Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The topic of the course varies. The course has two alternative topics at the moment.

Topic I: The course gives basic skills for analysis of queuing phenomena through discrete-event system simulation.

Topic II: The course's objective is to provide capabilities to identify, model and understand a variety of economic, organizational and socio-technical systems. After the course, students will recognize principles of systems thinking and are able to apply them to study the system of interest. Students will also be able to construct a system dynamics simulation model for problem solving.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.02.2019 - 04.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Risto Lahdelma, Joona Tuovinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Risto Lahdelma

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The topic of the course varies. The course has two alternative topics at the moment.

    Topic I: Simulation of systems including discrete events and queues: random number generation, construction of a model, input models, output data analysis, model validation.

    Topic II: During the course, we will discuss the analysis and control of dynamic system, model building and validation. We will also go through the basics of Vensim-software and present some practical applications.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Homework and Project assignment

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hours 35h. Attendance is not compulsory.
    Demo 3h 
    Autonomous studies, including project 80h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Topic I: Law, A.M. ja W.D. Kelton, Simulation Modeling and analysis, McGraw-Hill, 2002.

    Topic II: Sterman J.D., Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World, McGraw-Hill.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Mat-2.3170 Simulation

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1st and 2nd year math courses