System Design Project Home Page

14 January 2015

The System Design Project is a Semester 2 module and is a group project involving construction of an item of significant complexity under conditions designed to give insights into industrial teamwork.

It is a double-weight module (course) with design, construction and assessment through the semester, ending with a tournament.

The System Design team


The Project

Details for the course, the project, marking, etc. can found in the course guide. You'll receive email whenever this is updated. See also the lecture slides.


Here is the list of groups for this year


Communication Skills—resources


Please submit milestone reports using submit to the ITO by the appropriate deadline, as follows:

> submit sdp [n] [your filename]

Where [n] is the milestone number and [your filename] is the name of your report file. The report filename must be group-[g]-individual-report.{html,pdf} if it is your individual report or group-[g]-group-report.{html,pdf} if is is a group report. All reports must be in either (X)HTML or PDF.

Always keep an untouched (i.e. reliably dated) copy, preferably in a repository (git, mercurial, svn, cvs, . . .), of every report you submit.

For group reports, each group should designate a member to submit on their behalf, signalled as such in the filename. It is the whole group's resposibility to see that the report is submitted on time and per the requirements, not just the designated individual's.

A sample feedback given to one of the group reports by Dominik Glodzik: Feedback from Dominic Glodzik

Further Information

The SDP wiki ( is where you will find a wide range of useful and important links relating to the hardware and software aspects of the course.

In particular, the code developed last year and in 2011 and 2012, as well as some reports from those years, is linked from the wiki.

Official notifications about course activities from the course team will be sent by email, using the sdp-students mailing list. Questions can be raised on that list. You are welcome to use other means of communication among yourselves, but they will of course have no official standing.

Feedback on the course

Feedback is always welcome and Informatics provides a central online feedback form (or you can mail the course leader, your mentor, or the class rep.) Have your say!

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