Simulation for Logistics: An Introduction

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Future Learn
Simulation for Logistics: An Introduction

What is the course about?

Simulation for Logistics: An Introduction
The course Simulation for Logistics: An Introduction is an online class provided by Coventry University through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

Discover logistics business simulation and explore the behaviour of logistics operations to identify problems in processes.

Course description
  • Explore the basics of logistics simulation to help develop decision-making
  • 2 weeks
  • On this course, you will be shown how current operations work within a business supply chain and will explore affordable scenarios for further improvements.
  • You will explore the benefits of logistics simulation along with limitation and other modelling steps. You will also gain the opportunity to learn how to better deal with uncertainty and reduce future business risks.
  • Introduction to logistics business simulation
  • What is simulation?
  • Why do we need simulation?
  • What can simulation do?
  • Where can simulation be used?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of simulation
  • How is simulation accomplished?
  • Simulation steps
  • Warehouse management example
  • Session summary
  • Suggested readings
  • Introduction to ARENA Rockwell software and modelling modules
  • Fundamental components, including system, model and modelling
  • Modelling elements, including entity, attribute, activity, event and state variables
  • Basics of selecting entities
  • Basics of selecting attributes
  • Visual examples of system modelling elements
  • System analysis-tabular form
  • Building a first ARENA simulation model
  • Assess when and where simulation is needed
  • Investigate the ability of simulation to solve logistics problems
  • Explore the simulation steps that can be applied to simulate systems
  • Develop an understanding of the system concept and its components
  • Explore different types of system elements
  • Identify ways of using such elements to represent the system being modelled
  • This course is of particular interest to anyone with a keen interest in logistics operations and how to manage them efficiently while facing uncertainties in a virtual environment.
  • Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.
  • Coventry University
  • Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Prerequisites & Facts

Simulation for Logistics: An Introduction

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University, College, Institution

Coventry University

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Simulation for Logistics: An Introduction

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / Coventry University you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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