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Course module: 202000080
Simulation and Heuristics
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000080
Credits (ECTS)3
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. A. Asadi
Contactperson for the course
dr. A. Asadi
dr. A. Asadi
Lecturer E.C. van Berkum
Lecturer M.R.K. Mes
Lecturer J.M.J. Schutten
Academic year2021
Starting block
RemarksPart of module 8 B-CE
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After successful completion of this module component, the student is able to:
  1. describe the different types of simulation, their applicability, and how to setup a simulation study;
  2. understand the core principles of discrete event simulation (e.g., the event controller, random numbers, and warm-up period);
  3. define input for a simulation model (e.g., different statistical distributions) and design experiments (selection of the type of simulation, warm-up period, replications, combination of experimental factors, ranges, performance indicators, etc.);
  4. explain the concepts of (i) construction and improvement heuristics and (ii) local search heuristics.
This is a part of Module 8, Modelling & Analysis of Stochastic Processes of the Bachelor Civil Engineering. See here for the complete description of this module.

In the module component Simulation and Heuristics, students learn how to perform a simulation study and learn basic heuristic approaches for routing and scheduling. Regarding simulation, the goal is to learn about the principles of discrete event stochastic simulation to be able to conduct a simulation study focused on the improvement of business processes. Regarding heuristics, the goal is to learn how to apply priority rules and sampling to construct solutions, and how to apply local search to improve solutions.

Additional information:
Preferably, this module component needs to be followed in parallel with the component Project Simulation and Heuristics.

External students who are interested in this elective: please contact
Module 8
Participating study
Bachelor Civil Engineering
Required materials
Robinson, S. (2014). Simulation: The Practice of Model Development and Use (2nd ed.). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781137328021
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance
Presence dutyYes


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