Course code LauZ3069

Credit points 1

Fundamentals of Engineering Work I

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours24

Date of course confirmation16.03.2011

Responsible UnitMotor Vehicle Institute

Course developers

author Spēkratu institūts

Ruslans Šmigins

Dr. sc. ing.

author prof.

Ilmārs Dukulis

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The study course deals with the specifics of engineering work, the engineering problem solving strategies and methods, an efficient organization of engineering work, and the requirements of engineering work formatting and to use acquired knowledge in elaboration of engineering work related with speciality.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge - about the systemic approach to the engineering problem solving, research methods and techniques, theoretical and empirical studies, research result’s acquisition, processing and evaluating methods;
Skills - to choose the research topic, the research objectives and hypothesis of research, to search and process an information, to choose an appropriate research methodology and to realize it, to process the study report and to present it;

Competence - working in group or independently, to find the specialty-related problems and give their solutions, as well as to convince others and argue own viewpoint.

Course Content(Calendar)

Full time intramural studies:
1. Engineer and engineering work. Content of engineering work. (1 h lect.)
2. The difference between scientific work and engineering work. Research levels. Classification of scientific fields. (1 h lect.)
3. General strategy for solving engineering tasks. Types of engineering mind. (1 h lect.)
4. Organization of engineering research. Research methods and techniques. (1 h lect.)
5. Criteria for selection of research topic. (1 h pract.w.)
6. Systems and their analysis in engineering. System features, structure and types. (1 h lect.)
7. Systems and environment. System hierarchy. Links in systems. (1 h lect.)
8. Technical systems, their classification and features. (1 h pract.w.)
9. Engineering as a system. (1 h pract.w.)
10. Compilation of engineering algorithm. Development of engineering work as a system scheme. (1 h lect.)
11. Systematic approach to solving engineering tasks. Principles of system analysis. (1 h lect.)
12. Clarification of the task and formulation of the goal. (1 h pract.w.)
13. Sources of information. Searching for information. Annotated description of the literature. (1 h pract.w.)
14. Information processing. (1 h pract.w.)
15. Preparation of analytical review. (1 h pract.w.)
16. Hypothesis development and substantiation of work direction. Generating alternatives. (1 h pract.w.)
Part time extramural studies:

All topics specified for full time studies are accomplished, but the number of contact hours is one half of the number specified in the calendar

Requirements for awarding credit points

All practical works have been developed; four tests have been successfully completed. Each test is evaluated in a 10-point system. Tests can only be performed at the specified times.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Preparation for tests and practical works.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A student can obtain a successful grade for a test if at least 50% of the questions are answered correctly. The test mark is calculated as the arithmetic mean of the average marks of the tests.

Compulsory reading

1. Dukulis I. Lekcijas TF studentiem inženierdarba pamatos (2011) [tiešsaiste]. [skatīts 25.11.2011.] Pieejamas:
2. Garrison, Ervan G. A history of engineering and technology: artfull methods. – 2nd ed. – CRC Press ltd., 2004. – 348 p. (Pieejama pie kursa atbildīgā mācībspēka)

3. Holman J.P. Experimental methods for engineers: 6th edition. – McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2005. – 616 p. (Pieejama pie kursa atbildīgā mācībspēka)

Further reading

1. Arhipova I., Bāliņa S. Statistika ekonomikā. Risinājumi ar SPSS un Microsoft Excel: mācību līdzeklis. – Rīga: Datorzinību centrs, 2003. – 352 lpp.
2. Prezentēšana: mācību līdzeklis [kompaktdisks]. – Rīga: Biznesa augstskola Turība, 2004.


The study course is included in the compulsory part of the professional bachelor's study program "Applied Energy Engineering" in the 2th semester (full-time studies) and the 3th semester (part-time studies).