University of Oulu, 2016

Simulation and modelling complex socio-technical systems

Dates: Week 11 / 9-13.3.2020
Extent:  ECTS Credits 2
Language:  English
Place:  Linnanmaa Campus, University of Oulu

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Draft contents of the course

Prof. Jaakko Kujala and Post Doc Researcher Farzad Pargar, Industrial engineering and management

Learning outcomes
Upon completion the student can explain the essential concepts related to simulation and modelling. He/she understand strengths and weaknesses of different simulation methods. The student is able to define objectives for a simulation project, to select appropriate simulation methods, and to design and implement a simple simulation project. He /she can apply simulation in the context of academic research and for solving practical problems to support decision making

In the course different methods of simulation and modelling such as cellular automata, agent-based modelling, system dynamic simulation and process / discrete event  simulation are applied in the context of complex socio-tecnical systems. Both theoretical aspects of using simulation as a research methods, as well practical application how to design and implement simulation models are covered. Anylogic simulation and modelling software is used as a practical tool.

Mode of delivery 
Pre-reading material, face-to-face teaching, hands-on exercises

Learning activities and teaching methods   
Face-to-face teaching including hand-on exercises (20h), pre-lecture reading material & home assignment to design a simple conceptual simulation model

Target group
Doctoral students who are interested understanding and/or applying simulation to study complex socio-technical systems.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Recommended or required reading    
Pre-lecture reading material will be provided before the course.

Assessment methods and criteria
Active participation in lectures and individual home assignment

The course utilizes grading scale pass/fail

Responsible person          
Prof. Jaakko Kujala

Additional information
Students are expected to bring their own computers to the course and to install a free Personal Learning Edition (PLE) of Anylogic software before the first lecture. Instructions how to download and install software will be given before first lecture.

Times and Places

  • Monday March 9, 2020: 12.00-16.00 in Lecture Room TM 103, Linnanmaa Campus, University of Oulu
  • Tuesday March 10, 2020: 12.00-16.00, in Lecture Room TM 107, Linnanmaa Campus, University of Oulu  
  • Wednesday March 11, 2020: 12.00-16.00, in Lecture Room TH 105, Linnanmaa Campus, University of Oulu
  • Thursday March 12, 2020: 12.00-17.00, in Lecture Room TM 113, Linnanmaa Campus, University of Oulu
  • Friday March 13, 2020: 12.00-15.00, in Lecture Room TM 103, Linnanmaa Campus, University of Oulu


Last updated: 5.2.2020