Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand fundamental concepts of computer simulation and its role in engineering problem solving.

2. Develop and model engineering problems and apply procedures for modelling systems using ARENA framework.

3. Appreciate the advantages of using simulation and modelling for taking decision in engineering problems.

4. 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.


  1. 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

Assumed knowledge

There is no prerequisite for this course.

Assessment items

Report: Small Simulation Projects

In Term Test: Mid Semester Test

Report: Final Project Report

Presentation: Final Project Presentation