The CORS Diploma in Operational Research

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Part 2: 




Definition and Outline of Procedures


What is the CORS Diploma
Purpose of the CORS Diploma
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
Initiation of Program at a University




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 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:


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