System architecture diagram
The systems diagram shown below, shows the inputs, process and outputs for an education toy designed by a pupil.
1. The systems diagram is divided into three areas - input, process and output.
2. You should write about all the problems you are trying to solve in the INPUT area of the page. Look back to your design problem and write a summary under a simple diagram / picture that reflects all inputs. The example shows an unhappy child with a toy that does not occupy his time productively.
3. The writing under the input drawing should be precise and to the point. There is no need for incredible detail. Include a limited number of inputs, expressed as simple statements.
4. In the PROCESS area describe the type of electronics and / or mechanisms that you intend to use
in your project. Keep the descriptions of circuits and mechanisms generalised. Explain how the circuits / mechanisms control the way your product will work. The person using your product may also be part of the PROCESS. In the example, a child fits the pieces of a jigsaw together. Include a simple drawing above the writing.
5. Explain in the OUTPUT area what you think will be the overall outcomes of your product. The example opposite explains that the outcomes of a design for an educational toy will be:
The child is happy,
His time is occupied productively,
He is learning numbers and letters etc.
Include a simple drawing, representing the OUTPUTS above the writing.
7. Always include a simple ‘systems diagram’ above the explanation. This type of diagram is seem often in examinations.