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2007/2008 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
IA Design Project
Module Manager
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Prof.dr.ir. J. van den Berg    J.vandenBerg@tudelft.nl
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Expected prior knowledge
In the design project all the knowledge and capabilities developed in the previous courses in the curriculum is integrated and applied. It is expected that students in the project have taken part in all the courses scheduled before the project.
This course involves a design assignment in which students will apply the theory on system design methods, tools and principles and on designing infrastructure and service systems, taught in the prior design courses in a realistic case. Students will design a complexmulti-actor system related to information architecture taking into account in a balanced and integrated way technical and institutional aspects of the system design.
Course Contents
In this project, theory, methods and tools from the preceding design courses (such as spm4110, spm4120, spm4130, spm4140, 4150ia, spm4340ia, IN4148 (Systems modelling and formal specification) , IN4023 (Advanced Software Engineering) and IN4146 (Database Design and Data Warehousin) (databases)) are applied in a realistic case. Small design teams will make a valid and robust systems design or set of design alternatives with relevant decisive considerations for the problem owner(s). In the design and the design process both technical and institutional issues will have to be addressed. The deliverables of the project are a system design or a set of design alternatives expressed in models, the associated documentation and a report on the design process followed.
Study Goals
On completion of this course students will be able:

- to choose suitable system design methods and tools, taking into account the substantive and process
characteristics of the system and the multi-actor environment in a specific and realistic case in their
- to apply the chosen design methods and tools for this case;
- to design a system taking into account technical, institutional and decision-making aspects relevant for this case;

- to pinpoint and explain major and critical considerations in the design.
Education Method
The design teams will consist of about 4 students. Tentative time schedule:

- The project starts at the beginning of the semester with a kick-off meeting.
- First part of the assignment (problem analysis, functional requirements and design, choice of design methods and project plan, preliminary design(s)) must be handed in and presented.

- The design(s) are detailed and tested.
- At the end of the period, the groups will present their results to each other and to an expert jury.
- At the end of the period the design(s), documentation and report are handed in.

Each group receives a limited ‘coaching budget’ that can be used to consult experts listed on the case description
Literature and Study Materials
- A general student guide and case description will be handed out at the kick-off meeting.
- Additional material will be distributed via Blackboard.
For SEPAM-students: spm4110 Designing Multi-Actor Systems >=6.0

For CS-students: spm4150ia Designing Multi-actor Service Systems >=6.0
A jury including representatives of the SEPAM and CS faculty will assess and grade the project results.