Today was the first day of the graduate-level class I am teaching, FW852 Systems Modeling and Simulation. During the course we will:
- Review systems theory and the systems modeling and simulation process
- Introduce modeling and simulation methods and tools, specifically the STELLA and NetLogo modeling environments
- Apply modeling theory, methods and tools to natural resource management and other areas of research
Term projects are a critical component of the course and students will have opportunities to develop their own models, usually related to their dissertation and thesis research. Students will peer-review others’ work, and present their results in class. Through regular and guest lectures, discussion, and hands-on experience, the course will provide students with a holistic view and integrative tools for their future research, decision-making, and management activities.
As the course progresses I may post some of the examples and topics we look at, and anything interesting that arises out of our discussions in class.