Spring Semester 2012
This course presents an introduction to discrete event simulation. Discrete event simulation is perhaps the most useful and widely used analytic tool for the study of complex industrial systems. It is also quite useful for simulating many other random processes that are not amenable to mathematical analysis. Examples abound in finance, economics, communications, EE, statistics and many other fields.
This course has two main objectives. First you will gain proficiency in the use of a special purpose simulation language in order to be able to build useful models. Specifically you will learn the ARENA system from Systems Modeling Corp / Rockwell Software. Currently, this is the best and most advanced simulation software system available. You will learn to build valid and credible simulation models in ARENA, and be able to use these models to solve industrial problems.
The second goal is to learn the important theory and
methodology behind simulation modeling.
This is necessary in order to build valid models, perform simulation
experiments, analyze results properly, and avoid costly and sometimes subtle
errors. Main topics include output
analysis, input analysis, random number generation, random variate generation,
Upon completion of this course, students will:
Homework assignments are an important aspect of this class due to the heavy use of computers. You will do homework in groups of three, and everyone is expected to share the load.
We will have two important and extensive projects as well. One project will be based on a simulation contest sponsored by IIE and Rockwell Software. I encourage each group of undergraduates to enter this contest (you will be doing all the work anyways). Please see the handout on the Simulation Contest.
We will use Coursesite to distribute course notes and assignments, and for submitting assignments. The URL for Coursesite is http://coursesite.lehigh.edu/
IE 121 (Engineering Statistics) or the equivalent is absolutely necessary
Course Meeting Times
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 10:10-11:00 PA 416
Lab: Thursday, 1:10-2:25 or 2:35-3:50, Mohler 121 (on campus students)
Friday, 10:10-11:00 (distance students)
Dr. Robert H. Storer
Office: 477 Mohler Lab
Office Phone: (610) 758-4436
Office Hours: MW 11-11:40 Packard Lab Lobby
Thurs 10:30-11:30, Fri 1:30-2:30 Mohler 477
Teaching Assistant (Lab instructor)
Mr. Serdar Yildiz
Office: Mohler 342
Office Phone: (610) 758-6702
Office Hours: Wed 1 – 4 in Mohler 444
Simulation Modeling and Analysis (4th Edition), Averill M. Law, McGraw-Hill
you have an earlier edition of the book it should not be a problem
Lab Computer Homework Assignments 10%
Lab Quizzes 15%
Two Projects 2@ 12.5% 25%
Two Hour Exams 2@ 12.5% 25%
Class participation and attendance 5%
Final Exam 20%
Note: you will spend a lot of time on the computer assignments and projects. However the 2 hour exams and the final, which cover the lecture material, constitute 45% of your grade. It is very important that you keep up with this material.
Grading Policy: Plus and minus grading will be used. Final grades will be curved. Late assignments will not be accepted. Extra credit assignments will not be given. Students that do not show up for an exam, and do not contact me before the exam with a valid excuse, will receive a zero for the exam.
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standing representative body of all undergraduates, reaffirm the duty and
obligation of students to meet and uphold the highest principles and values of
personal, moral and ethical conduct. As partners in our educational community,
both students and faculty share the responsibility for promoting and helping
ensure an environment of academic integrity. As such, each student is expected
to complete all academic course work in accordance to the standards set forth
by the faculty and in compliance with the university's Code of Conduct.
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting accommodations, please contact both your instructor and the Office of Academic Support Services, University Center 212 (610-758-4152) as early as possible in the semester. You must have documentation from the Academic Support Services office before accommodations can be granted.
The lab portion of IE 305/404 will be devoted to learning to build simulation models using the modeling language ARENA. ARENA disks will be made available for installation on any PC. The lab will be taught by Mr. Serdar Yildiz. A typical day in lab might proceed roughly as follows:
All homework assignments will be done in groups of three. Note that 2¹3 and 4¹3. Groups up to the end of the first project will be picked/organized by the students. After the first project is handed in, I will rearrange groups. I usually do this based on class attendance (i.e. the 3 students with the worst attendance record will be in the same group, etc.).
ARENA programs should be submitted through Coursesite. Outputs and/or write ups, when requested, should also be turned in via Coursesite.
I would guess that there would be about 7 to 9 quizzes total. I will drop your 2 lowest quiz grades. Note that the quizzes will be given at the beginning of lab. If you are late, and miss the quiz, you are out of luck. If you are sick and miss a quiz, you are out of luck. If you are away on a job interview, you are out of luck. That is why I drop the lowest two quiz grades. A significant portion of the Labs will focus on the two major projects in this class. This will be especially true in the two or three weeks prior to the project due dates.