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MANG6122 Simulation

Module Overview

This module provides a practical introduction to the theories and techniques of simulation. The approach taken is very broad and covers different forms of simulation, including Monte Carlo simulation, discrete event simulation, system dynamics and agent-based modelling. The module focuses on practical applications of simulations in a variety of contexts, and students will gain expertise in a range of widely used commercial software.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

to equip you with the necessary skills to be able to apply simulation usefully in their future employment.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the principles underlying Monte Carlo simulation;
  • the basic statistical techniques (e.g. sampling from distributions, replications, and variance reduction) underlying the methodology of simulation;
  • the principles and uses of agent-based simulations;
  • the principles and uses of system dynamics;
  • the principles and uses of discrete event simulation;
  • how to experiment with simulation models to meet management objectives.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • apply quantitative and qualitative modelling approaches;
  • frame a problem and conceptualise it in a way that it can be approached using modelling.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate your numeracy to future employers;
  • practice your IT skills;
  • apply problem-solving;
  • improve your written communication skills;
  • gain insight into self-management skills.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • create and run simulations models using modelling software.

Syllabus

• Monte Carlo simulation • Discrete event simulation and use of modelling software • System Dynamics and use of software • Agent-based simulation • Statistical aspects of simulation: • Random numbers, sampling from distributions, confidence intervals and number of repetitions • Validation, verification and experimentation • Choosing distributions • Queuing systems, events, activities and queues, activity diagrams • Simulation software and the needs of users: graphics and interactivity • The future of simulation: new research directions

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Lectures, seminars, practical exercise classes, computer workshops, private study Learning activities include: Practical class exercises and games, problem solving, hands-on computer modelling

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

John Sterman (2000). Business Dynamics, System Thinking and Modelling for a Complex World. 

Akira Namatame and Shu-Heng Chen (2016). Agent-Based Modelling and Network Dynamics. 

Stewart Robinson (2004). The Practice of Model Development and Use. 

Michael Pidd (2006). Computer Simulation in Management Science. 

Assessment

Formative

Feedback

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 50%
Essay  (2000 words) 50%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 50%
Essay  (2000 words) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Textbooks

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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