Submission: An electronic version of your group report (saved as a single .pdf format). Your Excel
file should be exported as PDF and merged with the PDF of the group report as an appendix. The
electronic version is to be submitted through Blackboard.
The group report and Excel file (.xlsx) are to be sent to the course coordinators via email as well.
The second piece of assessment in this coursework is an individual report outlining your contribution
to the coursework. In the individual report please discuss how you have contributed to the individual
questions on the brief (e.g., what you have contributed to formulating the task as a model, and what
you have implemented & solved in Excel Solver), the group report writing (e.g. which parts you have
written, and which tables/figures you have created). There will be a separate submission link on
Blackboard for the individual report, and each student will be submitting her/his individual report
individually. We will, however, cross-check individual reports from the same group to get an overall
picture on who did what in a group.
Format: Formulate a given task as an appropriate mathematical optimisation model, implement it and
solve it using appropriate functionalities provided in Excel Solver. Then summarize your work using
Microsoft Word. All core results have to be included in your report, as further detailed in the brief
below. Your group report should be around 2000 words (some bullet points will be acceptable),
excluding figures, tables and references. In addition, each group member needs to write an individual
report of around 500 words describing their contribution to the project and the report. Export the Excel
file as PDF, and then merge it with the PDF of the group report as an appendix. There is no limit on
the length of your PDF of Excel file. For the report, use a minimum font size of Arial 11pt. Hand-written
submissions will NOT be accepted.
While the brief below is broken up into questions/tasks, this is done to help you in guiding your analysis
and understanding what tasks must be undertaken. It does not determine the organization of your
report and it should not quote the questions/tasks in the brief. Your report should be a coherent piece
of work, where you describe the problem at hand, and you explain the steps taken to analyse and
solve it. It should contain an introduction section and a conclusion section.
Assessment: Your coursework mark will be determined based on the quality of the group report and
the individual contributions. The final coursework mark will count 70% to your overall module mark;
the remaining 30% will be made up of your online tests grade. Ensure that the material presented in
your report is correct and reproducible. In terms of the presentation of the report, pay attention to
things such as layout, font size, keeping to the page limit, spelling, grammar, use of tables and charts,
consistent number of decimal places.
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