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2012/2013 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.ir. B. Broekhans    B.Broekhans@tudelft.nl
Dr. A.F. Correlje    A.F.Correlje@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
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
All previous courses in the SEPAM programme and electives relevant to the chosen subject.
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 takes place at the end of the second year and covers a period of approximately half a year. Students have to carry out an individual project to round off the SEPAM program. The subject for the project may be chosen in respect to, or independent from, a specific area of technology and possible elective profile, though students are stimulated to find some connectivity in their choices.
Course Contents
More detailed and essential information about the Master's Thesis Project can be found in the TPM Graduation Portal, where all administrative procedures and requirements for the master thesis project are presented.
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
TPM Graduation Portal:

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(1 and 2)are not met.

The assessment of the SEPAM Master Thesis project will be based on the Master Thesis Project Proposal (issue paper and project plan), the compilation of documents that give answer to the stated research questions, the thesis report, the scientific article and the public presentation/defense of the thesis project at the end of the project.

The final grade for the SEPAM Master Thesis project is a qualification of the SEPAM Master Thesis Project as a whole. Though the results of the SEPAM Master Thesis Project will be determined on the quality of the work, the whole thesis process (SPM59095 and SPM5910) is a 6 month (840 hour) project effort can roughly divided in the following phases:

Preparation for the Master Thesis (SPM5905) covers app. 4 weeks (6 ECTS)

The Master Thesis itself (SPM5910) covers app. 21 weeks (30 ECTS), consisting of:

Executing the project and writing a compilation of documents showing the body of research/design, writing a (draft) thesis report (app. 15 weeks / 600 hours)

Finalizing the Master Thesis Report (app. 5 weeks / 200 hours)

Presentation and defense (app. 1 week / 40 hours )

The assessment will be based on the SEPAM Master Thesis project as a whole. Assessments standards will be used in respect to the following components of the assessment without using separate grading of the components:

Overall planning and communication skills: shown during the official meetings, during the project at all contact moments internal (DUT and (if applicable) the commissioning organization) and external, shown within the Master Thesis Project Proposal, and during the final presentation and defense;

The overall scientific attitude and results: shown during the project and various parts of the Master thesis report.

The Master Thesis Report as a whole, including the scientific article.

The final thesis assessment form is available on the TPM Graduation Portal/execution tab.
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 Portal/tab preparation (www.tbm.tudelft.nl/graduationpreparation)
All 2nd year SEPAM students.