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 second session you will build a model of a simple ecosystem by assembling and customising pre-made building blocks of program code.

See below for course schedule

Key topics
  • How to build an ABM
  • Learning to use agent-based modelling tools
  • Troubleshooting and debugging
Course information
Intended audience Anyone interested in agent-based or individual-based modelling
Prior knowledge It is recommended that students take all the sessions in this series as each session builds on the knowledge gained in previous sessions.
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): The NetLogo programming language (session 3)
Taught using:
Windows 7

Course provider: IT Learning Programme

What you will need:


Frequency: This course runs once a year subject to teacher availability. Express an interest in future dates for this course.