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ES439 - Simulation of Operations

  • Module code: ES439
  • Module name: Simulation of Operations
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce Discrete Event simulation in the context of business operations and planning in areas such as manufacturing plant, healthcare and large-scale construction activities. To develop understanding of how to apply the technique to help solve complex engineering systems design problems and basic skills in using commercial software used by major firms. To prepare the student so that they can engage with this in a meaningful way after they graduate, in identifying suitable problems, supporting the execution of simulation projects and managing them effectively.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to... • Demonstrate in depth knowledge and skills to allow a new or existing facility and its operation to be simulated using discrete event simulation. • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of DES theory and make suitable simplifications of a problem to suit DES technologies. • Make appropriate modelling simplifications (choice of variable, level of detail, degree of abstraction) • Design and execute an appropriate set of experiments using a simulation model. • Analyse experimental results using appropriate structured and statistical methods to critically evaluate engineering proposals. • Demonstrate an advanced ability to present the results of a simulation study in written form, and make evidence-based recommendations based on this. • Develop and apply a simulation model using a commercial simulation software tool • Interpret the meaning of simulation results, and make evidence-based recommendations for the design and operation of a system of interest.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures : 30 hours Surgery sessions in PC lab: 2x 1 hours Revision examples: 2x 1 hours Total 34 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year4/es439

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material, theory and lab exercises. Students must pass the examination and pass the coursework.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES439-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Individual Assignment 30%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 70%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • MEng Engineering (H10C) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10K) - Year 4
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H20A) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30G) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33A) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33C) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37A) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37D) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H60C) - Year 4
  • MEng Systems Engineering (H63A) - Year 4
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 5
  • MEng Engineering (H10D) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10G) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10L) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10M) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 5
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H211) - Year 4
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Intercalated Year (H212) - Year 5
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Year in Research (H213) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30H) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30P) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Exchange Year (H320) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H331) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Intercalated Year (H332) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Year in Research (H333) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33B) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37B) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H60D) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H635) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year (H636) - Year 5
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Year in Research (H637) - Year 5
  • MEng Systems Engineering (H63B) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH37) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH38) - Year 5
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (HH39) - Year 5
  • MEng Systems Engineering (HH63) - Year 4
  • MEng Systems Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH64) - Year 5
  • MEng Systems Engineering with Year in Research (HH65) - Year 5