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Postgraduate course

Combinatorial Optimization

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

Objectives: The course aims to give knowledge in theory and solution methods for combinatorial optimization

Content: The course deals with theory and algorithms for solving integer and combinatorial optimization problems. Topics that are covered include models and algorithms for network flow, matching, assignment, matroids, knapsack problems, relaxations, tree search methods, and cutting plane methods.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • knows the theory of combinatorial optimization problems


The student can

  • formualate a combinatorial optimization problem efficiently
  • model industrial planing problems in terms of combinatorial optimization

General competence

The student can

  • explain how fast a combinatorial optimization problem can be solved
  • explain the mathematical theory underlying algorithms for combinatorial optimization

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

I273: 10 ECTS

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching is given in terms of lectures and group sessions

Lectures / 4 hours per week

Group sessions/ 2 hours per week

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Two compulsory assignments, valid for one subsequent semester.

Forms of Assessment

Final oral exam.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact mailto:studieveileder@ii.uib.no">Student adviser

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.


Student adviser:

mailto:studieveileder@ii.uib.no">Student adviser

T: 55 58 42 00

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