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2016/2017 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
SPM5910
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. C. van Daalen    C.vanDaalen@tudelft.nl
Dr. L.M. Kamp    L.M.Kamp@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. L. Stougie    L.Stougie@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
n.a.
Education Period
3
Start Education
3
Exam Period
none
Course Language
English
Summary
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
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 management of technology.
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 3 and before 5 weeks of orientation the student presents this Thesis Project Proposal to his/her graduation committee during a kick-off meeting. The Master Thesis Project Proposal should give information on 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, and a detailed project planning. After a successful kick-off meeting the student may start with the actual execution of the Thesis Project. During the kick-off meeting, the kick-off form has to be filled in, signed by the members of the graduation committee and handed in at the service desk.
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 a thesis report. The thesis committee or the student may organize a mid-term meeting to guide the progress of the project.
When the project is almost finished a green-light meeting is held [green light meeting]. 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 office for graduation(100% of the courses completed except for the graduation project) and approval by the graduation committee with respect to the contents of the work which will be based a high level draft version of the thesis report. The work should at least be sufficient to pass without any adjustment, but of course expected improvements on both thesis project results and the master thesis report as suggested by the thesis committee should be considered to be incorporated into the final version.
Students are required to make the thesis report available in digital format for the administration as well as the TU Delft repository (two weeks in advance of the defense).

During the final defense meeting the student gives a presentation of the master thesis project and defends the final project results. 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.
More detailed and essential information about the Master's Thesis Project can be found in the TPM Graduation Portal, where all administrative procedures, requirements and forms for the master thesis project are presented.
Study Goals
During the Master thesis project, the student needs to demonstrate a thorough command of the knowledge and skills learned during the study programme and to show s/he is able to apply them to the master thesis project. This entails knowledge, insight and skills on an academic level for:
1. independently setting up and carrying out a research project;
2. project planning and management;
3. cooperating and communicating with others;
4. documenting, reporting and making a presentation;
5. the specific graduation subject.

General Criteria for graduation are:
the work contains an analytical component
the work is multidisciplinary in nature
the work focuses on a technical domain or application

Additional 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 creatively designing and assessing the impact of technical solutions in organizations which contain 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 which 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:

A. the work has a clear design and/or engineering component(s);
B. the design has a clear technology component and technical issues are addressed;
C. both process management strategies and system engineering approaches are addressed;
D. complex design/engineering issues are dealt with in both systematic and creative way;
E. SEPAM methods, tools and techniques for creatively designing and assessing the impact of technical solutions in organisations are used;
F. 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
The SEPAM master thesis preparation course 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 (see prerequisites).
Literature and Study Materials
The students are expected to consult their own information sources.
Practical Guide
The TPM Graduation Portal provides all information on the master thesis project requirements, procedures, forms etc.
Prerequisites
Starting conditions for the master thesis project are formulated in the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER), Appendix 2. Implementation Regulations:

Article 2 - Master Thesis Project

1. A student can start the Master Thesis Project when all other study units of the curriculum have been completed.

2. If the requirement in subsection 1 has not been met, the student can be admitted to the graduation work only with the permission of the Board of Examiners. The student can only apply for this permission when the Master Thesis Preparation module has been completed and less than 10 ECTS of the curriculum remain. The Board of Examiners requires a positive advice from the academic counselor.

3. The formation of the studentís assessment committee is described in the Rules and Guidelines of the Board of Examiners, Article 27 (TPM website ->Student portal -> Rules and Guidelines TPM).
Assessment
The faculty of TPM uses a standard assessment matrix for the assessment of master thesis projects: the MSc Thesis Assessment Guide TPM. The core components of the assessment are:
A. Research Quality;
B. Research Skills;
C. Reporting Quality;
D. Quality of Oral Defense.

In addition, the Graduation Committee uses the Final Assessment Form to motivate the final grade.

Both the Assessment Guide and the Final Assessment form can be found on the TPM Graduation Portal: see the execution tab or the link to the forms on the left hand column of the portal.
Enrolment / Application
The exam coordinators listed above are the graduation coordinators for the sections in which you can graduate. They assist students in finding a master thesis project, getting approval of the list of electives, finding supervisors, etc. A full list with contact details and affiliations can be found on the TPM Graduation Portal.
Targetgroup
All 2nd year SEPAM students.