ME513 -- Fundamentals of Manufacturing Simulation -- Fall 2006 (Preliminary)

Learning Objectives The successful student in ME513 will 1) learn the fundamental logic that is the basis for simulation modeling; 2) be able to construct and validate simulations in Sigma, a logic graph simulation language, and Arena, a process graph simulation language, and 3) be able to set up and run simulation experiments that provide statistically meaningful results.
Prerequisite ST309 Engineering Statistics and senior or graduate level standing
Workshop The fall 2006 mandatory ME513 workshop will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 25th, 26th and 27th at Colorado State University. The workshop will be held in the Lockheed-Martin Design Laboratory, B203 Engineering.  Meeting times are 8:30 to approximately 5:30 on Friday and Saturday and 8:30 to approximately 1:30 on Sunday.  See the ME513 Webpage for additional details.

If you have not already done so, you will need to obtain a university student identification card with magnetic stripe and an Engineering Network Services computer user number.  You ought to be able to accomplish this between 8:00 and 8:30 on the first workshop day.  The ENS account number will become active about 15 minutes after you establish it.

Internet 1. Workshop participants will be given access to the ME513 WebCT Website at via their eid and password.
2. As can be seen in the Course Contents, the Internet part of the course is organized into three topics, with each topic consisting of a number of sections.  The sections consist of readings, quizzes, practice exercises and homework.  You should complete each section by the indicated due date.  There will be grading penalties associated with late submissions of quizzes, practice exercises and homework.
3. The quizzes and practice exercises will be available in WebCT quiz form.  Your will have one attempt for each quiz.
4. Homework will be submitted via WebCT.
Readings Readings for each section are provided in the Course Contents.  Do the readings for each section before taking the quiz. 
Instructor Prof. William Duff -- A112 by appointment.
Course Mail is the recommended means for contact..  For non-ME513 matters use
Phone -- 491-5859 (with voice messaging).  Mechanical Engineering FAX -- 970-491-3827
Texts The texts are “Graphical Simulation Modeling and Analysis” by Lee and Dona Schruben, 1999 and "Simulation with Arena, Fourth Edition", McGraw-Hill by David Kelton, Randall Sadowski and David Sturrock, 2006.  There is also a recommended reference, "Simulation Modeling and Analysis, Third Edition", McGraw-Hill by Averill Law and David Kelton. The Schruben text is available as part of your fee and it will be provided to you at the workshop.  A workbook will also be provided to you.  It will be in the WebCT ME513 Course Contents.  Your primary access to the workbook is from the Course Contents.  It will be updated from time-to-time, so always use the Course Contents to view the workbook.
Software Required: Sigma, Arena, probably version 10.0 and Adobe Acrobat.  Sigma will be provided when you arrive at the workshop and Arena 10.0 will come with the Arena text.  The Acrobat software may be purchased at a considerably reduced academic price at the CSU Software Cellar in the Student Center (970-491-7625).  Sigma and Arena are installed on networked computers in the Engineering building.  The Acrobat software is available on a few of the Engineering computers.
Computers Participants will have access to Engineering Network services computers with the Minitab software during the workshop.  For the Internet portion of the course participants will need access to a computer with a connection to the Web, a properly set up WebCT recommended browser (See the WebCT entry page.) and the Sigma, Arena and Acrobat software.
Quizzes A set of Internet Sigma/Arena quizzes on the material covered during the workshop will be made available right after the workshop.  There will then be a series of WebCT quizzes based on the Sigma/Arena readings for most sections of the Course Contents.  You will also be given a time duration for the quiz, usually ten to twenty minutes.  This is a guideline for the time it should take you, not a hard limit.  You will have a single attempt for each quiz, so prepare well before you access each quiz and always check the Course Contents for any changes before attempting a quiz. You will be provided with the correct answers when you submit this quiz.
Practice Exercises Look at the Course Contents to see if there is a practice exercise associated with the current topic. If so, complete the practice exercise after taking the quiz for the topic and before attempting the associated homework.  The practice exercise will consist of variations of examples in the text, problems similar to your homework and other problems relevant to the topic being studied.  There are associated WebCT quizzes in which to place your answers to the practice exercises.  Prepare well before you access each practice exercise and always check the Course Contents for any changes before attempting it. You will be provided with the correct answers when you submit this practice exercise.
Homework Homework assignments for the Internet part of the course are provided in the Course Contents. The homework assignments provide the most effective way to learn how to properly build simulation models and conduct simulation experiments.  Before starting a homework assignment, make sure you have corrected any problems with any Practice Exercise submission that is relevant to the associated topic.  If your submission of a homework assignment is not substantially correct it will will be returned to you ungraded with comments.  After carefully addressing the comments, resubmit the assignment.  Once you take the final exam, no further resubmissions of homework will be accepted and the last submissions of all outstanding homework will be assigned a grade.  When you receive a grade on an assignment, this will be the indication that it is the final submission.  There may still be deficiencies in your pdf presentation and if so, these will be noted.  You should make sure you understand the nature of any remaining deficiencies before you take the final exam.

Course mail your initial Acrobat (pdf) homework presentation and associated Sigma and Arena files as course mail attachments.  Name your Acrobat files HWxyME513Sp05.pdf, your Sigma files HWxyzME513Sp05.mod and your ARENA files HWxyzME513Sp05.doe, where x is the homework number, y is your last name and z is a, b, etc. in case the is more than one simulation model required.   The Acrobat file should contain a complete explanation of how you did the homework, including what Arena and Sigma logic, components and settings were used.  Note that there is to be only one Acrobat file per assignment and at most one Sigma file and one ARENA file for each Sigma or Arena problem. 

Please turn in your final submission of the homework by the due date.  Final submission homework that is late will incur a penalty of ten percent during the first late week and twenty percent if beyond the first week. 

Exam There will be one final exam given at the end of the of the course.  The exam will be open book and notes. It will cover material from the Workshop, but will emphasize the Internet part of the course. The exam will be released as a quiz and you will have 24 hours to complete it. It will be timed, so do not access the quiz until you are ready to begin the exam. You will convert the completed exam to a pdf file and sent it to me as a course mail attachment.
Course Grading   5 percent workshop quizzes
15 percent Internet quizzes
15 percent practice exercises
35 percent homework
30 percent exam