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Year 2017/2018
Organization Technology, Policy and Management
Education Minors Systems Engineering and Policy Analysis

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Code TB-Mi-034-17
Description TB-Mi-034-17 Schakelminor SEPAM

Program Items

Contact for students
Z. Lukszo
Program Title
SEPAM Schakelminor
Administration by the Faculty of
Intended for
Students who want to start with the SEPAM Master programme or who are interested in the ("technische bestuurskunde") SEPAM basics, but who are not pursuing a SEPAM bachelor degree.
Student having a mono disciplinary bachelor can enter the EPA programme directly, whilst this minor is necessary to enter the SEPAM programme.
Gives access to
Systems Engineering, Policy Analyses and Management (SEPAM) master
Expected prior Knowledge
The minor is open for all students who are not pursuing a SEPAM bachelorís degree.
Applicants with a mono-disciplinary technical Bachelorís degree and the SEPAM minor are eligible for admission to the SEPAM master programme.
Prerequisites Minor
A technical bachelor related to one of the following domains
-Built environment & Spatial development (B&S)
-Energy and Industry (E&I)
-Transport and Logistics (T&L)
-Information & Communication (I&T)
In the SEPAM master students are expected to choose one of these four domains
Minor Exit Qualifications
To give students the ability to analyze large and complex problems in which social, political, organizational and technical elements must all be given consideration. Students will learn to structure and analyze ill-structured problem, use a variety of (incomplete and ill-structured) information sources to support decision-making, to evaluate existing systems and to critically reflect on methods
- Understand and being able to evaluate decision-making processes in networks and organizations
- Knowledge of organization and strategic theories
- Basic knowledge of SEPAM methods and techniques (problem solving, actor modeling and analyses, causal analysis, multi-criteria decision making, dealing with uncertainties)
- Knowledge of methods and techniques for data gathering and data analyses/modeling
Minor Coherence / Goal
The minor consist of three main elements containing a variety of topics.
1. Business, policy and management (decision-making in organizations, organization and strategic theories, project management, institutional economics)
2. SEPAM theories and background (problem solving, actor modeling and analyses, causal analysis, multi-criteria decision making, dealing with uncertainties
3. Social Research methods (methods and techniques for information gathering and analyses/modeling)
Minor Content 1
SEPAM graduates become designers and managers of large-scale, complex, multi-actor systems. These types of challenges are straightforward only in appearance. A seemingly perfect, carefully developed design for a railway, logistic system, power plant, information system or irrigation solution will be impacted and compromised by a plethora of issues: feasibility, competitive creative solutions, unexpected simulation outcomes and comparisons with alternatives, resistance, political commitment, the actions of special interest groups and so on. This minor provides the foundation by assigning equal weight to technical and social factors in the design process, and by conceptualizing multi-actor systems.
Education Methods
Lectures, assignments, game and practical work
Minor Assessment
Various forms, exams, assignments and presentations
Maximum number of participants
Minimum number of participants
Minor Remarks / Schedule
Courses are lectured both in Dutch and English. It is possible to distribute the courses over a period of one year


Course code Course Title Ects points
TB131A Calculus and Differential Equations
TB222A Governance and Law 2
TB231B System Dynamics
TB232A Research Methods and Data Analysis