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II2209 ICT System Design 30.0 credits

The objective of the course is to offer students an opportunity to learn about advanced emerging technologies and the associated market and business development by working in teams together with other students from different programs and a few from different universities, an interdisciplinary teaching team and representatives from industry in projects where specialist knowledge from different disciplines is blended. Essential is to acquire the skills to use information technologies in innovative ways, such as wired and wireless local area networks, mobile phone networks. Satellite networks, data, and voice, and video services, security and management, etc. Examples of earlier projects include:

  • Design, implementation and deployment of internet exchanges in developing countries funded by Sida.
  • Design and implementation of internet support for Ericsson Response´ emergency GSM-container deployed in disaster areas.
  • Business case for Integrated services in housing networks for Svenska Bostäder

The course is for anyone who likes to work in a context where the rule is: teach others and learn from others, fellow participants in the course as well as those that have done similar work previously in similar or other contexts.

This course is not for those who like stability, predictability and pre-scheduled courses where the teachers have all the right answers.

The course implements problem based learning driven by projects. By solving "real-world" problems in project teams, the students will learn advanced technology issues and at the same time become aware of many other aspects than technical which are relevant to problem solving, design, teamwork, project management and to taking technology to the market.

Besides the problem based, project driven approach, the course includes a set of methods facilitating learning, including peer learning, to learn from other team members, vicarious learning, to exploit experiences from earlier offerings of the course and bench learning, to learn from the best existing solutions to similar problems and the problem solvers behind them.

The course is conducted in the English language.

Some of the projects involve visiting locations abroad.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus II2209 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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Intended learning outcomes

Learning Objectives

The overall objective of the course is to enable the student to:

Acquire the skills to design, build and operate communication applications, services and networks in innovative ways
– wired and wireless
– triple play
– data, voice, video
– Internet and mobile phone networks            

Learn how to lead, manage, communicate and how to become an entrepreneur

Become a global citizen At the end of this course the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate their ability to solve a "real-world" problem 
Identify and select a relevant problem 
Define the project scope 
Evaluate possible solutions 
Implement a working prototype
Present a "successful" business plan  

2. Demonstrate independent learning skills
Integrate learning from different sources into the proposed solution (e.g., past learning, course materials provided in the course, contact with teachers, external material, external contacts)
Show self-assessment skills
Handle the infinite/open-ended ("real-world") character of the project  

3. Demonstrate effective project management
Devise a realistic and structured project plan
Carry out the project according to the plan
Motivate and document deviations from the plan
Meet deadlines
Reinforce team credibility by being on time, within budget, and taking special care to insure quality in the details. These include correctgrammar, spelling, and numbers, complete footnotes showing your sources, a thorough, consistent bibliography, and the aesthetics of the paper. 

4. Show communication skills when working with the project
Manage scope and stakeholder expectations effectively as the project evolved 
Communicate with stakeholders effectively by voice mail/e-mail 
Make wise use of stakeholder time and project budget 
Respect the stakeholders points of view 
Take criticism non-defensively
Revise the deliverable when stakeholders have a better idea; 
Give credit to stakeholders and other peoples input where appropriate 

5. Show communication skills when presenting the solution
Include relevant content
Apply proper structure 
Use correct and appropriate language 
Devise a realistic and structured project plan  
Make presentations interesting and enjoyable to others  

6. Work as a successful team
Communicate effectively within group 
Contribute to the group work
Contribute to the learning experience of the whole group 
Handle conflicts effectively 
Interact with other project groups
Be aware of their competence and act out of it with authority 

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

B-level courses in all and C-level courses in at least one of the areas
Computer Systems (computer architecture and operating systems)
Data communication, Computer Networks and Internetworking
Programming, software engineering

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

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Literature

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination

  • ANN1 - Contract and Project Plan, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO1 - Midterm Report, 7.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO2 - Project Report, 12.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO3 - Project Presentations, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Video, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

The examination of this course is based on the quality of project specific deliverables and individual contributions.
The deliverables from each project team include a contract, a project web site at which all deliverables are posted, a project plan, lessons learned papers, a midterm presentation, a final report, an oral presentation of the results at a concluding workshop, a demonstration at a public exhibition associated with the workshop, a press release announcing the demonstration and a 3 minute video about the project. Extra bonus will be given if the results are accepted by a peer reviewed workshop, conference or publication.
The students will be graded based on two dimensions:
The quality of the project related deliverables described above
Individual contribution to the learning in the course, i.e., active participation during seminars and other course activities, and the level of participation in the projects
All deliverables have to be posted on the team web site, before or at the date of the deadline. Not keeping the deadlines is considered as serious in this course! If the deliverables for any reason would be posted late, the grade will be affected.
The grading process will involve the teachers, the teaching assistants and the principals (for the project deliverables) as well as input from team members.
Only material on the project website will be considered in the grading of the project deliverables. More information about the examination and grading is available at the course web site.
Contract and Project plan (MOM1; 2p)
Midterm presentation (MOM2; 5p)
Video (MOM2; 2p)
Project report (MOM3; 8p)
Presentation, press release and exhibition (MOM4; 3p)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ICT/Communications Systems

Main field of study

Information Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Pehrson, Björn