5357 SBWL, SNS Class III - Supply Chain Modelling and Design
Dipl.-Ing.(FH) Alexander Hübl, PhD, MSc, BSc
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/11/19 to 02/22/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 04/01/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.2.03
Monday 04/08/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.2.02
Wednesday 04/10/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.0.01 ERSTE
Monday 04/29/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.5.01
Monday 05/06/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.05
Wednesday 05/08/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.2.02
Monday 05/13/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.21
Wednesday 05/15/19 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM TC.5.27
Friday 05/17/19 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM TC.2.03
Wednesday 05/22/19 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM TC.0.02 Red Bull

The following topics will be addressed:

  • Introduction to simulation
  • Planning methods for logisitcs (Kanban, MRP)
  • Output analysis (confidence interval, pivot tables)
  • Simulation and optimization (parameter variation)
  • Network design under uncertainty


Learning outcomes

After successfully passing the class, students should be able to know and apply the models and theories of network design in supply chains.


Furthermore, they should be able to develop and validate simulation and optimization models that allow them to compare different network design configurations and to find the optimal network design for a given situation. 






Attendance requirements

Attendance in the first lecture is mandatory for the participation in the course. If an absence cannot be avoided inform the lecturer  before class and provide some form of proof for the absence (e.g. medical confirmation) in the next session. In total, a minimum requirement for attendance of 80% is required to pass the course.

If the attendance falls below 80% for students receiving partial credit, students are graded with 5 (Nicht genügend). See further:

Teaching/learning method(s)

Presentations, in-class exercises, HW assignments, quiz


Homework  assignments: 40%

Presentation and report of a case: 20%

Final exam: 40 %

Cooperation with other students on homework assignments is encouraged. However, the final write-up must be done individually. ‘Duplicate’ homework write-ups are unacceptable and will receive a score of zero. (Any homework that is late will receive a score of zero.)

Grading scale:

  • Excellent (1): 87.5% - 100.0%
  • Good (2): 75.0% - <87.5%
  • Satisfactory (3): 62.5% - <75.0%
  • Sufficient (4): 50.0% - <62.5%
  • Fail (5): <50.0%

Prerequisite for passing the course: minimum performance of 50% in the final examination.

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Admission for the SBWL is done by the institute for transport and logistics management:

Additional questions related to Admission, please refer to

1 Author: Law, A.M.

Simulation Modeling and Analysis

Publisher: Mc Graw Hill
Edition: 4th
Remarks: Chapters 1,6,9
Year: 2007
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
2 Author: Sunil Chopra und Peter Meindl

Supply Chain Management

Publisher: Pearson
Edition: 6th
Remarks: Chapters 4,5 and 6
Year: 2014
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
3 Author: Simchi-Levi, Kaminsky, Simchi-Levi
Title: Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies

Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Edition: 3rd - International Ediition
Remarks: Chapter 3
Year: 2008
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
4 Author: Hopp W.J., Spearman M.L.
Factory Physics

Publisher: Foundations of Manufacturing Management, Irwin, New York
Year: 1996
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommended previous knowledge and skills

The previous completion of a course introducing linear and integer programming is recommended for the participation in this course.

Availability of lecturer(s)

Per email or after class

Last edited: 2018-12-13