Course code TraZ5019

Credit points 3

Project Engineering

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours72

Date of course confirmation20.09.2011

Responsible UnitMotor Vehicle Institute

Course developers

author prof.

Dainis Berjoza

Dr. sc. ing.

author prof.

Ilmārs Dukulis

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The purpose of the course is to obtain extended understanding on the usage of project management theory in solving of engineering problems. Practically master course students acquire the possibilities of defining, planning and development of project using the application software MS Project or similar.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge - knowledge and understanding of project management historical aspects in engineering sciences, detailed knowledge about engineering project development, management, and realization, and the structured knowledge of the use of project design and planning techniques, project implementation and financing.
Skills - skills to integrate engineering knowledge in the primary analysis and preliminary study of the project, to independently carry out sophisticated, cross-disciplinary, multi-level structured projects related to monitoring and management of engineering systems and control structures, specific skills of a project management software use, the ability to discuss about administration aspects of complex technical projects.
Competence - competence, working in a group or independently, to formulate and analyze potential problem solutions related to various engineering fields and degrees of complexity, to use the project development and planning methods.
• Knows engineering project management and planning methods, Test 1
• Ability to use engineering project management computer tools, Test 2
• Able to use engineering project planning methods - practical work

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Engineering problem, its initialization. Project opportunities to solve the problem. Objectives of the project Tasks.
2. SWOT analysis. Selection and analysis of alternatives to the engineering problem.
3. Using the Ishikawa chart.
4. Project life cycle, its diagram development.
5. Basic principles of the project Structural plan. Establishment of a Master plan.
6. Detailed elaboration of a detailed multi-level structural plan.
7. Progress tables, their compilation. Basic principles of process placement in the course plan, principles of link building.
8. Calculation of the running plan times, critical path method.
9. The most popular applications in project planning and management, their review.
10. Creation and organization of tasks. Computerized resource planning.
11. Work with deadlines, time limits, and calendars of events. Detailed resource planning.
12. Project views and information presentation. Preparation and printing of project information.
13. Comparison of project progress with project plan. Evaluation of project progress.
14. Problem identification and resolution in the project.
15. Analysis of resource use. Working with a network diagram.
16. Using project information in other programs.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Test with mark
All tests and practical’s must be developed, publicly demonstrated and defended.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation for tests and practical work. Preparation of project reports

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The grade of the test consists of the average mark of the tests and the project defended.
The student can obtain a successful assessment of the test if at least 50% of the test questions are answered correctly.

Compulsory reading

1. Jurgena I., Dukulis I. Apgūsim PROJECT! Microsoft Office Project 2003. Mācību līdzeklis. – Jelgava: LLU, 2010, 52 lpp.
2. Jones R. Projektu vadības pamati: praktisks ceļvedis projektu vadībā un izpildē. – Rīga: Lietišķās informācijas dienests, 2008. 223 lpp.
3. Cleland D. I. Project management: strategic design and implementation. – New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. 523 p.
4. Uzulāns J. Projektu vadīšana mūsdienu apstākļos: Microsoft Office Project. – Mārupe: Drukātava, 2007. 102 lpp.

Further reading

1. Forands I. Projekta menedžments. Rīga, 2006. 258 lpp.
2. Kerzner, Harold. Project Management: a Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling. USA, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 5th ed. 1995. P. 1152
3. Мазур И. И., Шапиро В. Д., Ольдерогге Н. Г. Управление проектами. Москва: Омега – Л, 2005. 664 с.