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Modelling and Simulation using MATLAB®


How can I simulate a water treatment plant or realize a new business venture? This MOOC explains how to model and simulate innovative ideas using MATLAB/Simulink.

  • 22 Apr. 2014
  • English
  • Interdisciplinary

About this course

Course Summary

Modelling and simulation make a particular part of the world easier to define, visualize and understand. Both require the identification of relevant aspects of a situation in the real world and then the use of different types of models for different objectives and the definition of the most suitable model parameters.

This course teaches you to simulate models for a wide range of applications using MATLAB – a high-level programming language and an environment for numerical computation and visualization.

The course is divided into two sections. The first part teaches the basics and is mandatory for all participants. Within the second part of the course you have the opportunity to choose from a catalogue of applications to work on selected examples.

What will I learn?

  • Students are acquainted with the concepts of modelling and simulation from an interdisciplinary point of view.
  • Students are able to implement and simulate models using MATLAB/Simulink.
  • Depending on the selected applications in part B of the course students acquire further knowledge of control engineering, image processing, machine learning, business case modelling, knowledge management and simulation of a water treatment plant
  • Enthusiastic students with only rudimentary programming knowledge acquire an understanding of the basic MATLAB programming

What do I have to know?

Mathematics and Physics knowledge of secondary level education and programming knowledge are recommended.

MATLAB is commercial software. As a result of support from MathWorks, students will be granted a downloadable license to MATLAB and Simulink for the duration of the course.


Approx. 8 hours per week.

The final chapter will be uploaded on June 24th. The course ends on July 18th.

Do I get a certificate?

Students participating in this course can earn the official Statement of Participation.

Requirements for receiving the Statement of Participation are to watch 80% of the lecture videos as well as complete 80% of the quizzes.

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