System Dynamics Advanced Level
Online Course with Vensim ®
- WHY I NEED THIS COURSE
This course allows the student to acquire, in a time-efficient
and uncomplicated manner, knowledge in the formation and
construction of dynamic models using Vensim.
Many times, the models are performed with minimal current
data and very few historical data. The simulation models that
the student will design in this course accommodate these
analyses, with the construction of realistic hypotheses and
elaborate behavior models.
That's done with the help of software that facilitates the
construction of the models as well as performing model
simulations. (Software is available for Windows and Mac
At the end of the course, the student is able to:1.
Describe the components of a complex system.
the natural evolution of the system under analysis.
Create a model of the system and present it using the simulation
4. Carry out simulations with the model, in
order to predict the behavior of the system.
ATC-Innova has a solid reputation in model simulation research, and is a dynamic company in constant evolution. As such, the company offers internet-based courses to serve English-speaking students who are interested in taking courses.
Courses via the Internet are an excellent opportunity to access postgraduate education, as the student may access the course on the student's own time, at his own pace, and minimizing the loss of work hours.
Additionally, it has been noted that this course, in its internet mode, gives excellent results because the student is very closely monitored in his learning process by the course instructor.
The student receives the documentation of the course and the simulation software Vensim PLE at home. Throughout his progress in the course, he receives by e-mail instruction with study cases and exercises to complete. The student then submits the models he creates to the instructor by e-mail. The instructor is available to the student in this capacity for any help the student needs during his studies.
Because of this very close relationship between the instructor and the student his evaluation is continuously monitored through the completion of the different exercises and study cases.
First, the basic structures of the systems and more common dynamics are presented. Next, the phases in the construction of a model are studied. Last, using study cases, the student is taught how to model with the software and simulate different alternatives.
PHASE I. CONCEPTS
Stable, unstable and oscillant systems.
Medium term dynamics.
CONSTRUCTION OF A MODEL
Phases in the construction of a model.
PHASE II. BASIC EXERCISES
Using the software.
Foreseen behavior and behavior in the model.
PRODUCTION AND INVENTORY
From the text description to the model.
Using Tables in non-linear relations.
Using Delays in the models.
Building a model in phases.
The measurement units help us.
SHORT TERM vs. LONG TERM POLICIES
Studies in soft defined environments. To extract the data.
Importance of the horizon of the simulation.
Simulating different management styles.
To integrate several submodels in a bigger one.
The cause of the oscillations.
Explanation of the results.
PHASE III. ADVANCED EXERCISES
DRAWING COMPLEX DIAGRAMS
Epidemic case. Drawing techniques of complex diagrams.
Translation of mathematical models to Vensim.
USING QUALITATIVE VARIABLES
Definition and use of qualitative variables.
Qualitative and quantitative environments in a model.
IMPORT DATA AND EXPORT RESULTS
Import of current and historical data from excel.
Analysis of results, and export to excel.
BUILDING SIMULATION GAMES
Definition of the variables of a game.
Creation and development of the game.
USING INPUT OUTPUT INTERFACE
Clients Case. Output controls.
Building input control.
MONTE CARLO SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS
Sales Case. Monte Carlo method.
Results, variables of special interest.
PHASE IV. GUIDED PRACTICAL EXERCISE
Define the problem and identify the related elements
Define solutions to solve the problem to be tested
Draw the Causal Loop Diagram and identify the feedbacks
Draw the Stock and Flow Diagram
Write the equations and the values of the parameters
Simulate a first version of the model
Improve the model and run new simulation
Write the conclusions
Juan Martin Garcia, Ph. D. Industrial Engineer, Diploma in Business Dynamics at the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT. He has given classes of building models during the last 20 years in several universities and is a recognized consultant in this field, this allows him to offer a double vision: theoretical and practical.
The CD delivered to the student contains the theoretical explanations and the basic study cases around which the course is based.
Theory and Practical Exercises of System Dynamics.
ISBN 84-609-9804-5 See the book.
The student receives a license of Vensim PLE PLUS without any additional cost.
The total cost of the course is 1000 USD
Twelve weeks to complete the exercises, and three months to complete the guided practical exercise. Some pauses are possible if the student justifies it for professional reasons.
- REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE
This course is intended for undergraduate and graduate students with or without professional experience.
Only basic computer skills are needed. No statistical or specific mathematical education is required.
The content of this course can be applied in many areas. In the business world, these topics are mainly used to address issues related to Strategic Planning, Business Planning, Leadership Development, Strategic Marketing and Sales, Organization Redesign, Process Improvement, Implementation of operational plans. In general to build and sustain high performance over the long term, and ensure successful implementation of changes.
In the academic world, these topics may be used to develop Final Projects or Doctorate, theses on diverse subjects.
The certificate is issued by ATC Innova, Official Distributor of Vensim. Students need to complete the 50% of the exercises to obtain the certificate.
- OTHER ONLINE COURSES
ATC Innova also offers a basic level and an high level online courses.
1. Please download the registration form and fill in your personal data,
2.Pay with credit card here,
3. Email the registration form with a copy an official document of identity.