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2009/2010 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
IA Design Project
Module Manager
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Prof.dr.ir. J. van den Berg    J.vandenBerg@tudelft.nl
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Expected prior knowledge
The courses in the first year of the MSc program SEPAM/IA
This course involves a design assignment in which a group of students will apply relevant Information Architecture analysis and design theory and tools onto a real world case study.
It will be tried to provide each group with a case study collected from industry or administration. Students are free to come up with suggestions for their own case study.
The final delivery of this course concerns a scientific report which should more or less have the same structure as an individual MSc thesis. In this sense, this design course is an excellent preparation (within a group assignment) for the writing of an individual MSc thesis.
Course Contents
In this project, theory, methods and tools from the courses spm41110, spm41210, spm41310, and spm41410 are applied in to a realistic case. Furthermore, Ddomain-specific design theory, methods or tools learned in spm43401/43651/43523/4354/43760 will be used as well. In Ssmall design teams the students will make a technical and organizational feasible valid and robust systems design or set of design alternatives with relevant decisive considerations for the problem owner(s). In the design and the design process both substantive (technology and systems) and actor process-related (process management and institutional) issues will have to be addressed. The deliverables of the project are a system design or a set of design alternatives expressed in models, the associated documentation and a report on the design process followed.
Study Goals
On completion of this course students will be able:

- to choose suitable system design methods and tools, taking into account the substantive and process characteristics of the system and the multi-actor environment in a specific and realistic case study;
- to apply the chosen design methods and tools for this case;
- to design a system taking into account technical domain, system engineering, decision-making, change process management and instiututional and decision-making aspects that are relevant
- to start and finish successfully an individual MSc thesis project.
Education Method
Each group consists preferably of 4 students. Each group has its own responsibility for organizing and executing the work to be done.

The tentative time schedule is as follows:
- The project starts at the beginning of each semester with a kick-off meeting where the available case studies are illuminated and each group selects its prefered case study.
- At the end of the first half of the semester the first part of the assignment (problem analysis, list of requirements, choice of design methods and project plan) is handed in and presented.
- In the second half of the semester the actual system design has to be made; at the end, the groups will present their designs; in addition, the design(s), documentation and scientific report are handed in within two weeks after the presentation.

In certain cases, deviations from this time schedule are possible after discussion with the course supervisor. E.g., groups may wish to condense the work in less than one semester.

Each group receives a limited ‘coaching budget’ that can be use to consult experts listed on the case description including the supervisor of this course.
Literature and Study Materials
- A case description will be handed out at the kick-off meeting.
- Additional material will be distributed via Blackboard.
must have passed spm4141 MAS Design: An integrated view
The final mark is based on the written report, the designs and the presentations.