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Systems Simulation


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

After taking the course, students should be able to build simulation models for evaluating behaviors of alternative designs (layout/capacity/decision policy) in various applications such as manufacturing, service, and information systems.


Simulation is a process of designing and creating computerized models of real or proposed systems for the purpose of conduction numerical experiments to understand and analyze the behavior of the system for a given set of conditions. The course introduces various simulation modeling techniques, using Arena simulation software.
Fall 2020 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

Simulation overview and concepts, Arena basics and structure, Basic modules, Intermediate modules, Advanced modules, Input analyzer, Process analyzer, Output analyzer, OptQuest.


Basic statistics and basic programming skills.

Applied / Theory:

80 / 20

Web Address:

Web Content:

Syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, and solutions.


Approximately 5 homework assignments. To be submitted via Blackboard.


The term project will be conducted as s team composed of a mix of on- and off-campus students. The project could be for real-life problems that the off-campus students are facing in their work.


Two midterm exams and a final exam.


Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Optional - "Simulation with Arena", 5th ed. by W. David Kelton, Randall P. Sadaowski, Nancy Swets. For software of contents of book:

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum computer requirements.

Other Requirements:

Arena Simulation Software - free downloadable.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: