Further Improvement of a Course on Discrete-Event Modeling and Simulation: A Follow Up Study

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American Society of Engineering Education 2015 Illinois-Indiana Section Conference

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Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, IN


Discrete-event modeling and simulation plays a key role in design and optimization of production systems as such systems become increasingly complex. Engineering technology students should be familiar with the simulation techniques in their field of study and in addition, they should be able to design and run simulation experiments. The latter can be achieved by defining either individual or group projects wherein students develop solutions to the problem using modeling and simulation methods. In an initial investigation, the author examined the results of bringing real-world projects into a course on discrete-event modeling and simulation. The course was, and still is, a cross-listed course (e.g., undergraduate and graduate courses are combined into one course). Based on the results, the author modified the group project requirements to address the issues observed in the initial investigation. The modified syllabus has been used twice and it is the author’s belief that this modified approach has helped students more effectively. In this article the course contents and requirements such as assignments, and group projects are described, followed by a discussion on the results of using real world projects in the course. Modifications and changes done based on the results of using the real world projects, as well as the observed improvement in terms of students’ performance in the group project is also, discussed.



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