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2007/2008 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
CoSEM Design Project
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Dr. J.F.M. Koppenjan    J.F.M.Koppenjan@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. J. van den Berg    J.vandenBerg@tudelft.nl
Dr. A.F. Correlje    A.F.Correlje@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. J.P.M. Groenewegen    J.P.M.Groenewegen@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. P.M. Herder    P.M.Herder@tudelft.nl
Ir. M. Jonker    Martijn.Jonker@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. R.W. Kunneke    R.W.Kunneke@tudelft.nl
Drs. M. Leijten    M.Leijten@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. W. Lemstra    W.Lemstra@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. M.P.M. Ruijgh-van der Ploeg    M.P.M.Ruijgh-vanderPloeg@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. J.A.A.M. Stoop    J.A.A.M.Stoop@tudelft.nl
Dr. W.W. Veeneman    W.W.Veeneman@tudelft.nl
Dr. H.G. van der Voort    H.G.vanderVoort@tudelft.nl
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Education Period
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Expected prior knowledge
Spm4110, spm4120, spm4130, spm4140, spm4340/4360/4351/4353
This course involves a design assignment in whicht 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 related to their domain. Students will design a complex multi-actor system related to their domain applying the specific SEPAM perspective on designing. This implies that they need to consider in a balanced way technical and institutional aspects of the system design and the decision-making or process aspect of the design and implementation process.
Course Contents
In this project, theory, methods and tools from the courses spm4110, spm4120, spm4130, and spm4140 are applied in a realistic case. Domain-specific design theory, methods or tools learned in spm4340/4351/4353/4360 will be used as well. 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 substantive and process-related 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, instututional and decision-making aspects relevant for this case.
Education Method
There will be one subject for each domain. The design teams will consist of 4 to 5 students from the same domain. Tentative time schedule:

- The project starts at the beginning of the semester with a kick-off meeting for each subject (to be
announced on Blackboard).
- At the end of the first half of the semester the first part of the assignment (problem analysis,
list of requirements, choice of design methods and project plan) is handed in and presented.
- In the second half of the semester the actual system design has to be made.
- At the end of the semester, the groups will present their designs to each other and to an expert jury.
- After that At the end of the semester the design(s), documentation and report are handed in.

Each group receives a limited ‘coaching budget’ that can be use to consult experts listed on the case description.
Literature and Study Materials
- A case description will be handed out at the kick-off meeting.
- Additional material will be distributed via Blackboard.
spm4110 Designing Multi-Actor Systems.
The final mark is based on written report, the designs and the presentations. A jury per subject including a representative of the domain section ICT/TIL/E&I/W, BK/O&M, EvI and SK, will assess and grade the project results. A condition for passing the project is that each supervisor finds the work sufficient (>=5,5) form his or her point of view.