Optimization, Scheduling and Routing


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge of formulating a linear optimization problem using linear equation.
  • Knowledge of important algorithms such as Dijkstras shortest paths algorithm  and the simplex method.
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of 1-2 major metaheuristics and the concept of a heuristic.
  • Knowledge of general scheduling and routing problems.


  • Is able to critically evaluate advantages of different models and methods applied to a given problem.
  • Can use different tools to solve realistic problems.
  • Can formulate a real-life optimization problem with a mathematical programming model.
  • Apply scheduling and routing models to optimize automated manufacturing and transportation / logistics systems and their operational execution to achieve desired targets for productivity, process quality etc.


  • Must be able to rationalize and scientifically justify the use of a specific solution method.
  • Is able to recognize the value and limitations of a solution method.
  • Should be able to communicate with experts the themes related to mathematical programming
  • Should be able to develop a model for a realistic problem and to implement a solution method for the problem using the tools from the course
  • Should be able to judge the applicability of the different mathematical programming models and corresponding methods.  

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examOptimization, Scheduling and Routing
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleOptimering, skedulering og routing
Module codeM-AS-K1-4
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Production
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science