Course Unit Profile

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Basic Information

Course Unit Title: SIMULATION

Course Unit Code: 259AA

Level of course unit

First Cycle (Laurea) Degree Programme in Computer science

Year of study

Third year

Semester when the course is delivered

Second semester

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6

Name of Lecturer(s):

Prof.: Vincenzo Ambriola

Language of instruction


General Information

Learning outcomes

The student who successfully completes the course will have the ability to simulate complex systems.

Course contents

The aim of the course is to provide tools for building and exploiting simulation models. The course starts with an introduction to simulation followed by the presentation of the principal simulation techniques, with a special emphasis to discreet simulation. A relevant part of the course will be devoted to statistical methodologies for the analysis of input/output data. In the last part of the course the principal concepts of both System Dynamics and autonomous agents simulation will be presented.

Specific Information

Prerequisites, co-requisites, as a prerequisite for further study


For this course the prerequisite/s is/are



Prerequisite for


Mode of delivery


face to face



Teaching methods

Learning activities

Recommended or required reading

V. Ambriola, G. Gallo, Note di Simulazione, Teaching notes (in Italian), 2013.
F. Marazzi, A. Zanzi. Laboratorio di informatica: il modello predatore-preda di Volterra, (in Italian) 2012.
C.J. Krebs et al. What Drives the 10-year Cycle of Snowshoe Hares?, 2001.

Recommended readings

A.M. Law and W.D. Kelton, Simulation modeling and analysis, McGraw-Hill, 1991.
M. Pidd, Computer simulation in management science, J.Wiley, 1992
S.M. Ross, A course in simulation, Macmillan, 1990

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment methods

Further information


Assessment criteria

The student must demonstrate the ability to put into practice and to execute, with critical awareness, the activities illustrated or carried out under the guidance of the teacher during the course.

Work placement


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