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2017/2018 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
CoSEM Research Challenges
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Drs. J. Ubacht    J.Ubacht@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
M.R. Alfano    M.R.Alfano@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. G.P. van Wee    G.P.vanWee@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Drs. J. Ubacht    J.Ubacht@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. Z. Lukszo    Z.Lukszo@tudelft.nl
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Mandatory course for first year SEPAM students. International visiting students are welcome to join too, please contact the module manager to discuss the match between your interests and the course.
Expected prior knowledge
For this course, the student is expected to:
1. know how to find scientific articles, using e.g. Web of Science or Scopus (these are library information skills);
2. know how to store references, e.g. by making use of a reference database such as EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero;
3. know how to include a bibliography (in which a reference databases can support);
4. know how to include references to other people's work correctly (citations or paraphrasing);
5. know how to acknowledge other people's input; (see http://tulib.tudelft.nl);
6. be proficient in writing in academic English.
Course Contents
This module provides students with a profound overview of the state of the art in TPM research challenges related to socio-technical systems design in the three departments of the TPM Faculty: Multi Actor Systems (MAS), Engineering Systems & Services (ESS) and Values, Technology & Innovation (VTI). Apart from raising academic curiosity and teaching an academic attitude by exploring research challenges, the module also discusses scientific integrity issues. The module can also support students in selecting electives and their topic of the master thesis project in the second year of the SEPAM programme, in relation to the research themes at the faculty.
Study Goals
After taking this module the student:
1) has knowledge of the themes that represent the state of the art in SEPAM researh challenges related to socio-technical systems design;
2) is able to search and select academic sources and using a database for references;
3) is experienced in conducting a literature review;
4) is experienced in writing an academic article to present the literature review;
5) is knowledgeable in the diversity of research designs related to socio-technical systems design;
6) is able to present the outcomes of the literature review to an academic audience;
7) is able to evaluate research to determine whether and in what way it constitutes scientific misconduct;
8) can explain both the practical and intellectual harms that can result from scientific misconduct;
9) can distinguish between scientific and unscientific inquiry;
10) is able to evaluate the practical and epistemic effects of efforts to disseminate scientific research to the broader community
11) can identify and evaluate plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and responsibility for research
12)has developed a personal portfolio to present him/herself as a professional

Study Goals continuation
The study goals of this course will prepare the student to choose for his/her electives/specialisation in the second year of the programme. It will also prepare the student to choose a topic for the master thesis project related to socio-technical systems design, and linked to the resarch themes within the faculty. The learning outcomes of this course prepares the student to carry out an individual master thesis project.
Education Method
In the module the following types of educational methods are applied:
1) lectures on literature review and writing an academic article;
2) peer reviewing of concept versions of an academic article;
3) groups sessions with staff members on research themes;
4) interactive workshops on developing a professional portfolio;
5) interactive discussion workshops on scientific integrity;
6) teamwork in presenting academic results
7) writing an invididual academic article
8) conducting an individual literature review within the research theme of the groups sessions.

These educational methods address the following ways of learning within the networked learning process:
- by distribution;
- by interaction;
- by network-based cooperation and
- by learning by leading.
Computer Use
In some workshops the use of a laptop can be required. This will be announced upfront, via Blackboard.

Use of reference database, use of academic resources databases, possibly use of tools for advanced literature review.
Literature and Study Materials
Literature and study material are provided in the e-learning environment.
The student is proficient in reading and writing in English on an academic level. For upgrading English writing skills: see classes by the Centre for Languages and Academic Skills.
The assessment of the module consists of 4 parts:
1. writing an individual academic article in which a literature review on a self-chosen topic within the research theme is presented: 60%
2. writing an individual reflection on scientific integrity within the self-chosen topic: 20%
3. developing and presenting a team presentation on the research theme of the research sessions: 15%
4. developing a professional portfolio: 5%

All assignments need to be scored at least 5.75; the final mark needs to be minimal 6.
Enrolment / Application
In the first week of the course the students will be asked to prioritize their preference for the research theme group in which they will be working during the course.