Systems Simulation

Course Syllabus

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Course Objective

This course is an introduction to important aspects of a simulation study, including modeling, simulation languages, validation, and output data analysis. Students are expected to gain a sound theoretical understanding of simulation methodologies. The development of modeling skills is also an important part of the course.

Office Hours

Mondays, 4:00pm--6:00pm
Jonsson 4.912


To be announced.


Simulation Modeling and Analysis, by A. M. Law and W. D. Kelton, 3rd Edition. McGraw-Hill, 2000.


STAT 5311 and a basic familiarity with using a PC; or consent of the instructor.

Grading Scheme

Exam: 50%
Project Report and Presentation: 50%

Course Outline

Chapters 1-11 of the text.
  1. Simulation Modeling (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5)
  2. Selecting Input Probability Distributions (Chapter 6)
  3. Random-Variate Generation (Chapters 7 and 8)
  4. Output Data Analysis (Chapters 9 and 10)
  5. Variance Reduction Methods (Chapter 11)



The assignments below are from the 3rd edition of the text. (For a translation table of problems from the third edition to the second edition, click here.)