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Course module: 202200043
Circular Systems Engineering
Course infoSchedule
Course module202200043
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact M.C. van den Berg
Contactperson for the course M.C. van den Berg
Examiner M.C. van den Berg
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After successfully completing this course, you are able to:
  • Explain Systems Engineering principles by describing the methodology in your own words;
  • Explain Circularity principles by describing them in your own words;
  • Incorporate Circularity principles into the Systems Engineering methodology by describing this in your own words and demonstrating how this can be done in fictitious cases;
  • Design a circular civil engineering object using the Systems Engineering methodology and present the findings in a group design report and oral presentation.
The main focus of this course is to teach students how to design circular civil engineering objects with the use of Systems Engineering (SE). SE is a universal design method, which is prescribed by the main Dutch clients in the civil engineering industry (Rijkswaterstaat and ProRail). SE consists of a structured sequence of steps to make a design. These steps progress from initial ideas, via the analysis of requirements and functions, to the design of a fully functioning system that performs its intended goals. A Circular Economy (CE) refers to a regenerative economic system in which materials are reduced, reused and recycled. This course explores the application of circularity principles in SE design projects. It comprises a series of (guest) lectures, a workshop and a design project that will help students to learn designing a circular civil engineering object with SE. The topics are assessed by means of an individual exam (50%) and a group design project (50%).

Instructional modes & tests
Test Test weight Remarks
Individual examination 50% A minimum of 5.5 is required to pass.
Group design project 50% A minimum of 5.5 is required to pass. Maximum grade of a reexamination is 6.0.
Workshop Pass/Fail Must be sufficient to pass

Additional remark: If one or both grade(s) is/are still insufficient after reparation, then you need to redo the entire course next academic year. It is not allowed to keep any grade(s).

Entry Requirements
This course is an updated version of the course ‘Systems Engineering in Construction’ given in previous years. Students that successfully completed that course, cannot participate in this course.

Participating study
Master Civil Engineering and Management
Participating study
Master Construction Management and Engineering
Required materials
Handbook Systems Engineering in the construction industry’ by Robin de Graaf (available via Canvas)
Selected Systems Engineering and circularity publications (available via Canvas)
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Written examination & (group) assignment

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