1. OBJECTIVE OF THE COURSE
This course allows the student to acquire, in a time-efficient
and uncomplicated manner, knowledge in the formation and
construction of dynamic models using Vensim .
Many times, the models are performed with minimal current
data and very few historical data. The simulation models that
the student will design in this course accommodate these
analyses, with the construction of realistic hypotheses and
elaborate behavior models.
That's done with the help of software that facilitates the
construction of the models as well as performing model
simulations. (Software is available for Windows and Mac
At the end of the course, the student is able to:
Describe the components of a complex system.
the natural evolution of the system under analysis.
Create a model of the system and present it using the simulation
4. Carry out simulations with the model, in
order to predict the behavior of the system."
2. ORGANIZATION The Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya UPC, placed in Barcelona, Spain, has a solid reputation in higher learning and research, and is a dynamic university in constant evolution. Online courses are an excellent opportunity to access postgraduate education, as the student may access the course on the student's own time, at his own pace, and minimizing the loss of work hours.
Additionally, it has been noted that this online course, gives excellent results because the student is very closely monitored in his learning process by the course professor.
The student receives the documentation of the course and the simulation software Vensim PLE at home. Throughout his progress in the course, he receives by e-mail instruction with study cases and exercises to complete. The student then submits the models he creates to the professor by e-mail. The professor is available to the student in this capacity for any help the student needs during his studies.
Because of this very close relationship between the professor and the student his progress is continuously monitored through the completion of the different exercises and study cases.
Juan Martín García , Ph. D. Industrial Engineer. Ph.D. is a worldwide recognized expert in System Dynamics. Postgraduate studies of System Dynamics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Sloan School of Management. His specialization on System Dynamics during more than 30 years allows him to offer a double vision: theoretical and practical. Member of the System Dynamics Society Conference Paper Review Committee.
4. COURSE SYLLABUS
First, the basic structures of the systems and more common
dynamics are presented. Next, the phases in the construction of
a model are studied. Last, using study cases, the student is
taught how to model with the software and simulate different
- SYSTEM DYNAMICS
- Causal diagrams
- Stable and unstable systems
- CONSTRUCTION OF A MODEL
- Diagramming the flows
- Phases in the
construction of a model
- Computer simulations
- STUDY CASES
Using the software.
- SIMPLE SYSTEM
Foreseen behavior and behavior in the model.
- PRODUCTION AND INVENTORY
From the text description to the model.
Using Tables in non-linear relations.
Using Delays in the models.
- PROJECT DYNAMICS
Building a model in phases.
The measurement units help us.
- SHORT TERM vs. LONG TERM POLICIES
Studies in soft defined environments. To extract the data.
Importance of the horizon of the simulation.
Simulating different management styles.
- COMMODITY CYCLE
To integrate several submodels in a bigger one.
The cause of the oscillations.
Explanation of the results.
The documentation is available in the Student's Web and contains all the theoretical explanations and the study cases around which the course is based.
Additionally, the student receives a CD which contains the software for building and simulating models (VENSIM PLE) together with demo versions of other similar software: ITHINK and STELLA.
The CD also contains more than 250 works and articles on this methodology, including text and graphs, that allow the student to go deeper in the aspects of the course he/she is more interested.
A bibliographical listing is also included, as well as a description of other simulation software that exists, newsgroups, and internet addresses with models.
The total cost of the course is 400 euros.
7. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
This course is intended for undergraduate and graduate students with or without professional experience.
Only basic computer skills are needed. No statistical or specific mathematical education is required.
The content of this course can be applied in many areas. In the business world, these topics are mainly used to address issues related to Strategic Planning, Business Planning, Leadership Development, Strategic Marketing and Sales, Organization Redesign, Process Improvement, Implementation of operational plans. In general to build and sustain high performance over the long term, and ensure successful implementation of changes.
In the academic world, these topics may be used to develop Final Projects or Doctorate, theses on diverse subjects.
Until now, the more than 1,000 students of this course did come from more than 80 different countries all around the world:
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