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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Complex Systems

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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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CMPLXSYS 530. Computer Modeling of Complex Systems.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rick L Riolo (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Enrollment in certificate program or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

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The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic concepts, tools and issues which arise when using computers to model complex (adaptive) systems (CAS). The emphasis will be on agent-based, bottom-up computer models. (We will only briefly look at other approaches.) The bulk of the course will involve "learning by example", i.e., students will:

  1. read, discuss, evaluate a number of models from a variety of disciplines.
  2. Modify and run experiments with existing models.
  3. Design, implement, run, write-up results from their own models.

The course will cover all aspects of the modeling process itself, from model design through implementation to analyzing, documenting, and communicating results.

The emphasis in CSCS 530 is on "Exploratory Models" of more generic complex (adaptive) systems and/or phenomena (vs. "predictive" models for specific situations).

Classwork and grades. Projects and their influence on a course-grade are as follows:

  1. Class discussion 20% (An incentive to read and discuss!)
  2. Short paper 20%
  3. Small computer modeling project(s) 20%
  4. Term project 40%
    1. Proposal (5%)
    2. Class Presentation (5%)
    3. Paper (30%)

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