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Discrete Event and System Dynamics Approaches

Discover popular approaches to simulation and recognise the benefits of each methodology across a range of applications.

Discrete Event and System Dynamics Approaches
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study13 hours

Discover the application of discrete-event simulation and system dynamics

On this course, you will be introduced to and encouraged to use popular approaches to simulation and select the appropriate approach for a range of applications.

You’ll also learn about the mechanisms that are used in discrete event and system dynamics approaches to model logistics operations.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

  • Introduction and definition of discrete-event simulation
  • Why take the discrete-event simulation approach?
  • The concept of discrete events
  • Time-advance mechanisms
  • Visual examples of next event mechanisms
  • Discrete-event simulation stopping rules
  • Components and organisation of a discrete-event simulation model
  • Simulation using the discrete-event approach

Week 2

  • Defining a system dynamics approach
  • Components of system dynamics model
  • The structure of system dynamics
  • Advantages of system dynamics
  • Methodology of system dynamics
  • Symbols used in system dynamics modelling
  • System dynamics approach: a real-life case study
  • Modelling of financial problems
  • Simulate using system dynamics approach

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the concept of discrete event approach
  • Demonstrate the mechanisms of discrete event approach
  • Identify examples of discrete event application
  • Explain the concept of system dynamics approach
  • Demonstrate the mechanisms of system dynamics approach
  • Identify examples of system dynamics application

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone with a keen interest in logistics operations and how to manage them efficiently while facing uncertainties in a virtual environment.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

What software or tools do you need?

ARENA Simulation Software - Download the trial version.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Ammar Al-Bazi is a specialised academic with an experience of 21 years in Business Simulation and Optimisation solutions and Senior Lecturer of Business Information Systems at Coventry University

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry