SMS Basics for Managers

This course provides Managers an introduction to Systems Modeling and Simulation (SMS), the value of SMS, as well as both a business perspective as well as an operations perspective on the challenges and essentials to deploy SMS.

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Course Offering Dates:

Start Date: December 7, 2020
End Date: December 18, 2020

Course Learning Objectives

Basic Perceptions: 

  • Understand the engineering landscape (with examples from the automotive industry) including trends and challenges relative to SMS. 
  • Understand the value and influence of the three basic pillars to Digital Transformation, namely Organization, Process, and Technology. 
  • Realize the urgency of SMS adoption to remain or become a viable market leader.  
  • Articulate the benefits and challenges associated with adopting Systems Modeling and Simulation best practices and journey forward. (Note: SMS is the umbrella that includes MBD, MBE, MBSE, etc.). 
  • Develop a foundational understanding to accelerate future topic exploration. 
  • Link the course material to your own organization. 

 As a result: 

  • Ability to convey SMS key messages to all levels of management.  
  • Ability to lead/participate in the task force appointed to drive the Digital Transformation initiative within an organization.
  • Ability to provide basic education on the topic of SMS to other Associates. 
  • Prepare for the identification of “Known/Unknowns” and “Unknown/Unknows” (explained in the course) 
  • Better prepare the budgetary considerations planning for a Digital Transformation journey.
  • Ability to gain a greater detailed understanding by completing the SMS course for Practitioners. 

Expected Time Commitment

  • The course will be delivered over a two-week period.
  • The course SMS Basics for Managers consists of four modules:
    1. “An Introduction to Systems Modeling and Simulation”
    2. “The Value of Systems Modeling and Simulation”
    3. The Challenges to deploy Systems Modeling and Simulation – A Business Perspective”
    4. “Essentials to deploy Systems Modeling and Simulation – An Operations Perspective”
  • The first three modules will take about 1.5 hours each. Module 4 is the largest and will take about 3.5 hours. Please note, every learner is different, so this is only a guideline.
  • Module 3 contains an assignment that will be prerequisite for the interactive discussion in Module 4. The time to complete this assignment is about 1 hour.
  • There will be 4 interactive live sessions with focus on each of the modules. The first two live sessions will take place in the first week of the course, while the other two live sessions will take place during the second week of the course. Each live session is schedule to take about 45 minutes.
  • All course lectures are recorded and available to you 24/7 through the university's Learning Management System, Scarlet Carmen. 

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  • None.

Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund minus a $50 administrative fee will be made if cancellation is received one week prior to the start of the course. No refunds within one week of the course start date.



Registration is open through December 6, 2020

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$980 per person



If you have questions, please contact:

Emily Nutwell
SIMCenter Education Manager