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Are you interested in learning to minimize cost while enhancing performance? In this course, you will learn how to analyze manufacturing systems to optimize performance and control cost. You will develop an understanding of seemingly opaque production lines with a particular emphasis on random disruptive events. The topics covered will provide the basis for you to continue into the manufacturing field in such roles as an operations manager or supply chain manager.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Course Curriculum

Overview of Manufacturing Systems
Introduction Video 00:01:00
Video 1: HP Printer Case Study 00:08:00
Video 2: Course Overview 00:06:00
Video 3: Basic Issues 00:09:00
Video 4: Kinds of Systems 00:12:00
Video 5: Time 00:03:00
Introduction Video 00:01:00
Video 1: Introduction to Probability 00:04:00
Video 2: Probability Basics I 00:16:00
Video 3: Probability Basics II 00:06:00
Video 4: Discrete Random Variables 00:07:00
Video 5: Continuous Random Variables I 00:10:00
Video 6: Continuous Random Variable II 00:09:00
Video 7: Another Discrete Random Variable 00:07:00
Stochastic Processes
Introduction Video 00:01:00
Video 1: Intro to Stochastic Processes 00:09:00
Video 2: Markov Processes I 00:13:00
Video 3: Markov Processes II 00:08:00
Video 4: Discrete State, Continuous Time I 00:11:00
Video 5: Discrete State, Continuous Time II 00:12:00
Practice Problem 1 Recitation 00:12:00
Continuous-Time Markov Chains 00:10:00
Week 4: Queueing Theory
Introduction Video 00:01:00
Video 1: Intro to Queuing Theory 00:10:00
Video 2: M/M/1 Queue 00:06:00
Video 3: M/M/s Queue 00:11:00
Video 4: Queuing Networks I 00:11:00
Video 5: Queuing Networks II 00:12:00
Recitation: Graded Problem 2 00:14:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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