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2016/2017 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
SEN1111
Introduction to Design in Complex Systems
ECTS: 2
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. M.P.M. Ruijgh-van der Ploeg    M.P.M.Ruijgh-vanderPloeg@tudelft.nl
Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr. P.W.G. Bots    P.W.G.Bots@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. C. van Daalen    C.vanDaalen@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. R.W. Kunneke    R.W.Kunneke@tudelft.nl
Dr. S.G. Lukosch    S.G.Lukosch@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. I.R. van de Poel    I.R.vandePoel@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
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. M.P.M. Ruijgh-van der Ploeg    M.P.M.Ruijgh-vanderPloeg@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr. P.W.G. Bots    P.W.G.Bots@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
40/0/0/0
Education Period
1
Start Education
1
Exam Period
1
Course Language
English
Required for
SEN 1121, 1131, 1141.
Expected prior knowledge
Must have been admitted to SEPAM programme.
Course Contents
This is an intensive, structured one-week programme that introduces the learning goals of the the Fundamentals Line in the context of the SEPAM MSc programme. In this week, students start with learning how to design in socio-technical systems. Each day, they attend lectures and work on group assignments that are related to a real-world design problem. In this way, students learn to use the basic vocabulary, concepts, analytical and design methods for the designing of technical structures, institutions and stakeholder processes. This body of knowledge will be elaborated upon in the subsequent courses of the Fundamentals Line.
This course requires full attendance during all scheduled hours. Students work in teams and under supervision.
Study Goals
After completion of the course, the student is able to:
a) Explain what socio-technical systems are and what designing in a socio-technical system entails;
b) Use concepts such as structure, process, context and driver in relation to systems design and the system life cycle;
c) Apply basic techniques for conceptual design, especially identifying and formulating objectives, functions and requirements, generating alternatives and evaluating alternatives;
d) Explain what an institution is, what institutional design entails, and how the desiging of institutions differs from designing; technical structures;
e) Can contrast positivist and constructivist approaches to designing in a multi-actor system;
f) Can reflect on the complexity of the case that was used to practice designing.
Education Method
Hands-on learning during 5 consecutive days of project work. Students take part in a week-long programme of (guest) lectures, workshops, and project work in teams. Daily assignments are graded. The final product is a synthesis of these assignments and to bepresented on the 4th day. These products are reviewed by a professional expert and instructors.
Attendance is required every day between 8:45 AM and 5:30 PM. Attendance of the social functions is recommended.
Computer Use
Each team of students must have a lap top available.
Literature and Study Materials
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" date 2016
3) Course slides published on Blackboard

*Please take note of the correct edition. This book is also available in a digital version.
Assessment
A final grade is based for 75% on results of an individual, written examination on the module materials and for 25% on the results of team work. The grade for team work is based on the results of the daily assignments.
Exam Hours
2-hour exam, closed book and open questions
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" date 2016
3) Course slides published on Blackboard

*Please take note of the correct edition. This book is also available in a digital version.
Targetgroup
Obligatory, introductory course for SEPAM programme.