Course code BūvZ6039

Credit points 5

Master Thesis I

Total Hours in Course200

Independent study hours200

Date of course confirmation10.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Structural Engineering

Course developer

author Būvkonstrukciju katedra

Jānis Kreilis

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The structure and execution of scientific work is discussed. The choice of experimental work methods and the preparation of a research plan and the choice and preparation of the research equipment (object) are part of the course.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge about planning research.
Skills to perform experimental and analytical investigations.
Competence to formulate research task and perform investigations.
The development of work methods and preparation of the resource base.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. The study of literature on the chosen topic of master’s thesis.
2. The hypothesis of scientific work and work methods.
3. The preparation of research plan for experimental (analytical) investigations.
4. The choice and preparation of research equipment (object).
5. Summary of results.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Passed a test on the study of literature, methodology and preparation of research equipment (object).

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The summary of literature on the topic of thesis.
The description of methodology.
The preparation of research equipment (object).

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The quality of the summary of literature on the topic of thesis, the description of work methods and the preparation of research equipment (object).

Compulsory reading

1. Harris, H G/ Structural modelling and experimental techniques/ H G Harris, G M Sabnis.- 2nd ed. London, New York,... CRC Press, 1999.- 789 pp.
2. Fu, Feng: Advanced modelling techniques in structural design.- City University London. Chichester, United Kingdom; Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, 2015, 258 p.
3. Kottegoda, N. T., Rosso R. Applied statistics for civil and environmental engineers. Oxford; Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2008. 718 p.

Further reading

1. Floyd, Anthony C. Green building: a professional's guide to concepts, codes and innovation : includes IgCC provisions/ Anthony C. Floyd, Allan Bilka.- Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2012., 271 lpp.
2. Civil engineering heritage in Europe: 18th-21st century / [editorial board: Gorazd Humar, editor-in-chief... [et al.]]; European Council of Civil Engineers. - Nova Gorica : Grafika Soča, 2009. - 375 p.
3. Stepinski, Tadeusz. Advanced structural damage detection: from theory to engineering applications/ Tadeusz Stepinski, Tadeusz Uhl and Wieslaw Staszewski. - Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley, [2013], 328 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Bauen mit Holz. ISSN: 0005-6545
2. The Structural Engineer. London: The institution of structural engineers. ISSN 1466-5123


Professional Master's study programme “Civil Engineering”