Vol. 4, The Resource Utilization Model

by M. Gallegos


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This report describes the Resource Utilization Model component of MODIA (a Method of Designing Instructional Alternatives), a system developed to help Air Training Command plan technical courses. The model is a computerized, discrete-event simulation of course operations for planning. It simulates resource demand, resource use, and student queuing generated by student progress through the potentially complex flow patterns of a course. Among its many options are variable or fixed rates of student progress and prespecification of resource availability by the planner or determination of resource requirements by the model. The model ascertains such items as rates of resource use, average time to graduation, points at which students must wait for resources, and average and peak student loads. Another MODIA component, described in R-1701, helps the planner generate course designs for input to the model. An overview of MODIA is given in R-1700.

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