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 fourth session you will learn advanced NetLogo programming and will use it to create your own modelling building blocks in NetLogo for use in the Behaviour Composer.

See below for course schedule

Key topics
  • How to construct Behaviour Composer micro-behaviours
  • Further introduction to NetLogo primitives
  • How to make the micro-behaviours general and customisable
  • How to share micro-behaviours
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): Graphical Information Systems (GIS)(session 5)
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.