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Graduate Courses in Modeling and Simulation (MOD)

Due to its interdisciplinary nature, nearly all of the courses that make up the M&S program are offered through various departments at the university. The list of M&S specific courses follows.

501 Introduction to Modeling and Simulation (3 hrs)
Survey of M&S intended to expose entering M&S students to the full range of the discipline. Identification, categorization, and comparison of modeling methods, applications, architectures, and environments. Appropriate applications for different simulation paradigms, and relative advantages and disadvantages of each. Model testing and validation approaches. Simulation interoperability approaches (standalone vs. distributed) and current interoperability protocol standards. Case studies of M&S applications. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

520 Modeling and Simulation Data Strategies (3 hrs)
Categories of data sets required (such as service time distributions, terrain databases, or sensor performance parameters) for typical modeling and simulation (M&S) applications. Data requirements for M&S in terms of data sets, data volume, data availability, data accuracy, data classification, data storage media, and data archival. Existing M&S data resources available for reuse. Commonly used formats for documenting data (e.g., meta-data) and for structuring and encoding data (e.g., XML). Concepts of data models and commonly used data models. Data set format conversion tools and procedures. Data acquisition and creation effort estimation. Data-focused case studies of M&S data applications. Prerequisites: MOD 501.

591 M&S for Integrated Product Development (3 hrs)
Introduction to the development of models and simulation in support of Integrated Product Team (IPT) projects. Development and use of models within the context of engineering projects and the systems engineering process. Topics address phases from model requirements through model verification. Offered and taught concurrently with MAE 495 Special Topic: Integrated Product Design. Prerequisites: MOD 501 or approval of instructor.

620 M&S in Test and Evaluation (3 hrs)
Use of modeling and simulation as a complement to physical testing during systems evaluation. Opportunities for simulation throughout the acquisition life-cycle, including test planning, test execution, and systems analysis, are described, characterized, and illustrated through case studies. Strategies to optimize the use of scarce resources in executing test and evaluation programs are explored. Prerequisites: MOD 501 or approval of instructor.

625 Project Management for Modeling and Simulation (3 hrs)
Types of M&S projects: studies, software development, federation development, and events. Management concepts and methods applicable to each. Comparison of simulation life-cycle models. Management of large-scale software development projects when the software under development is a simulation model, including waterfall and spiral development approaches and software development estimation. Case studies of simulation software development projects. Prerequisites: MOD 501.

640 Continuous Systems Simulation (3 hrs)
Explores the modeling principles associated with simulating physical systems as they evolve in time. Develops models of mechanical, electrical, thermal, fluid, and hybrid systems and simulates the time-varying response of these systems. Various case studies employing these principles are presented and discussed. Prerequisites: PH 111, MA 238, MOD 501.

695 Independent Study (3 hrs)
Individual directed study under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

696-698 Selected Topics in Modeling and Simulation (3 hrs)
Course offered by an instructor in a specialized area of modeling and simulation

699 Master’s Thesis (3 hrs)
Required each semester student is working and receiving direction on master’s thesis. Maximum of 6 credit hours toward the degree.

795 Independent Study (3 hrs)
Individual directed study under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

796-798 Advanced Selected Topics in Modeling and Simulation (3 hrs)
Course offered by an instructor in a specialized area of modeling and simulation. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

799 Doctoral Dissertation (3, 6, or 9 hrs)
Required each semester student is enrolled and receiving direction on doctoral dissertation. Maximum of 18 credit hours toward degree.