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Course Start Date:
September 2024
5 Weeks
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Professional/Flexible, Online
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Brief Description

Next Intake: Autumn 2024

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You may apply for more than one MicroCred under the same application.

Module Description

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NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

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Simulation Modelling in Supply Chains




Sep 2024


This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (e.g., Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award.

The programmes associated with this MicroCred are: 


This module has been designed to offers learners the opportunity to

  • To provide students with knowledge on discrete event simulation modelling and its application to supply chains.
  • To provide students with modelling and software capabilities to apply simulation to supply chains

The module is broken down to provide an overview of the following areas:

Introduction to simulation:

  • Overview of simulation modelling
  • Introduction to the basic concepts of discrete event simulation.
  • The simulation process steps involved in carrying out a simulation project.

Computer simulation packages:

  • Overview of available computer packages, description of representative packages, computer implementation issues.
  • Development of programming skills to apply simulation to supply chains using a generic simulation package.
  • Introduction to a dedicated supply chain simulation software.

Statistical aspects of simulation:

  • Input analysis, random number generation, output analysis, experimental design.

Queuing Models:

  • Provide comparison of simulation with stochastic mathematical models through the introduction of basic queuing models.

Application of simulation:

  • Development of simulation case study models for supply chain analysis and design

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Understand discrete event simulation.
  • Understand the role of simulation modelling in supply chain design and analysis.
  • Understand the steps in applying simulation.
  • Be able to develop simulation models of supply chains.
  • Be able to analysis statistically input data, output data basic experimental design methods used in simulation analysis.
  • Understand basic queuing theory and its advantages/disadvantages when compared to discrete event simulation.

This module is open to those currently employed, or seeking employment, in a variety of industries such as Manufacturing, Service, Retail, Defence Forces, Health Care Services; Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Aviation, Semiconductors etc.

Applicants must have a minimum second-class Level 8 honours degree (QQI NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University.

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

The fees for this programme are €1,000

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