Course Description

The course provides an introduction to Discrete Simulation.

Prerequisites   MA240 (or equivalent) and permission of the Depatment

Instructor   Ilias Kotsireas,  Office 2076A,
                     Office Hours 24/7 and by appointment, Phone 884-0710 ext. 2218  E-Mail


Jerry Banks, John S. Carson II, Barry L. Nelson, David M. Nicol
Discrete-event system simulation, 3rd ed.
Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 2001.
Prentice-Hall international series in industrial and systems engineering
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 013088702
Notes & Overheads  (pdf flies)
  1. Introduction I 
  2. Introduction II 
  3. General Principles 
  4. Statistical Models
  5. Input Modeling

Textbook Support Web Site   A link to the book support web page is available at:

Course Website   A link to the course web page is available at:

Lecture Topics

General Principles of Simulation, Discrete and Continuous Simulation, Other types of Simulation, Simulation Examples, Applications of Simulation, Elements of Probability Theory, Useful Statistical Models, Queuing Theory, Random Number Generators, Random Variate Generation, Input Modeling, Verification and Validation of Simulation Models, Simulation of Computer Systems.

Class Schedule

Winter Semester Timetable

              |   Mon     |    Wed     |   
              | 2:30-3:50 | 2:30-3:50  |     
              |   N1059   |   N1059    |   
              |           |            |            
Week 1:       |  Jan 6    |   Jan 8    |         
Week 2:       |  Jan 13   |   Jan 15   |   
Week 3:       |  Jan 20   |   Jan 22   |   
Week 4:       |  Jan 27   |   Jan 29   |   
Week 5:       |  Feb 3    |   Feb 5    |   
Week 6:       |  Feb 10   |   Feb 12   |   
              |           |            |            
Reading Week  | Feb 17-Feb 21 No Courses
              |           |            |            
Week 7:       |  Feb 24   |   Feb 26   |   
Week 8:       |  Mar 3    |   Mar 5    |   
Week 9:       |  Mar 10   |   Mar 12   |   
Week 10:      |  Mar 17   |   Mar 19   |   
Week 11:      |  Mar 24   |   Mar 26   |  
Week 12:      |  Mar 31   |   Apr 2    |   
              |           |            |             


Midterm Examination   February 11, 2003, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Room N1044 (Science building)

Assignment Schedule

Final Examination

The Final Examination date will be announced as early as possible. The examination period for this course is April 9, 2003 to April 30, 2003. No examinations will be held on April 18, 2003 (Good Friday)

Final Examination Date/Time:  Monday April 14, 2003  6:30 p.m. -  9:30 p.m. Room N1044 

Student Evaluation

Simulation Research

A valuable source of information on research in Simulation is It contains information on WSC (Winter Simulation Conference)

New Course Drop Dates 2002/2003:

September 6: final day to cancel Fall term and Fall/Winter session registration with no tuition charge (cancellation fee applies).

September 20: final day to drop 12-week and Fall/Winter course(s) or withdraw at 10% tuition charge

November 4: final day to drop course(s) or withdraw from 12-week course(s) without failure and for tuition adjustment.

January 3: final day to cancel Winter term registration with no tuition charge (cancellation fee applies).

January 17: final day to drop 12-week course(s) or withdraw at 10% tuition charge

March 10: final day to drop course(s) or withdraw from two-term or 12-week Winter term course(s) without failure and for tuition adjustment.

Examination Deferrals: (change dates according to term 1, 2 or Ĺ )

The Academic Date section of the Calendar (Printed and Web Site Versions) clearly states the examination date period for each semester. Students must note that they are required to reserve this time in their personal calendars for the examinations. The examination period for this course is APRIL 9-30, 2003. Students who are considering registering to write MCAT, LSAT or GMAT or a similar examination, should select a time for those examinations that occurs outside the University examination period. For additional information that describes the special circumstances for examination deferment, consult the University calendar.

Student Awareness of the Special Needs Office:

Students with disabilities or special needs, are advised to contact Laurierís Special Needs Office for information regarding its services and resources. Students are encouraged to review the Calendar for information regarding all services available on campus.

Academic and Research Misconduct:

Academic misconduct is an act by a student, or by students working on a team project, which may result in a false evaluation of the student(s), or which represents a deliberate attempt to unfairly gain an academic advantage. Academic misconduct includes: please refer to page 74 in the 2002/2003 Undergraduate Calendar.

Plagiarism Detection Software:

Wilfrid Laurier University uses software that can check for plagiarism. Students may be required to submit their written work in electronic form and have it checked for plagiarism.