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2016/2017 Civil Engineering and Geosciences Master Transport, Infrastructure & Logistics
TIL Research and Design Methods
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. J.W.C. van Lint    J.W.C.vanLint@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr. J.A. Annema    J.A.Annema@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
0/4 or 8/0/0
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Different, to be announced
Course Language
Course Contents
This introductory course, TIL4030 Research & Design overviews the TIL field along the four specialisations in the MSc TIL program, discusses and practices research & design methodologies, and offers a small project in which students can bring the knowledge and skills into practice.
Study Goals
This introductory Msc TIL course, TIL4030 Research & Design, has four main learning objectives.

1. To train students in understanding and using systems design and engineering methods in TIL design problems. Students are able to:
(a) use and discuss concepts and terminology related to TIL engineering design;
(b) use and discuss methods and tools that facilitate transport, infrastructure and logistics systems design and engineering;
(c) choose the appropriate methods for addressing TIL engineering design challenges;
(d) formulate requirements for TIL systems that are unambiguous and SMART;
(e) apply methods and tools to enhance creativity in design processes;
(f) design and specify TIL systems engineering solutions through the use of requirements analysis, conceptual designs, and design architecting;
(g) define KPIs by which design alternatives can be compared in an effective manner;
(h) use the appropriate methods and tools to evaluate and choose among design concepts.

2. To train students in critical thinking and in using scientific methods for solving TIL research problems. Students are able to:
(a) identify and discuss the different research areas in TIL and how do they relate to one another
(b) explain concepts like abstraction and reduction and give examples within the TIL domain
(c) perform literature search and review a scientific paper.
(d) formulate research questions and choose appropriate (scientific) methods to answer these
(e) Identify and discuss fallacies (flaws in reasoning) in their own work and that of others

3. To familiarize students with a helicopter view of the TIL domain on the basis of the four TIL specialisations (Policy, Operations, Engineering & Logistics and Design).
Specifically, students are able to:
(a) discuss, explain and apply a number of generic reference models / tools (disciplinary "glasses", mindmapping, spatial/network hierarchy, TRAIL Layer model)
(b) discuss, explain and apply a selection of detailed methods (e.g. queuing, CBA, etc) usable throughout the curriculum.
(c) make an informed (i.e. based on content) choice between the four specialisation packages

4. To train students in solving complex TIL design and research problems in (multi-disciplinary) group work. These (soft) skills are not explicitly assessed / scored in the exam, but are used throughout Q1 in workshops (both design, research and TIL disciplines related). Students are able to
(a) Brainstorm content and scope of research and design problems in a team
(b) Organize project work in teams
(c) Use each others’ talents and expertise
Education Method
This course provides lectures, workshops and group work (a project)
A written exam and result of group work: a report/paper
Expected prior Knowledge
Academic Skills
We explicitly train some of the academic skills (see learning goals). What we expect of students is an academic attitude, both in individual work (exam) and in in group work:

(a) We expect all students to study and work regularly and seriously --- we also expect that students expect the same from each other. Should problems arise in groups only as a very last resort will we step in to take measures
(b) We expect students to engage in scientific debate, which is a very different thing than having a personal argument. Who’s right about say proposition A is not determined by popular vote nor by strength of voice but by the amount of EVIDENCE for proposition A.
(c) We will check all project reports for plagiary---this is a very serious offence that can cost you dearly.
Literature & Study Materials
Will all be made available on Blackboard
The exam (5EC) and project (2EC) are judged separately. ONLY if both >5.75 will we award a grade for TIL4030-16
Permitted Materials during Exam
We may possibly allow some material. This will be announced on Blackboard