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2007/2008 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Introduction to Designing Multi-actor Systems
Module Manager
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Prof.dr.ir. P.M. Herder    P.M.Herder@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. I. Bouwmans    I.Bouwmans@tudelft.nl
S. Cunningham    S.Cunningham@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. J.P.M. Groenewegen    J.P.M.Groenewegen@tudelft.nl
Prof.mr.dr. E.F. ten Heuvelhof    E.F.tenHeuvelhof@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. I. Nikolic    I.Nikolic@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
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This course is an intensive, one-week course, that requires students to fully engage in the entire programme. It acquaints the students with the MSc SEPAM learning objectives and it will make students sensitive for the kind of courses that will be offered in MSc SEPAM. The main topics are the introduction to design and the concept of ‘complex multi-actor systems’ that requires a systems as well as an actor perspective in order to understand and change those systems.
Study Goals
After participating in this course, the student is able to:
- analyse and discuss the main characteristics of complex, multi-actor systems
- discuss and appraise a basic design process
- use some distinct design approaches
- formulate requirements for complex design problems and for design processes
- evaluate tensions and conflicts between requirements
- apply basic requirements engineering tools and techniques
- assess and justify the relevance of both a systems perspective and an actor perspective on designing multi-actor systems
Education Method
Day 1: Introduction to designing multi-actor systems (lecture and workshops / immersion)
Day 2: Requirements engineering (lectures and workshops)
Day 3: Complex systems workshop
Day 4: Perspectives on designing multi-actor systems, multi-agent modeling (lecture and workshops)
Day 5: Guest speaker and symposium/panel by students on “immersion” design (illustrating the topics in MSc SEPAM)
This course will be assessed separately, but is an integral part of the Q2 course Designing MAS. Passing this course’s exam is required for entering the course on “Designing MAS”