Aller à : contenu haut bas recherche
EN     FR
Vous êtes ici:   UNIL > HEC Inst. > HEC App. > SYLLABUS

Optimization Methods in Management Science

  • Teacher(s):   R.Oeuvray  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 6 credits
  • Schedule: Autumn Semester 2020-2021, 2.0h. course + 2.0h exercices (weekly average)
  •  sessions
  • site web du cours course website
  • Related programmes:
    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance, Orientation Asset and Risk Management

    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance : Financial Entrepreneurship and Data Science

    Master of Science (MSc) in Finance, Orientation Corporate Finance

    Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation Behaviour, Economics and Evolution

    Master of Science (MSc) in Management, Orientation Strategy, Organization and Leadership

    Master of Science (MSc) in Management, Orientation Marketing

    Master of Science (MSc) in Management, Orientation Business Analytics



This course introduces students to the theory and the algorithms of optimization. Applications to logistics, manufacturing, transportation, resource allocation, modern portfolio theory and machine learning. Exercises and theory are equally important for the success of the class. Some examples are provided in Python.

By the end of this course, the students should be able to :

1. understand optimization methods and the algorithms developed for solving various types of problems,

2. be able to apply these methods and algorithms to problems encountered in management science.


1. Linear programming

2. Graph theory and networks

3. The shortest path problems

4. The transshipment problem

5. Combinatorial optimization and the Branch and Bound algorithm

6. Dynamic programming and the knapsack problem

7. Non-linear optimization and optimality conditions

8. Lagrange multipliers and duality

9. Conjugate gradient method

10. Quasi-Newton methods

11. Numerical optimization in Python with SciPy

12. Portfolio Optimization

13. Reinforcement learning


- Luenberger, D. G., Ye, Y., Linear and Nonlinear Programming, Fourth Edition, Springer, 2016.

- Bierlaire, M., Optimization : Principles and Algorithms, PPUR, 2015.

- Nocedal, J.; Wright, S. J., Numerical Optimization, Second Edition, Springer, 2006.

- Bertsekas, D. P., Dynamic Programming and Optimal Control, Fourth Edition, Springer, 2017.


- Linear algebra

- Some basic concepts in multivariate calculus (gradient and hessian of a function)


First attempt

Written 1h00 hours

Toute documentation autorisée, toute calculatrice autorisée

Examen final en ligne


Written 2h00 hours
Not allowed
Allowed with restrictions

[ Calculatrice 4 opérations selon directive HEC ]

[» go back]           [» courses list]

Internef - CH-1015 Lausanne - Suisse  -   Tél. +41 21 692 33 00  -   Fax +41 21 692 33 05
Swiss University