As part of one assessable task in an operations management
course at the University of Waikato, students are required
to develop a Decision Support System. Students are given a
scenario where they assume the role of a Production Planner
of a manufacturing company and use a spreadsheet-based production
planning simulator called MRP-SIM to assist them with their
The simulator simulates a production system, which receives
external orders (simulated). The students use this stream
of orders to create forecasts and to decide what to order
internally and externally on a weekly basis. The students
receive feedback on profit made each week (of simulated time).
Students are supported with this task by:
- A detailed instruction document.
- Face-to-face class lecture.
- Computer lab instruction.