STRUCTURED TEACHING OF LOGISTICS MODELING: STIMULATING THE MENTAL CAPABILITY OF QUANTITATIVE SKILLS

Ran Yan, Shuaian Wang, Ying Yang

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Abstract

Logistics management is a core course for students majoring in transportation, industrial engineering, and supply chain management. This paper introduces the philosophy and practice on how we teach the students to apply mathematical models to practical problems in logistics management. We first introduce linear programming models, integer programming models, and mixed-integer linear programming models to students in a gradual way within the context of logistics. Then, we introduce the “big-M” method used in advanced optimization models. Finally, we combine optimization models with typical and well-known problems in logistics management courses as an extension. We found that learning to use mathematical models to address problems in logistics helps the students to acquire a systematical understanding of the operations in logistics. It also leads students to analyze and solve problems in a logical and rigorous way.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2021
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Mobility
EditorsRyan C.P. Wong, Jiangping Zhou, W.Y. Szeto
PublisherHong Kong Society for Transportation Studies Limited
Pages42-46
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789881581495
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
Event25th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Sustainable Mobility, HKSTS 2021 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 9 Dec 202110 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 25th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies, HKSTS 2021: Sustainable Mobility

Conference

Conference25th International Conference of Hong Kong Society for Transportation Studies: Sustainable Mobility, HKSTS 2021
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period9/12/2110/12/21

Keywords

  • Logistics
  • Optimization models
  • Teaching strategy
  • Transportation management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Transportation

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