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2015/2016 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Introduction to Designing Multi-actor Systems
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. C. van Daalen    C.vanDaalen@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr. P.W.G. Bots    P.W.G.Bots@tudelft.nl
Prof.mr.dr. E.F. ten Heuvelhof    E.F.tenHeuvelhof@tudelft.nl
Dr. S.G. Lukosch    S.G.Lukosch@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. Z. Lukszo    Z.Lukszo@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. I.R. van de Poel    I.R.vandePoel@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. M.P.M. Ruijgh-van der Ploeg    M.P.M.Ruijgh-vanderPloeg@tudelft.nl
Dr.mr. N. Saanen    N.Saanen@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. B.M. Steenhuisen    B.M.Steenhuisen@tudelft.nl
Dr. H.G. van der Voort    H.G.vanderVoort@tudelft.nl
Dr. M.E. Warnier    M.E.Warnier@tudelft.nl
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Expected prior knowledge
Spm4111 is required for entering spm4142 Multi-actor Systems Design: an Integrated View.
Course Contents
This course is an intensive, one-week course, that requires students to fully engage in the entire programme. It acquaints the students with the MSc SEPAM learning objectives and it introduces the courses that will be offered in MSc SEPAM. The course focuses on designing in a socio-technical system.
Study Goals
After completion of the course, the student is able to:
a) Explain similarities and differences between systems analysis and systems engineering
b) Explain what socio-technical systems are and what designing in a socio-technical system entails
c) Explain concepts such as structure, process, context and driver in relation to systems design and the system life cycle
d) Explain what an institution is and what institutional design entails
e) Apply basic techniques for conceptual design, especially identifying and formulating objectives, functions and requirements, generating alternatives and evaluating alternatives
f) Explain similarities and differences between technical and institutional design
g) Explain differences between a positivist and constructivist approach to designing in a multi-actor system
Education Method
Every day is a full day programme of lectures, workshops, project work, etc. at which attendance is required between 8:45 AM and 5:30 PM.
SPM4111 will be assessed by an individual examination on the course materials on the Thursday immediately following the course week (75%). The project work done during the week accounts for 25% of the final score.
Module Material
1) C.L. Dym, P. Little, E.J. Orwin (2014). Engineering Design: A Project Based Introduction, 4th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.*
2) Course handout "Designing in socio-technical systems"
3) Course slides published on Blackboard

*Please take note of the correct edition. This book is also available in a digital version.