CP463 SIMULATION, FALL 2011, WLU
Course Description
The course provides an introduction to Discrete Event Simulation.
Important Course Information
Prerequisites
MA240 (or equivalent), CP213
Instructor
Dr. Ilias S. Kotsireas, Office 2076A,
Office Hours 24/7 and by appointment, Phone 8840710 ext. 2218#
EMail: ikotsireATwlu.ca
Course Textbook
Textbook Support Web Site http://www.bcnn.org/
Lecture Topics (corresponding to the 12 weeks schedule)
 Introduction
 Systems, System Environment
 Components of a System
 Discrete and Continuous Systems
 Models of a System, Types of Models
 Applications of Simulation
CH1
 Simulation Examples
 Simulation of Queueing Systems
 Simulation of Inventory Systems
 Random Normal Numbers
 LeadTime Demand
CH2
 General Principles of Simulation
 Concepts: System, Model, System state, Entity, Attributes, List, Event, Event Notice, Event List, Activity, Delay, Clock
 The Event Scheduling/Time Advance Algorithm, Future Event List (FEL),
 Manual Event Scheduling, Flow charts for the execution of arrival/departure events
 List Processing, Properties, Operations, Arrays, Dynamic Allocation, Linked Lists
CH3
 Simulation Software, Introduction to GPSS CH4, Elements of Probability Theory
 Useful Statistical Models CH5
 Queuing Theory
 Queue Behavior, Queue Discipline
 Service Times
 Queuing Notation, A/B/c/N/K
 Measures of Performance, longrun average time spent in system/queue per customer, server utilization
 The Conservation Equation
CH6
 Random Number Generators
 Properties of Random Numbers
 Pseudorandom Numbers
 Linear Congruential Method
 Tests for Random Numbers, Frequency, Autocorrelation
CH7
 Random Variate Generation
 InverseTransform Technique
 AcceptanceRejection Technique
CH8
 Input Modeling CH9
 Verification, Calibration and Validation of Simulation Models CH10
 Estimation of Absolute Performance, Estimation of Relative Performance CH11, CH12
 Research Projects Presentations
Class Schedule, Fall Semester Timetable
 Mon  Wed
 14:3015:50  14:3015:50
 Room BA112  Room BA112
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Week 1:  Sep 12  Sep 14
Week 2:  Sep 19  Sep 21
Week 3:  Sep 26  Sep 28
Week 4:  Oct 03  Oct 05
Week 5:  Oct 10 (*)  Oct 12
Week 6:  Oct 17  Oct 19
Week 7:  Oct 24  Oct 26 (M)
Week 8:  Oct 31  Nov 02
Week 9:  Nov 07  Nov 09
Week 10:  Nov 14  Nov 16
Week 11:  Nov 21  Nov 23
Week 12:  Nov 28  Nov 30
(*) makeup  Dec 05 
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Course Requirements/Student Evaluation
 The course grade is computed based on the 5 components:
A1, A2, M, TP, RAP, as follows:
A1*(15/100) + A2*(15/100) + M*(30/100) + TP*(30/100) + RAP*(10/100)
 (A1) Assignment 1: 15%, release date: Monday, September 26, 2011, due date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011.
 (A2) Assignment 2: 15%, release date: Monday, October 17, 2011, due date: October 31, 2011.
 Important Information regarding assignment submission:
 All assignment submissions will be by email only.
 All assignment submissions will be acknowledged by email.
 All assignment submissions must be typeset (LaTeX, Word).
 All assignment submissions must be by .pdf file attachment only.
 Send one .pdf file only, for the entire assignment.
 Use the following naming schemes, for your A1 and A2 .pdf files:
CP463A1yourFirstNameyourLastName.pdf
and
CP463A2yourFirstNameyourLastName.pdf
(these are dash characters, not underscores)
 Do not use a cover page. Instead, make sure that all pages of your .pdf file are
numbered and on each page include a header with your name, course code, date, and A1 (or A2)
 Assignment submissions that violate any of the above requirements, will not be accepted/marked.
 (M) Midterm: 30%, Wednesday, October 26, 2011, in class.
 (TP) Term Project: 30%, due date: Monday, December 5, 2011.
All students will be required to prepare a Term Project, details in class.
Students may form groups (of no more than 3 students each) to work on the Term Project collaboratively. Each group will have to deliver a project document and arrange for a project demonstration.
 (RAP) Research Article Presentation: 10%, Week 12 of classes.
Each student is required to study, understand and present
a research article (published in a research journal or a research conference)
relevant to simulation research.
Halfhour presentations (20min talk + questions/answers)
will be scheduled for the last week of courses.
Students are required to work on this project individually.
Some sources where you can find such research papers are:
(online access also from Trellis)
 Winter Simulation series of conferences
 Handbook of simulation : principles, methodology, advances, applications, and practice
Edited by Jerry Banks, Publisher: Wiley, Year: 1998


