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2011/2012 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
CoSEM Master's Thesis Project
ECTS: 30
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Drs. J. Ubacht    J.Ubacht@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr. J.A. Annema    J.A.Annema@tudelft.nl
Dr. A.F. Correlje    A.F.Correlje@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. M.L.P. Groenleer    M.L.P.Groenleer@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. Z. Lukszo    Z.Lukszo@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. M.P.M. Ruijgh-van der Ploeg    M.P.M.Ruijgh-vanderPloeg@tudelft.nl
Dr. M.E. Warnier    M.E.Warnier@tudelft.nl
Ir. H.W. de Wolff    H.W.deWolff@tudelft.nl
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Course Language
Although the quality of the project always prevails, the following schedule is an estimate for the 21 weeks (840 hour) project effort in phases:

Developing and writing the master thesis project plan(app. 4 weeks / 140 hours )

Executing the project and writing the thesis report including a scientific paper (app. 13 weeks / 525 hours)

Finalizing the Master Thesis Report and scientific paper, taking the comments from the members of the graduation committee during the greenlight meeting into account(app. 2-3 weeks / 105 hours)

Presentation and defense (app. 2 week / 70 hours )
The Master's Thesis Project is scheduled during the second year of the SEPAM programme and covers a period of approximately half a year. However, the starting date of the master thesis project is flexible, anytime during the year, after the student meets the prerequisites as stated below.

Students have to carry out an individual project to finish the SEPAM programme. The subject for the project may be chosen in respect to, or independent from, their chosen technology domain and possible elective profile, although students are stimulated to find some connectivity in their choices.

Within this project, students must demonstrate their capacity for academic analysis, synthesis, design, reflection and written communication on a particular issue in the field of system engineering, policy analysis and management.

The student can start the Master's Thesis Project after at least two members of the thesis committee have approved the (draft) project proposal.

The student starts with an orientation phase that will lead to a detailed Master Thesis Project Proposal. After 4 weeks of orientation the student presents this Thesis Project Proposal to his/her members of the thesis committee during a �kick-off� meeting [kick-off meeting]. The Master Thesis Project Proposal should include the goal of the project, the main research/design question, a set of derived sub questions/goals that give meaning to the project, data to use/collect, methods planned to be used, the expected deliverable(s) and a detailed project planning. All stated research questions have to be addressed in the research report. Besides this, the student makes agreements with the thesis committee about the sub questions that the student plans to address in a (draft) scientific paper. After a successful kick-off meeting the student may start with the actual execution of the Thesis Project.

During the project the student will work towards the results of the thesis project and a compilation of project documents that the student will use to write (1) a thesis report and (2) an accompanying (draft) scientific paper. The student may organize one or more mid-term meetings to guide the progress of the project.

When the project is almost finished a green-light meeting is held (at least 4 weeks before the expected defense date). During this meeting the student can get a green light to organize his or her final thesis project defense. This means a formal approval from the administration for graduation office (100% of the courses completed) and approval with respect to the contents of the thesis report including the scientific article. The report should at least be sufficient to pass without any adjustment, but of course expected improvements on both thesis project results, thesis document and (draft) scientific paper, suggested by the thesis committee should be considered to be incorporated. The student includes the scientific paper as Annex A in the Master Thesis Report.

Next, the student finalizes the thesis project report and scientific article in respect to the agreements made during the green light meeting. During the [final defense meeting] the student gives a presentation to defend the final project results and defends his/her thesis project by answering questions from the members of the thesis committee. If all results, including the defense and presentation, are sufficient the diploma and final grade for the thesis project as a whole will be handed out. Students are required to make both thesis report and (draft) scientific paper available in both paper and digital copy.
Course Contents
More detailed and essential information about the Master's Thesis Project can be found in Blackboard and in the so-called Blue Guide "Elective courses and the graduation procedure" that contains all administrative procedures and requirements for the master thesis project. This manual can be downloaded from the TPM Website, on the Graduation pages.
Study Goals
The SEPAM Master thesis project has the following objectives:
1) the student has to plan and fulfill a Master Thesis Project on his/her own according to academic standards of research design, having a critical stance towards the research/design topic and is able to critically reflect upon the results;
2) the student passes through all phases of academic research and/or design
3) the student is able to report on the thesis project in a final thesis report including a scientific paper;
4) the student is able to present the research project orally and to defend it's contents;
3) the student shows that s/he complies with the attainment levels of the SEPAM programme.
Education Method
Students carry out the project individually. The thesis project can be conducted as a part of a research/design project being carried out at the faculty, or during an internship at an external partner organisation in either the public or private sector.
Course Relations
SPM5905 Master thesis preparation prepares the student for this final thesis project in developing a research plan and writing a scientific article. This module is prerequisite before starting the master thesis project.
Literature and Study Materials
The students are expected to consult their own information sources.
Practical Guide
The Graduation Page for the MSc programmes can be found at: http://www.tudelft.nl/live/pagina.jsp?id=523972a4-cfe7-4ba0-9f66-da62c9ac1c3e&lang=en
Starting conditions:

(1) BSc-degree

(2) All courses of the 1st and 2nd year (not including spm5910) are completed including SPM5905 and less than 10 ECTS credits remain

(3) Approval of examination committee is required to start spm5910 if the condition mentioned under (2)are not met.
The assessment of the SEPAM Master Thesis project is based on the following categories of criteria:

Final thesis content
Scientific paper
Execution and process
Presentation & Defence

The elaborate thesis assessment form with detailed assessment criteria can be downloaded from the TPM graduation pages.

The minimum grade is a 6 (six).
Enrolment / Application
The exam coordinators listed above are the graduation coordinators for the sections in which you can graduate. A full list with contact details and affiliations can be found on the TPM Graduation page.