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Figure 3: Modeling and simulation of an airport control point with Simio. 6 CONCLUSIONS This paper has described several experiences regarding OR/Simulation courses in master degree pro- grams. These experiences refer to three different universities located in Spain, two of them using a tradi- tional face-to-face learning model and one using a pure online learning model. Some of the main lessons that can be derived from these cases are the following: (i) the use of a professionally-oriented approach is highly recommended in most OR/Simulation courses, especially in those masters with a noticeable man- agement focus, i.e., instructors must ensure students understand the real potential of OR/Simulation tools applied to solving real-life problems; (ii) as the amount of OR/Simulation software available for educa- tion is large, one of the goals of any course should be showing different alternatives to students; (iii) the OR/Simulation software selected for a given course should depend on the specific master degree, e.g., in the case of management students, the use of easy-to-use and general-purpose simulators might be prefera- ble, while in the case of engineering students an object-oriented programming language can be a good op- tion to develop simulation-base algorithms from scratch; and (iv) in all cases, the use of illustrative case studies and a continuous assessment model is highly recommended, since they increase students’ motiv a- tion for the course and also contribute to promote a correct development of the learning process. 3616
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Grasas, Juan, and Ramalhinho ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This work has been partially supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (TRA2010- 21644-C03) and the Ibero-American Program for Science, Technology and Development (CYTED2010- 511RT0419), in the context of the ICSO-HAROSA network (). Alex Grasas and Hele- na Ramalhinho acknowledge financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiv e- ness, through the Severo Ochoa Programme for Centres of Excellence in R&D (SEV-2011-0075). REFERENCES Altiok, T., W. D. Kelton, P. L'Ecuyer, B. L. Nelson, B. W. Schmeiser, T. J. Schriber, L. W. Schruben, and J. R. Wilson. 2001. “Various Ways Academics Teach Simulation: Are They All Appropriate?” In Proceedings of the 2001 Winter Simulation Conference , edited by B. A. Peters, J. S. Smith, D. J. Medeiros, and M. W. Rohrer, 1580 1591. Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Elec- tronics Engineers, Inc. Borsting, J. R., T. M. Cook, W. R. King, R. L. Rardin, and F. D. Tuggle. 1988. “A Model for a First MBA Course in Management Science/Operations Research.” Interfaces 14(5):72 80. Caceres, J., A. Juan, S. Grasman, T. Bektas, and J. Faulin. 2012. “Combining Monte -Carlo Simulation with Heuristics for Solving the Inventory Routing Problem with Stochastic Demands .” In Proceed- ings of the 2012 Winter Simulation Conference , edited by C. Laroque, J. Himmelspach, R. Pasupathy, O. Rose, and A. M. Uhrmacher, 274. Piscataway, New Jersey: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
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