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DSC3703/101/3/2015 Tutorial letter 101/3/2015 Simulation DSC3703 Semesters 1 and 2 Department of Decision Sciences Important Information: This tutorial letter contains important information about your module.
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DSC3703/3/101 Contents 1 INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME 3 1.1 Tutorial matter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2 PURPOSE AND OUTCOMES OF THIS MODULE 3 2.1 Purpose of the module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2.2 Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 3 LECTURER AND CONTACT DETAILS 5 3.1 Lecturer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3.2 Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3.3 College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 3.4 University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 4 MODULE RELATED RESOURCES 6 4.1 Prescribed book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 4.2 Recommended books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 4.3 Electronic Reserves (e-Reserves) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 4.4 Study guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 4.5 Computer software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 5 STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES 8 6 MODULE SPECIFIC STUDY PLAN 8 7 MODULE PRACTICAL WORK AND WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING 9 8 ASSESSMENTS 9 8.1 Assessment plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 8.2 Assignment due dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 8.3 Submission of assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 8.4 Assignment enquiries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 9 ASSIGNMENTS 11 10 EXAMINATION 22 11 OTHER ASSESSMENT METHODS 22 12 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 22 2
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DSC3703/3/101 1 INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME Dear student Welcome to the Department of Decision Sciences and the module, Simulation . We hope that you will find this module interesting and that you will complete it successfully. It is essential that you read this Tutorial Letter 101, as well as Tutorial Let- ter 301, very carefully. Tutorial Letter 101 contains important information on this module. Tutorial Letter 301 contains general information relevant to all undergraduate students in the Department of Decision Sciences. 1.1 Tutorial matter The Despatch Department should supply you with the following tutorial matter for this module: three study guides Tutorial Letter 101 (this tutorial letter) Tutorial Letter 301 any other tutorial letters that may be necessary. Some of this tutorial matter may not be available when you register. Tutorial matter that is not available when you register will be posted to you as soon as possible. The study guide and tutorial letters are also available electronically in pdf format on my Unisa at https://my.unisa.ac.za . 2 PURPOSE AND OUTCOMES OF THIS MODULE 2.1 Purpose of the module The purpose of this module is to provide the learner with a theoretical basis for structuring and solving simulation models in practice. Simulation is one of the main modelling tools of the subject discipline Operations Research (OR). In most other OR subjects, such as linear programming, nonlinear programming, PERT/CPM and decision theory, analytical methods are used to model problems. In simulation the emphasis falls on numerical techniques. The OR student often finds this approach to modelling to be quite new and strange. A different logic than usual is followed in structuring solutions. When studying other OR subjects, a linear way of thinking and working may be applied in order to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills, since each subsection usually follows logically from the previous one. In simulation however, a wide variety of techniques might have to be applied simultaneously in the overall picture. This calls for a parallel way of thinking and working, where subjects need to be mastered in a piece-wise fashion. Initially a student of simulation may 3
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