Checking date: 09/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Space Systems Engineering
Study: Master in Space Engineering (360)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Basic competences CB6 To possess and understand knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity to be original in the development and / or application of ideas, often in a research context CB7 Students must know how to apply the knowledge acquired and their ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of study CB8 Students must be able to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of making judgments based on information that, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments CB9 Students must know how to communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and ultimate reasons that sustain them to specialized and non-specialized audiences in a clear and unambiguous way CB10 Students must have the learning skills allowing them to continue studying in a way that will be largely self-directed or autonomous. General competences CG2Ability to make value judgments and prioritize in making conflicting decisions using systemic thinking. CG3Ability to analyze and correct the environmental and social impact of the technical solutions of any space system CG4 Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams in a cooperative way to complete work tasks CG5 Ability to handle the English, technical and colloquial language. CG6 Ability to know adequately the business context of the professional sector, as well as to know and understand the applicable legislation in the exercise of the profession Specific competences CE1 Ability to conceive space products that respond to the needs of the stakeholders, defining functions, concepts and architecture, as well as developing project management. CE2 Ability to plan and develop the design of space products in their different phases. CE3 Ability to develop a complete system that meets the design specifications and the expectations of the interested parties. This includes the production of products; acquire, reuse or code products; integrate products in top-level assemblies; verify products against design specifications; validate the products against the expectations of the interested parties; and the transition of products to the next level of the system. CE4 Ability to manage technical activities during the life cycle of the project.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Common topics: Subjects in this matter provide students with a solid understanding of systems engineering, requirements, verification and validation, as well as space project management. It allows presenting the breakdown of a spatial system into segments and subsystems, useful for understanding the rest of the subjects. It provides the tools that will be applied in the preliminary design and then in the design project. Specific topics of each subject: Space System Engineering. The program of the subject includes: 1 Project Phases and System Life Cycle 2 Concurrent Engineering 3 System Requirements 4 System Architectures 5 System Design 6 System Thinking and Evaluation of Systems 7 System Model Philosophy 8 Verification and Validation 9 Human Error and Its Amelioration 10 Organizational and Individual Decision Making 11 System Re-engineering
Learning activities and methodology
Theory sessions in master classes Problem sessions in reduced groups Personal and group work
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 25
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 75
Calendar of Continuous assessment

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.