COMPUTER SIMULATION AND MODELLING

Course code MECH4890Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

This course provides fundamental and practical concepts of computer simulation and modelling techniques and its role in engineering management problem solving. It covers such topics as models and model building, applications of simulation in engineering and engineering management issues and introduction to ARENA system modelling framework. The course is designed to be both broad in scope and practical in its applications covering areas such as management, manufacturing, maintenance, and service.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAt the end of MECH4890, a student will be able to:
• Understand fundamental concepts of computer simulation and its role in engineering problem solving.
• Develop and model engineering problems and apply procedures for modelling systems using ARENA framework.
• Appreciate the advantages of using simulation and modelling for taking decision in engineering problems.
• Understand the need to incorporate simulation and modelling considerations throughout the design and execution of a project aiming at understanding its limitations
and ways of improvement.
Content1. Basic aspects of modelling and simulation
2. Simulation process / Models and systems
3. Statistical problems related to simulation
4. Discrete and continuous simulation modelling
5. Applications of simulation
6. Introduction to ARENA modelling framework
7. ARENA: network modelling
8. Basic Process Modules
9. Modelling Detailed Operations
10. Making Decision with Simulation
11. Process Modelling
12. Advanced Modelling Techniques
13. OpQuest for ARENA
14. Costing and Animation
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThere is no prerequisite for this course.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Lecture
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid-term exam
Essays / Written AssignmentsModelling assignments
ProjectsTerm project
* Note, any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in week 1.
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term