Discrete and Continuous Simulation - DSMDCS

Technology School
5 days - residential

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About this course

The two approaches you will be looking at have been very widely applied and proved their value in many diverse and significant studies.

As well as covering the theory behind the two approaches, the course has a very practical, hands-on outlook and contains several computer practical sessions where instruction is given in two popular simulation packages. Methods covered include conceptual modelling, input and output analysis, random sampling, fitting probability distributions to data, design of simulation experiments, developing DES and system dynamics simulation models. In practical sessions, simulation models will be developed using off-the-shelf software and used to explore alternative policies

Core Elements: 
  • simulation modelling paradigms
  • conceptual models
  • activity cycle diagrams, causal loop diagrams
  • input modelling (the selection and fitting of appropriate probability distributions for stochastic simulations)
  • output analysis (methods for comparing and analysing the results of simulation experiments)
  • discrete event simulation principles and types of software
  • developing and experimenting with discrete event simulation models using an appropriate software package (currently SIMUL8)
  • system dynamics principles (variable types, feedback, delays, time-stepping)
  • developing and experimenting with system dynamics models using an appropriate software package (currently Vensim)

What you will learn

The increasing complexity and unpredictable nature of many systems means that simulation is often the only method of analysis sufficiently powerful to offer any real insight into system behaviour. Whether modelling military, industrial, business, social or other systems, many practitioners regard simulation as the most powerful tool at their disposal.

You will learn/develop:
  • you  will be introduced to the main paradigms of simulation modelling
  • discrete-event simulation 
  • system dynamics
These powerful approaches have been widely and successfully applied and offer different but complementary worldviews.

How will this course help my career?

This course is a module as part of the Defence Simulation and Modelling MSc. This course in unique in Defence, providing expertise in a vital and fast changing area of technology.

Before you attend

If you are seeking a Ministry of Defence (MOD) funded place, you will need to demonstrate in your application that there is a clear business need to undertake the course. 

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)
Suitable for scientists, engineers, and numerate analysts and consultants if you need to learn about or undertake simulation modelling.

How will I learn?


How will you be assessed?

Formal assessment by coursework.

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