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2018/2019 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Design Project
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. M.P.M. Ruijgh-van der Ploeg    M.P.M.Ruijgh-vanderPloeg@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr. A.F. Correlje    A.F.Correlje@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr. R.W. Kunneke    R.W.Kunneke@tudelft.nl
Dr. S.G. Lukosch    S.G.Lukosch@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. B.M. Steenhuisen    B.M.Steenhuisen@tudelft.nl
Dr. H.G. van der Voort    H.G.vanderVoort@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. M.P.M. Ruijgh-van der Ploeg    M.P.M.Ruijgh-vanderPloeg@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. B.M. Steenhuisen    B.M.Steenhuisen@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
SEN1121, SEN1131 en SEN1141 (grades >5)
Course Contents
This course is a ten-week, capstone project; students work in teams of 5 persons. The project requires application and integration of knowledge and skills acquired in the Foundation line of courses: SEN111, 1121, 1131, 1141 and 1151.Teams work under supervision of staff members that teach these courses and consult with experts and stakeholders from the field.
Early in week 1, students indicate their preferences for the wicked problem situations that have been prepared for the course. Teams are created by the module-manager based on these preferences.
Starting in week 1, the design team analyzes the problem situation, frames the design problem, designs and communicates suitable interventions. The final products are an integrated, basic technical and institutional design, a design for a stakeholder process that supports the realization of the intervention, and other products needed to communicate these designs. The design project is closed off with a conference in which all teams present the outcomes of their work (obligatory).
Deliverables are: (1) results of analysis, communicated in a so-called 'design brief' (team effort); (2) products that communicate the designs, assembled in a 'design portfolio' (team effort); and (3) individual reflection paragraphs that show a student's understanding of the process of designing, insight in what design choices were made in the team and why, and acquired knowledge of good practices for designing in teams.
Study Goals
After completion of the course, the student is able to:
- contribute, as a member of a design team, to staging and performing all activities of the design process that are needed
- interpret a (problematic) situation in a socio-technical system, identify a complex design problem and frame it in terms of a much needed intervention
- identify three objects of design, (1,2) well-aligned technical and institutional structures that are needed to bring about the desired change in the socio-technical system and (3) process rules for the necessary, multi-stakeholder decision-making process
- deliver a program of (non) functional requirements and constraints, given the goal for the intervention process
- conceptualize and specify the intervention, identify alterables and create and select a preferred conceptual design for the three objects of design
- timely and clearly communicate the different steps and decisions that are being considered/have been taken during the design process
- deliver and communicate proofs of concept for basic designs with respect to multiple (disciplinary) perspectives
Education Method
Starting in week 1, sudents work in teams. Their process of problem analysis, framing, designing and communicating is supported with weekly workshops and 2-3 meetings with supervisors.
Course Relations
This is the capstone project in which students are asked to apply knowledge and skills from the 4 courses in the Foundations Line: SEN1111, SEN1121, SEN1131, SEN1141, and SEN1151.
Literature and Study Materials
1) C.L. Dym, P. Little, E.J. Orwin (2014). Engineering Design: A Project Based Introduction, 4th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.*
2) Hand-out from the SEN1111 course
3) A workbook, date 2018
4) Course slides published on Brightspace

*Please take note of the correct edition. This book is also available in a digital version.
The quality of the three deliverables are asessed by supervisors and module-manager. Assessment criteria are made available on Brightspace.