YMS-60312 Metropolitan Solutions


Studiepunten 12.00

Field practical76
Group work20
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. KBM Peters
M. Pijpers-van Esch (TUD)
dr. ir. MME (Marjolein) Pijpers-van Esch (TUD)
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. KBM Peters
JR Student
dr. ir. MME (Marjolein) Pijpers-van Esch (TUD)
Examiner(s)dr. ir. KBM Peters

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Continuation courses:

MSc thesis or Internship.


Please note that this course is offered at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions in Amsterdam. Students who are not studying the master MMD but who would like to participate in this course should contact the course coordinator prior to registration.

In this course, students put their acquired skills into practice for the first time. In multidisciplinary themes they work on an AMS themed issue in a metropolitan region commissioned by a client from the private or public sector. Based on the briefing and terms of reference (TOR) received from the client, students develop a consultancy or project plan, including a preliminary problem definition and analysis and a plan for data generation and analysis. This leads to the 'Metropolitan Solution', a socio-technical design-related project and/or strategy in response to a clients request. The course builds on the courses Metropolitan Challenges and Metropolitan Innovators: The solution operates within the larger metropolitan system, while interrelating actors and entities. An applied training course (follow up of skills learning processes) in project management and leadership, scenario planning, innovation management, group dynamics and teamwork, multi-actor settings and intercultural communication is offered. In some cases, lectures will prove students with additional background information to tackle the issue at play in their case. Every student is expected to contribute his / her own knowledge and expertise to the group assignment and to reflect on this.
Assignment examples: How to direct tourist movements in cities? How to make a football stadium sustainable? How to harvest nutrients from household waste in a neighbourhood? Where to produce biofuel in the city? Which products support increasing the use of grey and green water? Where can spatial interventions stimulate physical exercise? How to monitor spatial segregation of the elderly? How to engage citizens in crowd control?

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply their academic knowledge and general academic skills and attitude to a MMD themed project commissioned by a client in the Amsterdam Metropolitan area;
- carry out a thorough problem analysis of the case presented, using and applying scientific theory and methods;
- use the analysis to develop and design a solution for the problem; illustrate and document this and reflect on the outcome;
- work as part of a intercultural and transdisciplinary team and value the contribution of different perspectives in designing solutions for complex metropolitan issues;
- develop a project management plan (including a data generation plan), execute it and adjust it if circumstances make it necessary;
- reflect on aspects that are of importance for successfully executing a project, like project management, decision making in a complex situation, team roles and team building and their own functioning and contribution to the execution of a project in terms of disciplinary knowledge, academic skills, group dynamics;
- communicate their findings orally or in writing to the client, in a manner that is consistent with the client's needs and level of knowledge and understanding.


- start with a presentation of possible cases by the clients / commissioner and let students apply for a case and a position. Students are then assigned to a case and can start with the project; a maximum of 4 a 5 students per team;
- prepare a proposal - assessment of the commissioner's terms of reference and present a pitch (5 minutes) to the other groups (peer review);
- guidance is provided by coaches on a weekly basis, helping with the process and methods as well as with the content. Additional guidance on the content is provided by experts with an on-demand 'hour budget';
- half way through the course, a mid-term problem oriented review is will be organised;
- the course ends with a presentation to the clients in a parallel or plenary session;
- depending on the commissioned assignments, in addition to a report and presentation students also produce a product that meets the of the commissioning client. This can vary from a design, map, infographic, video, database or dataset, to a model, or prototype.


Both the end products (assessed by the commissioner together with the supervisor/expert assigned to the team (50%) ) as well as the team and individual functioning of the team members will be assessed (group performance and individual performance (50%) ). One group also peer reviews one other group. Students produce a 1-2 A4 reflection paper The assessment done with the rubrics at the end of the course guide.


To be determined depending on the cases; generic materials on group processes and individual learning and personal development.

Verplicht voor: MMDMetropolitan Analysis, Design & Engineering (JD 2020)MSc6WD