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 ikotsire@wlu.ca


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
Textbook Support Web Site A link to the book support web page is available at: http://www.bcnn.org/
Course Website A link to the course web page is available at: http://sauron.wlu.ca/kotsireas/teaching.html


  1. Statistical Models
  2. RandomNumberGeneration

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     |   
              | 4:00-5:20 | 4:00-5:20  | 
              |   N1042   |   N1042    |   
              |           |            |            
Week 1:       |  Jan 5    |   Jan 7    | 
Week 2:       |  Jan 12   |   Jan 14   |   
Week 3:       |  Jan 19   |   Jan 21   |   
Week 4:       |  Jan 26   |   Jan 28   |   
Week 5:       |  Feb 2    |   Feb 4    |   
Week 6:       |  Feb 9    |   Feb 11   |   
              |           |            |            
Reading Week  | Feb 16-Feb 21 No Courses
              |           |            |            
Week 7:       |  Feb 23   |   Feb 25   |   
Week 8:       |  Mar 1    |   Mar 3    |   
Week 9:       |  Mar 8    |   Mar 10   |   
Week 10:      |  Mar 15   |   Mar 17   |   
Week 11:      |  Mar 22   |   Mar 24   |  
Week 12:      |  Mar 29   |   Apr 31   |   
              |           |            |             

Midterm Examination   Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Assignment Schedule

Late assignments will be marked with 0.

Final Examination

There will be no Final Examination for CP463.

Term Project

Details in class.

Student Evaluation

Simulation Research

A valuable source of information on research in Simulation is http://www.wintersim.org/ It contains information on WSC (Winter Simulation Conference)

New Course Drop Dates 2003/2004:

September 5: final day to cancel Fall term and Fall/Winter session registration with no tuition charge (cancellation fee applies).
September 19: final day to drop 12-week and Fall/Winter course(s) or withdraw at 10% tuition charge.
November 3: final day to drop course(s) or withdraw from 12-week course(s) without failure and for tuition adjustment.
January 2: final day to cancel Winter term registration with no tuition charge (cancellation fee applies).
January 16: final day to drop 12-week course(s) or withdraw at 10% tuition charge.
March 8: 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:

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 7-28, 2004. 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 Laurier.s 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 93 in the 2003/2004 Undergraduate Calendar.

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