Course code VadZ4036

Credit points 2

Project Management

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation25.09.2018

Responsible UnitInstitute of Business and Management Science

Course developer

author Uzņēmējdarbības un vadībzinātnes institūts

Ināra Jurgena

Dr. oec.

Prior knowledge

PārZ1011, Fundamentals of Food Science I

PārZ1012, Fundamentals of Food Science II

PārZ3083, Development of innovative products I

PārZ3084, Development of innovative products II

PārZ3085, Development of innovative products III

Replaced course

VadZ3032 [GVAD3032] Project Management

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to provide understanding and knowledge of project development and management, project planning, implementation and financing. The acquired skills are used in practice, developing project plans, their monitoring and management structure, using project management methods, using computer tools.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students will be able to demonstrate:
− knowledge of the nature and concepts of project development - discussions in classes, a test,
- how to plan project activities in enterprises and organisations - discussions in classes, practical assignments,
- how to employ various project management methods in enterprises and organisations - practical assignments;
- independently define project ideas and substantiate the urgency of a problem - practical assignments, group work,
- develop a project plan, employing project management methods - group work, independent assignments;
- responsibly plan the completion of the assignments given - group work, independent assignments,
- engage in teamwork, express and argue their opinions - group work,
- present a plan developed - presentation;
- independently identify, define and analyse problems - practical assignments, group work,
- initiate a solution to the problem by employing project management methods - practical assignments, group work,

- use the application MS Project in designing and implementing a project plan - practical assignments, a test.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Project management terminology and basic concepts (lecture - 1 hour)
2. Project as an object of management. (lecture - 1 hour)
3. Project classification (lecture - 1 hour)
4. The project and an organization implementing it.(lecture - 1 hour, practical - 0.5 hours)
5. Project team (lecture - 1 hour, practical - 0.5 hours)
6. Project task. (lecture - 1 hour, practical - 1 hour)
7. Project planning. Planning methodology (waterfall, Agile ect.) (lecture - 3 hours, practical - 3 hours)
8. Deadline planning (lecture - 1 hour, practical - 1 hour)
9. Project economic feasibility (lecture - 1 hour, practical - 1 hour)
10. Project supervision and regulation (lecture - 1 hour)
11. Closing of the project (lecture - 1 hour)
12. Use of information technologies in project management. (lecture - 2 hours, practical work - 8 hours)
Test: Assignments to be completed in MS project. (1 hour)

Presentation of project results. (1 hour)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Cumulative score consists of:
identify and analyse a problem, find a solution to the problem, develop a project (individual or collective up to 3 students) and create a project plan in MS Project; test.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent assignment has to be defined during practical.
Independent assignments (individual or collective up to 3 students) require students to: identify and analyse a problem, find a solution to the problem, develop a project and create a project plan in MS Project.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The final mark consists of the following pieces of assessment:
Test – a maximum score of 20;
Project developed – a maximum score of 20;
Use of computer tools in developing projects – a maximum score of 20;
Activity during classes – a maximum score of 20;
Presentation of a project developed – a maximum score of 20.

A score of 10 is equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale.

Compulsory reading

1. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, 2013, 589p., ISBN13: 9781935589679
2. Jurgena I. Projektu vadīšana. Mācību metodiskais materiāls. Jelgava, LLU, 2009, 33 lpp.
3. Jurgena I., Dukulis I. Apgūsim PROJECT! Microsoft Office Project 2003. Mācību līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLU, 2010, 51 lpp.
4. Kerzner H. Project management. A systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling. 10th ed. Wiley, John Wiley & Sons, inc. 2009. 1122p.
5. Wysocki R. K. Effective project management. Traditional, Agile, Extreme. 7 ed. Wiley, 770 p.
6. Projektu vadīšanas rokasgrāmata. Dienas bizness HUB:
7. Trevors L. Jangs Kā vadīt projektu. Zvaigzne ABC, 2009, 152 lpp.
8. Wysocki Robert K., Bentley C. Global Complex Project Management: An Integrated Adaptive Agile and PRINCE2 LEAN Framework for Achieving Success. Plantation, FL: J. Ross Publishing, 2016. 276 p.
9. Daley S. Project 2013 in Depth. U.S.: Que Corporation, 2013. 929 p.

10. Chatfield C., Johnson T. Step by step. Microsoft Project 2013. Microsoft Press, 2013, 576 p.

Further reading

1. Malachowsky S. Project Team Leadership and Communication. Rochester, NY: Lintwood Press, 2018. – 233 p.
2. Passenheim O. Project management. 1st ed. 2014, 126 p. e-book
3. Chapman R. J. The rules of project risk management. Implementation guidelines for major projects. Routledge, 2014. 265 p.
4. Forands I. Projekta menedžments. Rīga, 2006. 258 lpp.

5. Hanss D. Litke, Kunova I. Projektu vadība. Rīga: Denova, 2003, 125 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Project Management Journal,
2. Latvijas Nacionālā projektu vadīšanas asociācija (LNPVA),
3. Project Management Institute (PMI),

4. International Project Management Association (IPMA),


Restricted elective course (Part B) for the ESAF academic Bachelor programme Economics, specialisation Business Process Management.

Restricted elective course in academic bachelor’s study programm "Food quality and innovations".