Discrete System Simulation

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2011
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Tuesday, Thursday -- 5:30 - 6:50 p.m. 

Dr. Ranette Hudson Halverson PhD (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Discrete-Event Simulation, 5th edition
Authors: Banks, Carson, Nelson, Nichol Publisher: Pearson

Course Objectives

Learning Objectives: Students will:

  • Understand the basic terminology associated with simulation
  • Develop the basic skills and techniques of simulation development
  • Understand and use a special purpose simulation environment for system development
  • Demonstrate an understanding of discrete system properties
  • Evaluate statistical results of simulation programs 
  • Demonstrate data collection & analysis skills

Course Expectations

TENTATIVE:  All requirements listed below are subject to change based on the progress of the class and/or other extenuating circumstances.

Major Exams

  • 2 semester exams
  • Comprehensive final exam


Major Assignments:

  • Simulation projects in MS Excel
  • 12 – 15 simulation projects in Simulation Software Environment
  • Class presentations (2)



  • Homework as assigned
  • Quizzes as assigned 

Grading Standards

40%     2 Major Exams
20%     Final Exam
15%     Projects
15%     Homework & quizzes
10%     Presentations

Final Exam


Submission Format Policy

See the detailed assignment sheet received in class or posted on the course web site for specific details regarding each assignment.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

All assignments are due at class time on the date due.  Projects will be accepted late but 5 points per day will be deducted from the grade.

Make-up quizzes will not be given. 

Homework may or may not be accepted late, depending upon the assignment.  If accepted late, minimum of 20% grade reduction.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to arrive on time and stay for the entire class period.  All electronic devices must be turned off and/or put away during class.

Attendance will be taken at each class meeting.  Excessive absences may cause a student to de dropped from the course. Students are responsible for all class material, even when absent.  It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor for information regarding missed work when absent.

Other Policies


CHEATING:Each student is expected to design, code, enter, test, and validate his/her own work.  To submit another’s work (even partial) as your own is called plagiarism and is subject to severe action as stated in the MSU Student Handbook.   Two students working together to complete an assignment is also considered cheating.  Students are expected to see the instructor or the instructor’s designated assistant for help on assignments.

 Cheating in any form will not be tolerated.  This includes, but is not limited to, cheating on exams, turning in another’s work as your own, and plagiarism on written work.  Punishment may include an F in the course or expulsion from the university.  (Refer to Student Handbook and Activities Calendar, Code of Student Conduct, Standards of Conduct, No. 11.)  A discussion of plagiarism will be given early in the semester.  The slides will be posted on the course website.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

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