EVA: Complementary Modules 2021-22

Opened: Saturday, 2 December 2017, 11:20 AM

Complementary modules organized by all institutions participating in the MSE.

Please note:

  • The number of inscriptions is typically restricted
  • Please consider the status field: only modules with "registration open" status can be booked
  • Module inscriptions have to be made via your advisor to the contact person as specified in the offering
Lecturers who want to offer and edit EVA:
  1. Login to Moodle (Link)
  2. Return to this page (Link)
  3. Now you should see your entries (which may not be released and publicly accessible yet)
  4. By pressing the edit symbol (gear wheel) at the very bottom, an entry can be edited
  5. For creating new module descriptions or in case of problems: please e-mail to Michael Röthlin (michael.roethlin@bfh.ch)
  6. The respective UAS are responsible for providing Moodle courses for the EVA listed here; such courses will not be provided on the MSE Moodle installation!
Thank you very much for your cooperation!
Title: System Dynamics Simulation of Socio-Technological Transitions
Short Code: EVA_SimTec
ECTS Credits: 3
Organizer Details: ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering Institute of Sustainable Development (INE), Winterthur, Switzerland

Oral assignment (group presentation of models and simulation results) / evaluation sheet (40%)

Written assignment (group work report) / evaluation sheet (60%)

Decision Date: 19 February 2021 
Start Date: 26 February 2021 
End Date: 4 June 2021 
Date Details:

The Dates will be specified later! 

Workshop 1: date KW8, 09.00-17.30 hrs (Kick-off)

Workshop 2: date KW9, 09.00-17.30 hrs

Workshop 3: date KW14/15, 09.00-17.30 hrs

Workshop 4: date KW22, 09.00-17.30 hrs (Presentation Day)


Four full-day workshops (teaching, in-class activities and group work progress meetings; total 30 hours) separated by independent self-study immersion and small group work periods (total 60 hours).

In-class attendance is required and compulsory.


Teaching is generally in English.

Student presentations and group work reports may be given/submitted in English or German.

Description (max. 300 characters):

Technological (eco-) innovations are crucial for entrepreneurs to stay competitive and to satisfy societal needs in a sustainable manner, if they were used widely. Successful marketing of (eco-) technologies requires clear understanding of the impact of organizational and economic decision contexts. This EVA introduces and applies system dynamics modelling as a helpful tool for the analysis of the complex socio-economic interactions influencing the market success of (eco-) technologies supporting socio-technical transitions to sustainability.

It includes designing and simulation of socio-technical system architectures, strategy and policy evaluation as well as sensitivity analyses. Graphical user interfaces (GUI) are introduced (or built) for scenario and strategy evaluation.

Contents and Learning Objectives:


In this Module, the students will

  • gain competences in understanding the conceptual approach to system dynamics modelling of socio-technical system architectures
  • develop and apply strategy, scenario experiments or sensitivity analysis for future oriented system analysis
  • acquire insights into the barriers and drivers of technological (eco-) innovations and socio-technical transitions
  • apply successfully tools and software (e.g. Vensim, Forio epicenter, Visual Basics for Applications)


Workshop 1: Introduction into concepts of socio-technical transitions and System Dynamics Modelling based on successful small models and applications in case studies and flight simulators.

Workshop 2: Developing own simulation models or adjusting existing model structures (respecting the system dynamics modelling competence level of the students).

Workshop 3: Designing strategy, scenario experiments and sensitivity analysis, developing GUI.

Workshop 4: Presentation of small group works, debriefing.

Admission: Bachelor of Science (or equivalent), English language skills.

Ulli-Beer, S. (ed., 2013). Dynamic Governance of Energy Technology Change: Socio-technical transitions towards sustainability. Series: Sustainability and Innovation. Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, 252p.

Kubli, Merla; Ulli-Beer, Silvia (2016). Decentralisation dynamics in energy systems: A generic simulation of network effects. Energy Research & Social Science, 13: 71-83.

Sterman, J. Business Dynamics (2000), Irwin McGrew-Hill.

Further literature and websites will be provided during the Module.


All Workshops are conducted at Technopark Winterthur. Weblink:

https://www.zhaw.ch/storage/shared/hochschule/lageplaene/lageplan-winterthur-lagerplatz-stadt-mitte.pdf (building LT or LN).

The venue can easily be reached by public transport
(10 min on foot from Winterthur railway station).


Dr. Silvia Ulli-Beer, ullb@zhaw.ch

Vicente Carabias, cahu@zhaw.ch

Contact Person E-Mail: ullb@zhaw.ch
Status: registration open
Specialization: Business Engineering and Production (BEP)

Energy and Environment (EE)

Industrial Technologies (InT)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Civil Engineering & Building Technology (CEBT)

Geomatics (GEO)

Spatial Development & Landscape Architecture (SDLA)


[Responsible for this text: Carabias-Hütter Vicente]