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Part 2: 

 

 

 

Definition and Outline of Procedures

 

What is the CORS Diploma
Purpose of the CORS Diploma
CORS Role
The University's Role

 

The Program of Study

 

Area 1: Operational Research Techniques
Area 2: Probability and Statistics
Area 3: Computers and Systems
Area 4: Applications of Operational Research
Standards
Initiation of Program at a University

 

Duties

 

Duties of University Contact People
Duties of the CORS Diploma Coordinator
Duties of CORS Membership Services

 

Definition and Outline of Procedures

 

What is the CORS Diploma?

 

The CORS Diploma is awarded by the Canadian Operational Research Society, in association with recognized Canadian universities, to CORS members who meet the criteria outlined below.  Follow this link to see a sample Diploma.  To apply, candidates must provide transcripts of their academic record to the CORS Diploma Contact Person at the university from which they graduated.  Graduates of non-Canadian universities or a Canadian university that does not have a Diploma Contact Person should contact the National CORS Diploma Coordinator.

 

A candidate must be a student member or a full member of CORS to receive the Diploma.

 

Purpose of the CORS Diploma

 

The purpose of the CORS Diploma is to encourage students to pursue an educational program with significant exposure to operational research and to recognize their achievement in successfully completing such a program. It benefits the student by a concrete recognition of the program of study. It benefits the University by highlighting the fact that a student can gain significant exposure to operational research through a particular course of study offered at that university. It benefits CORS by encouraging students to enter the field of operational research and by attracting new members.

 

CORS Role

 

CORS role is to define the requirements for the Diploma in quite broad terms, to encourage universities to participate in the Diploma program, to maintain contact with universities and work with them to manage the program and to have the Diploma certificates printed and delivered to the students.  These tasks are carried out by the CORS Diploma Coordinator and by CORS Membership Services, detailed below.

 

The University's Role

 

A contact person will be named at each university who will maintain contact with CORS, identify the students in the Diploma program and notify CORS when students have completed the requirements for the Diploma. It will be the contact person's responsibility to define the precise courses making up the Diploma program, to establish standards of achievement required for the award of the Diploma and to ensure the overall quality of the program as delivered at their university.

 

The Program of Study

 

The program of study must provide coverage of four broad areas as outlined below. At least seven courses must comprise the program, where a course is defined approximately as three hours of instruction per week over a semester of 12-13 weeks. This is not a rigid program of study. It is expected to vary somewhat between universities. While the number of courses in each area is not dictated to provide flexibility, it is expected that most programs will satisfy Area 1 and Area 2 requirements with two (or more) courses each. Areas 3 and 4 do not require a dedicated course as long as the material is adequately covered throughout the program.

 

Area 1: Operational Research Techniques

 

This area consists of the technical skills of operational research. It requires coverage of all of:

 

  • linear programming

     

  • simulation

     

  • decision analysis

     

and at least three of:

 

  • dynamic programming

     

  • integer programming

     

  • nonlinear programming

     

  • heuristic optimization

     

  • queueing

     

  • production/inventory

     

  • project management

     

  • scheduling

     

  • facility location/layout

     

  • supply chain management/logistics

     

The program should give broad exposure to operational research, similar to the coverage of the major textbooks in the field.

 

Area 2: Probability and Statistics

 

This area consists of basic techniques in probability and statistics. It requires coverage of:

 

  • Random variates and distributions,

     

  • Estimation and hypothesis testing, and

     

  • Regression,

     

and at least two of:

 

  • Analysis of Variance,

     

  • Stochastic processes (Markov processes, renewal processes, or semi-Markovian queueing),

     

  • Statistical testing (parametric and non-parametric),

     

  • Quality control and reliability, and

     

  • Time series (or other forecasting models).

     

Area 3: Computers and Systems

 

This area consists of the basic tools of computer science that are used in operational research. It requires coverage of:

 

  • Basic computer tools (such as spreadsheets, data base management systems, and statistical analysis packages).

     

  • Basic computer programming in any language (including but not limited to FORTRAN, BASIC, C, C++, Pascal, VB).

     

As well, exposure to one or more of the following is strongly encouraged:

 

  • Management information systems

     

  • Geographic information systems

     

  • Decision support systems

     

  • Expert systems

     

  • Artificial intelligence

     

Area 4: Applications of Operational Research

 

This area is designed to give exposure to the application of operational research in various settings. It could consist of project courses, seminars or workshops in addition to standard means of course delivery. It could also be met by work experience (provided it was properly documented). It should illustrate the scientific method in problem solving, and discuss modeling issues such as data collection, model generation and revision, solution, implementation, verification, and validation. Functional areas include accounting, actuarial science, finance, logistics, marketing, operations, production, strategic planning and transportation. The focus might be on a particular sector, such as agriculture, defence, government services, health care, manufacturing, or natural resources, or it could consist of a broad survey of applications.

 

Standards

 

The minimum requirements are a 70 average in the 100-point grading system and a B- average in the letter grading system (or equivalent in other systems).  This average is to be computed based on the courses that make up the CORS diploma program in a particular university. The participating universities can set higher standards.

 

Initiation of Program at a University

 

A non-participating university can participate by designating a CORS Diploma contact person. This person will be an ad hoc member of the CORS Education Committee and report to Council through this Committee.

 

The University Contact Person will, in consultation with the CORS Diploma Coordinator, prepare a list of courses that they believe contribute to the course requirements for the Diploma. For each course, the University Contact Person should indicate the number of hours pertaining to the program and how these should be allocated to the areas discussed above. Note that this course list may well be more than the minimum number of required courses and that not all students in a given university would necessarily take exactly the same courses.

 

The CORS Diploma Coordinator will review the course list and approve it if all program requirements are met.

 

Duties 

 

Duties of University Contact People

 

The duties of the University Contact Person are to:

 

  1. maintain contact with CORS Council through the CORS Diploma Coordinator. This will also entail advising CORS Council on appropriate policies, definitions and standards for the CORS Diploma;

     

  2. maintain a list of approved courses for the Diploma and the weighting (proportion) of these courses in the areas presented above. This list should be revised when necessary;

     

  3. provide a list of CORS diploma recipients to the CORS Diploma Coordinator that includes the name of each recipient as it should appear on the Diploma, as well as the preferred language (English or French) and mailing address for each Diploma; and

     

  4. distribute the Diplomas to the recipients. CORS encourages the University Contact Person to present the Diplomas to the students during (or shortly before/after) the convocation ceremonies. While each university has a different graduation ceremony, and this may be impossible in some institutions, CORS views it desirable to publicly honour the CORS Diploma recipients.

     

Duties of the CORS Diploma Coordinator

 

The CORS Diploma Coordinator serves as the Chair of the CORS Education Committee. The Coordinator's duties are to:

 

  1. advise the Education Committee and through it, CORS Council on policies and procedures for the CORS Diploma program;

     

  2. promote the CORS diploma program in the Canadian OR community and ensure that as many universities as possible are participating;

     

  3. maintain the network of University Contact People; and

     

  4. contact University Contact People regularly to remind them to submit lists of qualified candidates;

     

  5. provide CORS Membership Services and the CORS Secretary with a list of the Diploma recipients;

     

  6. maintain the CORS Diploma web pages.

     

Duties of CORS Membership Services

 

The duties of CORS Membership Services are to:

 

  1. confirm that the diploma applicants are members of the society; and
  2. produce and mail the Diplomas in a timely manner using electronic signatures of the CORS President and the National Coordinator.

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