Module Identifier MA36710  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr David Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite MA10020 , MA11110 , MA11310  
Course delivery Lecture   19 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 x 1 hour example classes  
Assessment Project report     25%  
  Exam   2 Hours (written examination)   75%  
  Resit assessment   2 Hours (written examination) Project passed: assessment as above, project mark carried forward. Project failed: 2 hour written examination - 100%   100%  

General description

Queuing Theory is an application of mathematics and probability theory that arises directly from a practical situation, viz the development and dissipation of queues. Whilst mathematics can go a long way to analysing such situations, some complex systems defy analytical treament, and Simulation is concerned with ways in which practical situations can be 'mimicked' mathematically. This course introduces these two areas.


To introduce the student to the basic theory of queues and to the technique of simulation.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:


1. INTRODUCTION: Random events. Queues and their characteristics. Markovian arrival processes. Queue model notation.
2. THE SIMPLE QUEUE: Simple Markovian (M/M/1) Queue; basic theory; steady state solutions. Waiting times and their distribution. The output process.
3. GENERALISED MARKOVIAN SYSTEMS: Queues where arrival and service rates are dependent on system size. Examples will include limited waiting rooms, multiple server queues, self-service queues, telephone exchange design, machine minding, server fatigue, etc
4. NON-MARKOVIAN QUEUES: The method of stages; Erlangian sitributions. Pollaczek-Khintchine methods. Priority queues.
5. INTRODUCTION TO SIMULATION: Random numbers. Inverse transform theorem. Composition methods. Acceptance-rejection techniques. Simulating a queue.
6. PROJECT: Detailed study of a specific queueing situation to be completed by the end of the semester, with most of the work being in the second half.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
H A Taha. (1992) Operations Research, an introduction. Maxwell-Macmillan 0024189758