Simulation Modeling of Engineering Systems

Course Number: ENGRG 7030
Course Name: Simulation Modeling of Engineering Systems (Online)
Course Description:    This introductory course is applied simulation taught at the graduate level. It is also a system analysis course. Students learn how to analyze systems and how to represent them in the simulation model. Students are expected to bring topics and problems to class and to contribute in significant discussion about the material. This is a hands-on course. Students are taught simulation theory through practice in developing more and more complex models. The course includes a range of simulation styles including: basic manual simulation (rolling dice, random number tables); simple automated simulation (use of general purpose software like BASIC, spreadsheets, macros); traditional simulation (coded programs with tabular results); real time monitoring (graphic displays during simulation); and state-of-the-art object oriented software (including two and three dimensional animation).
Prerequisites:    A calculus-based statistics course is required.
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Engineering
Master of Science in Integrated Supply Chain Management

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes

This three-credit course introduces students to simulation modeling and analysis techniques with applications to production, logistics, service, and other systems. Emphasis will be given to model building, application of basic statistical data analysis, and the use of simulation for the design, evaluation, and improvement of such systems. The available simulation software will be considered. After successfully completing this course, students should:

  • Understand the major capabilities and  commonly encountered limitations of discrete-event simulation for modeling systems that industrial engineers commonly encounter.
  • Be able to build and run simple discrete-event simulation models in practical situations; understand the main assumptions underlying these models; and understand what can happen when these assumptions do not hold.
  • Be able to communicate the results of the modeling process to management and other non-specialist users of engineering analysis.

Unit Descriptions


  • Simulation modeling
  • Simulation software
  • Random number generation
  • Random variate generation
  • Input analysis
  • Output analysis
  • Comparison of alternative system configurations
  • Variance-reduction methods

Grading Information

Your course grade will be comprised of:

Discussion Questions (8) 15% 15 points
Mid-Term Exam 25% 25 points
Individual Assignments (7 @ 5 pts. each 35% 35 points
Term Project 25% 25 points
Total: 100% 100 points


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