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2007/2008 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Designing Multi-actor Systems from an Engineering Perspective
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. I. Bouwmans    I.Bouwmans@tudelft.nl
S. Cunningham    S.Cunningham@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. P.M. Herder    P.M.Herder@tudelft.nl
Dr. E. Pruyt    E.Pruyt@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
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Required for
highly recommended for SPM4141
Expected prior knowledge
SPM4111. Foundations and application of systems analysis and systems modeling.
Three parts held each week, related to skills, theory, and applications.
Course Contents
The course follows the steps in the design process, supported with appropriate skills, theories and cases for demonstrating the process.
Study Goals
The course provides a foundation in engineering systems and design. After completing this course participants should be able to:
Apply complex systems theory for multi-actor systems design
Utilize systems engineering theories and project lifecycle techniques in the design process
Formulate a set of functional requirements for an effective design
Apply appropriate techniques to specify the architecture of design products
Utilize evolutionary and revolutionary design techniques to specify divergent design alternatives
Apply techniques of decision-making under constraint to evaluate the design space
Analyze designs using optimization models and algorithms, taking into account the complexities of the multi-actor setting
Utilize multi-criteria and multi-objective techniques to create convergent designs
Apply the full set of theories and techniques to infrastructure and service design cases
Education Method
Computer laboratories, case studies, formal lectures.
Computer Use
Yes. Several tools will be used for training.
Literature and Study Materials
A final literature list will be made available through Blackboard.

Potential books to use:
- Sage and Armstrong (2000), An Introduction to Systems Engineering
- Ragsdale (2007), Managerial Decision Modeling
- Van de Kar and Verbraeck (2007), Design of Smart Mobile Service Systems

In addition, a reader will be available and/or a set of selected papers will be made available through Blackboard.

Background literature:
- Blanchard and Fabricky (1998), Systems Engineering and Analysis
- Eggert (2005), Engineering Design
- Buede (2000), The Engineering Design of Systems
Two part assessment involving a design case, and a computer examination.
Permitted Materials during Tests
Open book, all paper-based materials permitted
Module Material
Slide-packs, case materials, and required texts.
Extra Skills Trained
Excel Solver, LP programming, Engineering Graphics, ...