Course code BūvZ6041

Credit points 30

Master Thesis

Total Hours in Course810

Independent study hours810

Date of course confirmation10.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Civil Engineering and Wood Processing

Course developer


Jānis Kreilis

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The study of literature on relevant topics as well as structure and execution of scientific work is discussed. Description and analysis of experimental works, selection and argumentation of mathematical models referring to master’s thesis is discussed. The skills of summarisation and assessment of scientific results are acquired.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge about planing and conducting research and analysis of results.
Skills to perform experimental and analytical investigations and summarise results.
Competence to formulate research task, perform investigations, choose method of numerical analysis and evaluate the acquired results.
Presentation of thesis and defence in State Examination Commission

Course Content(Calendar)

1. The study of literature on the chosen topic of master’s thesis.
2. The hypothesis of scientific work.
3. The preparation of research plan for experimental (analytical) investigations.
4. The choice and preparation of research equipment (object).
5. Developing the structure of master’s thesis.
6. Performing experiments and provisory evaluation of results.
7. Performing experiments.
8. Graphical representation of experimental (analytical) results.
9. Statistical analysis of research results.
10. Development and approbation of mathematical model.
11. Formulating main conclusions and proposals.
12. Writing and executing master’s thesis.
13. Preparation of presentation materials.
14. Presentation of master’s thesis in department meeting. Finalisation of presentation materials.
15. Presentation of master’s thesis in State Examination Commission.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Master’s thesis completed, handed in written format in the department. Presented thesis and defended on State Examination Commission. Grading – mark.

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).
Performing experimental research.
Analysis and formulating conclusions of research.
Writing and executing master’s thesis.
Preparation for presentation of thesis.

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).
The quality of the contents and execution of master’s thesis.
The evaluation of thesis presentation and discussion.

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


Compulsory Course for the Professional Master's study programme “Civil Engineering”