Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course is a vital first step to understanding the Axiomatic Design process that system engineers use do design spacecraft and space missions. You will grasp the fundamentals of project planning, interplay between spacecraft subsystems, developing a mission architecture, risk analysis, budgeting, and more. The projects you embark on in this course effectively mirror those you will encounter as a system's engineer in the industry.
The primary highlight of this course was the introduction to the Axiomatic Design Process. From identifying stakeholders to assessing risk and performing trade studies, the design process is comparable to the Scientific Method when designing a spacecraft and space mission. It's thorough usage throughout the course, especially during the 100-hour exam, forges students into capable and aware practitioners of systems engineering.
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Advice for students:
The most important thing to do for this course is to pick a group project that you are passionate in. Often, you will work under the direction of a representative from the space/defense industry, or a PI from a University of Michigan-centered research project. It is important to select a project in alignment with your research and engineering interests, as these can lead to internships and co-ops in the future. Also, make heavy use of the text 'Space Mission Analysis and Design' as it is essentially the bible for this course, and the bread and butter of any systems engineer. It covers the design process, risk analysis, trade studies, subsystems, and more.