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2017/2018 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Integrated Design of I&C Architectures
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Drs. J. Ubacht    J.Ubacht@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. G.A. de Reuver    G.A.deReuver@tudelft.nl
Dr. I. Susha    I.Susha@tudelft.nl
Dr. A.M.G. Zuiderwijk-van Eijk    A.M.G.Zuiderwijk-vanEijk@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Drs. J. Ubacht    J.Ubacht@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. G.A. de Reuver    G.A.deReuver@tudelft.nl
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Mandatory course for first year CoSEM students in the I&C track. Students from other master programmes and international visiting students are welcome to join too, please contact the module manager to discuss the match between your interests and the course.
Course Contents
Digital platforms offer innovative ways to organize business and social processes. The rise of digital platforms is transforming entire industries (such as AirBnB in the hospitality industry and Uber in the persons transport industry), challenging business models (such as PayPal and FinTech start-ups are competing with traditional banks in the financial sector) and they influence social processes in the sharing economy domain (e.g. Peerby via which users share their personal goods). These transformations raise issues such as discussions on the relationship between institutions (e.g. public values), the technological architecture and the structure of markets. In this module we explore the design variables of digital platforms from a designer perspective: if you were to develop a new digital platform, which are the aspects/elements that you need to decide upon for this type of highly dynamic socio-technical complex systems throughout their life cycle.

A tentative list of aspects that we explore are the technical architecture of the platform, the ecosystem and business models, the user motivations for using the platform and the public values that are being raised. The bottom line is: how to develop an integrated platform design that takes these aspects into account?
Study Goals
After taking this module the student:
1) has knowledge of the technical design principles to develop a digital platform/architecture;
2) is able to critically asses the academic literature in the field of platform design;
3) is able to analyse digital platforms and their influence in the context of their application domain in depth
4) can explain the differences in platform design for application domains;
5) is knowledgeable in the research domain of digital platforms;
6) can conduct a case study analysis in the domain of digital platforms;
7) is able to reflect on the institutional aspects of digital platforms (such as the discourse on public values);
8) is able to identify and evaluate the mechanisms that are used in platform design
Education Method
In the module the following types of educational methods are applied:
1) (guest) lectures;
2) interactive workshops;
3) writing an individual essay on a self-chosen topic related to digital platforms;
4) conducting a case study to analyse a digital platform in-depth (depending on the number of participants this will be done individually or in small groups).

These educational methods address the following ways of learning within the networked learning process:
- by distribution;
- by interaction;
- by learning by leading.
Computer Use
For some workshops you need to take a laptop to class.
Literature and Study Materials
Literature and study material will be provided via the e-learning environment. Students will also search for and use self-selected literature.
The assessment of the module consists of 2 parts:
1. writing and presenting an in-depth case analysis (report) within a small team: 50%; of which 40% is reserved for the presentation and 60% for the report;
2. writing an individual final essay on a self-selected topic related to the course content: 50%.

Both partial marks need to be scored at least 5.75. Consequently, the final mark needs to be minimal 5.75.