Course Information
SchoolMechanical Engineering
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorGeorgios Tagaras
Course ID20000317

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Mechanical Engineering

Registered students: 31
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Design and StructuresElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)955
Industrial ManagementCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)955

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module student should be able to: (i) develop dynamic tools for systems thinking including methods to elicit and map the structure of complex systems; (ii) to develop tools for modeling and dynamic simulation of complex systems; (iii) apply procedures for testing and improving the simulation models; (iv) design and evaluate policies for improving the dynamic behavior of systems.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction: fundamental system concepts; the object of a system dynamics analysis. System Structure and Dynamic Behavior: open and closed systems; positive-negative feedback loop; S-curve dynamics; oscillation, overshoot and collapse; other modes of behavior. Causal-Loop Diagrams: construction principles; loop identification. Stocks and Flows: diagramming notation; mathematical formulation; stocks and flows diagrams; graphical integration. Mathematical Formulation of Positive Feedback Loop: analytical solution for the linear first-order system; doubling times; non linear systems. Mathematical Formulation of Negative Feedback Loop: analytical solution for the linear first-order system; time constants and half-times; zero-value goal structure; initial conditions; system compensation. Mathematical Formulation of S-shaped Growth: Verhulst growth; Richards’ model; Weibull model. Modeling Decision Making: principles for modeling decision making; formulating rate equations. Delays: material delays; information delays; estimating the duration and distribution of delays. Introduction to PowerSim Software Package: flow diagram modeling; defining the time; computational sequence; overview of operators; function definitions. Case Studies in Industrial Management Using the System Dynamics Approach (PowerSim models).
System dynamics, dynamic simulation, modelling and analysis, powersim.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Lectures are supported by Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentations which are available in Pdf by the digital course content ( The laboratory work is supported by the PowerSim 2.5 software package for modeling and simulation of case studies from production, business and public sectors.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment602
Interactive Teaching in Information Center200.7
Written assigments150.5
Other / Others50.2
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Γεωργιάδης Π., ΘΕΩΡΙΑ ΔΥΝΑΜΙΚΗΣ ΣΥΣΤΗΜΑΤΩΝ Με Εφαρμογές στη Σχεδίαση και Λειτουργία Συστημάτων Παραγωγής, Εκδόσεις Σοφία, 2006.
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