Course Details and Schedule

This multi-session course will help you learn how to design, build, test, debug, and experiment with agent-based models. Agent-based modelling (ABM) plays an important role in ecology, climate change, collective animal behaviour, economics, sociology, and many other sciences. The first part of every session will be presentations and exercises. The second part will be to support students building models of their choice. In the first session you will be introduced to the basic concepts and software for making agent-based models.

See below for course schedule

Key topics
  • Agent-based modelling (ABM) as a methodology
  • How to design an ABM
  • Building and thinking critically about ABMs
  • Introduction to NetLogo and Modelling4All
  • Discussion of a variety of sample models
Course information
Intended audience Anyone interested in agent-based or individual-based modelling who has not already attended the 3-hour introductory course
Prior knowledge None
Resources Notes and resources will be available online
Format Presentation with practical exercises
Further information See: The notes and slides are available in the ITLP Portolio (type ABM in the search box, and choose the Course Pack).
Where next? Come to the follow-on session Agent-based modelling (ABM): A predator-prey example (session 2)
Taught using:
Windows 7

Course provider: IT Learning Programme

What you will need:


Frequency: This course runs subject to demand. Express an interest in future dates for this course.