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2017/2018 Universiteitsdienst MOOCs for Credits
Next Generation Infrastructures (MOOC)
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.mr.dr. E.F. ten Heuvelhof    E.F.tenHeuvelhof@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. M.P.C. Weijnen    M.P.C.Weijnen@tudelft.nl
Course Coordinator
Name E-mail
Ir. J.B.J. Groot Kormelink    J.B.J.GrootKormelink@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
NA (self-paced MOOC). Required study period: March mid -May 2018
Education Period
Different, to be announced
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Exam Period
Different, to be announced
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
Analytical skills, basic knowledge of infrastructures (energy, transport, telecoms ) and basic knowledge of complex systems will be helpful. This course targets student who are in the last phase of or have completed a bachelor in engineering, public management or business administration.
Course Contents
Module 1
Characterization of infrastructures as social-technical systems and its implications for addressing infrastructure development challenges.
The main concepts and jargon that will be used during this course.
The major driving forces with respect to the development of infrastructures.

Module 2
The increasing complexity of infrastructure systems, caused by interactions and interconnection of infrastructure systems across national borders and across infrastructure sectors.

Module 3
The key elements of complexity theory (like uncertainty, emergence and path dependency) and what they mean for understanding complex systems behavior.
The implications for governance and decision making in the context of complex systems.

Module 4
Translating public values into regulation: what are the pitfalls? The main conditions for effective regulation of infrastructures and what might go wrong.
A selection of practical tools to enhance your managerial and decision making skills when dealing with complex problems.

Module 5.
The importance of modelling and different modelling techniques (agent based modelling, system dynamics, discrete modelling, serious games)

Module 6
The principles of ICT-architecture and smart grids explained and synthesized in: IT-architecture and smart grids (SGAM: the Smart Grids Architecture Model).

Module 7
Urbanization as a major driver of infrastructure development.

Module 8
Problem demarcation and actor analysis.
Study Goals
After this course you will:
Understand why infrastructures are becoming more and more complex from different perspectives (historical, globalization, deregulation, privatization, innovation).
Understand why the traditional technology, policy and management interventions can be counterproductive.
Understand the main driving forces behind these developments.
Understand the implications for the design and governance of tomorrows infra-systems.
Be acquainted with tools and instruments to analyse infrastructure management and policy challenges.
Recognise infrastructures as complex socio-technical systems and know the implications.
Have new management and decision-making skills which you can apply in many different situations.
Be familiar with key issues for designing and managing infrastructures.
Education Method
Self-paced MOOC, required study period March mid-May 2018. We expect active participation in the MOOC (i.e. forum).
Note: 1 ECTS equals 28 hours
Literature and Study Materials
All study material is available through the EdX site.
Video-presentation + 10-15 minute (Skype)interview.
Requirements for the presentation will be detailed on edX. Deadline for submission is May 15, 2018. Interviews will be planned after submission of your video-presentation
Enrolment / Application
This course is open for a limited number of students from TU Delft and partner universities who are participating in the Credits for MOOCs project.
TU Delft students: For more information and the application procedure see: http://www.tudelft.nl/creditsformoocs
Other interested students: Please contact your home university for more information. TU Delft will not accept applications from individual students.
Special Information
To enrich the portfolio of students the TU Delft and other leading universities started the Credits for MOOCs project. Students should be able to benefit from the available MOOCs offered by experts in the field by incorporating these MOOCs in their study programme.
TU Delft now offers ten MOOCs in this project.