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2014/2015 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. T.E. van der Lei    T.E.vanderLei@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.

General Criteria for graduation at SEPAM, EPA and MoT

the work contains an analytical component
the work is multidisciplinary in nature
the work focusess at a technical domain or application

Criteria for graduation at SEPAM
The aim of SEPAM graduates is to solve large-scale and complex problems related to both the public and private sector. SEPAM students employ methods, tools and techniques for cratively designing and assessing the impact of technical solutions in organizations which contan both effective management strategies and system engineering approaches to deal with both technological complexity and the management of stakeholders with widely diverging interests. SEPAM students have chosen a technological domain shich is clearly visible in their thesis. Thesis projects take both public and business values into account and look at both the physical system and the actors' network, confronting not only technical challenges, but management and ethical choices as well.
For SEPAM the following criteria would be considered to indicate a 'typical' SEPAM thesis:

the work has a clear design and/or engineering component(s)
the design has a clear technology component and technical issues are addressed
both process management strategies and system engineering approaches are adressed
complex design/engineering issues are dealt with in both systematic and creative way
SEPAM methods, tools and techniques for creatively designing and assessing the impact of technical solutions in organisations are used
the subject covers values originating from both the public and private domains
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 for 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. All courses of the 1st and 2nd year (not including spm5910) are completed including SPM5905 and less than 10 ECTS credits remain

2. Approval of examination committee is required to start spm5910 if the conditions mentioned under 1. 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 https://portal.tudelft.nl/sites/tbm/graduate
All 2nd year SEPAM students.