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Welcome to this introductory short course on simulation for logistics.

Welcome to Simulation for Logistics: An Introduction.

Please watch the above video in which Jim Rowley and Tim Williams-Wood, Chief of Digital Manufacturing at Rolls Royce, talk about the importance of simulation and some of the simulation techniques that you will be exploring in this program.

This is the introductory two-week course for the program Simulation for Global Logistics, which forms part of the MSc Global Logistics online degree at Coventry University, delivered on FutureLearn.

This 10-week program is made up of five two-week courses, followed by an additional period to submit your assessment – details of which can be found on the assessment tab of the program page. The program page also gives you access to live tutorials, student support sessions and further study resources and services.

System requirements

To take part in the practical exercises in this program, you will need to download a free student version of Arena from the official Rockwell Automation website. Please look at the system requirements to ensure that you can take part. These are also available in the downloads section at the end of this step.

This week

Through this week’s activities, you’ll explore:

  • What simulation is
  • Why, when and where simulation is needed
  • The ability of simulation to solve logistics problems
  • The simulation steps that can be applied to simulate systems

Meet the team

Your lead educators are Ammar Al-Bazi and Jim Rowley from Coventry University.

You can follow your lead educator and see all the comments that they make by selecting the link to their FutureLearn profile page.

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