr   Inventory Management Ch. 12 Regression; Regression 2 Regression 3
28-Apr   Inventory Management Coefficient Interpretation 
30-Apr Quiz 6  Waiting Line Models Module D Quiz 6
05-May   Review      

10-May   Final Exam  Room 204 1-3 PM  Regression 

Disclaimer: – I reserve the right to modify the course schedule at any time during the course.

Operations Management- OPIM 204 Spring 2008

Filed under: OPIM 204- Spring 2008 — Rohit Aggarwal @ 6:28 am

Office Hours: 10AM – 6PM on any day (exception if I am out of town)

Office: BUSN 407


Phone: 860-486-6485 (shared line)

Description: Operations Management (OM) can be viewed as the central functional component of any business organization, governing the transformation of resources or inputs (materials, machines, labor, and capital) into outputs (products and services). The focus of OM is to produce high quality output at low cost, while interacting with the other functional components of the business organization (marketing, financing, and human resources) to achieve company goals.

With the advent of the Internet, e-commerce, and global-sourcing, it is becoming more and more difficult for a company to maintain a competitive-advantage based on location, access to local resources, and retailing services. Modern businesses must instead base their ability to compete and generate profit on the systematic management of resources, and on their ability to produce quality output more efficiently than competitors. In recent years this pursuit has developed into a science, and a host of quantitative tools and sophisticated software packages are available to the savvy operations manager.


  • To understand the fundamental OM concepts and quantitative tools required for the efficient production of goods and services
  • To understand the usage of OM software for business decision-making, including the accurate interpretation of quantitative business models and software output

Required text: J. Heizer and B. Render. Operations Management. Prentice-Hall, eighth edition.

Computer requirements: A laptop is required for every class meeting. You will need to install the Excel OM Software.


There will be two exams and a non-cumulative final exam.

Homework problems will be assigned and discussed in class but will not be graded. It is however, strongly recommended that each student complete each homework in preparation for the quizzes, which will be graded. These quizzes will be based directly on recent homework assignments and will usually be announced in advance.

Here is the breakdown of how grades will be evaluated:

  • First examination: 25%
  • Second examination: 25%
  • Final examination: 25%
  • Quizzes: 25%

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