Course code VadZ5084

Credit points 4

Practical Project Management

Total Hours in Course160

Number of hours for lectures36

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours112

Date of course confirmation12.02.2019

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author lect.

Guntis Bērze

Mg. proj. mgmt.

Prior knowledge

Ekon5095, Project Financial Management

VadZ5078, Project Portfolio Management

VadZ5083, Methodology of Project Management

Course abstract

The main task of the course is to provide students of in- depth practical knowledge of project management theory of the main aspects of projects implementation phase. Strengthen theoretical knowledge base on the grounds of analytical tasks and discussions. To draw students' attention to the various project management process control methods, their application. Promote an innovative and creative approach to project management and the use of its methods and tools for analyzing realized projects and developing new project applications.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of the specifics of practical project management, stages, phases of the project life cycle and their most important management techniques and their interrelation. Knowledge and understanding of project implementation principles and criteria of project management methods, their analysis - independent work, practical work, (evaluation of methodology, development of project implementation examples). Exam
Able to see and apply the causes of project success and failure, combine and synthesize different project management methods. Able to identify and apply the required method or standard for effective project implementation, identify and analyze project success and failure causes, combine and synthesize various project management methods and tools to ensure effective achievement of project objectives, ability to develop professional communication and communication skills. - independent work, practical work (group work, independent choice of methods for the task), presentation.
Able to methodologically manage and analyze private and public sector projects in various sectors of the economy. Able to collaborate and develop independent conclusions and proposals on the project management process in the standards or methods studied - independent work, practical work (group work, presentations, discussions)

Requirements for awarding credit points

It consists of a cumulative assessment of progress during the semester:
- the independent work has been submitted and presented in due time;
- two hands-on workshops in seminars;
- an examination in due time;
All independent and practical work must be evaluated with at least 4 points.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

- Independent literature studies on topics (materials are available in the e-study environment), preparations for workshops;
- Development, presentation and defence of homeworks.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The 10-point exam consists of a cumulative grade (100% system) of performance during the semester:
- independent work - 20%;
- presentation - 15%;
- Practical group work - 25%.
- Exam - 40%
All works must be completed, submitted and presented in due time.

Compulsory reading

1. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge ( PMBOK® Guide). 5th Edition. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute, 2013. 589 p. ISBN 9781935589679. Nav LLU FB. Ir RTU.
2. Adkins L. Coaching Agile Teams. A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition Addison-Wesley Professional, 2010. 352 p., ISBN-10: 0321637704, ISBN-13: 978-0321. Nav liel. b-kās.
3. Kerzner H. R. Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling. 11th edition. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons 1264 p., ISBN-10: 1118022270, ISBN-13: 978-1118022276 Nav LLU FB. Ir 2006. g..
4. Turner R. Handbook of Project-Based Management. 4th edition. McGraw-Hill Professional, 400 p., ISBN-10: 0071821783, ISBN-13: 978-0071821780 Nav liel. b-kās
5. Maley C. H. Project Management Concepts, Methods, and Techniques, New York; Auerbach Publications, 482 p. , ISBN-10: 1466502886. Nav liel. b-kās
6. Бушуев С.Д., Бушуева Н.С., Управление проектами. Основы профессиональных знаний и система оценки компетенции проектных менеджеров Изд. 2-е. Киев : ІРІДІУМ, 2010. 208 с. Nav liel. b-kās

Further reading

1. Adkins L. Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition 1th edition Addison-Wesley Professional. 2010. 352 p., ISBN-10: 0321637704, ISBN-13: 978-0321. Nav liel. b-kās
2. Hermarij J., Bruce-Feijen T. The better practices of project management: based on IPMA competences based on IPMA competences. 3rd edition. Zaltbommel, The Netherlands: Van Haren Publishing, 2013. 660 p. ISBN 9789087537173 Nav LLU FB. Ir RISEBA
3. Kerzner H. R. Project Management Metrics, KPIs, and Dashboards: A Guide to Measuring and Monitoring Project Performance. 2nd edition. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013. 436 p.ISBN 978-1118524664. Nav LLU FB. Ir LNB

Periodicals and other sources

1. LR Finanšu ministrijas vietne. [Tiešsaiste] [ 24.02.2017]. Pieejams:
2. Project Management Institute. [Tiešsaiste] [ 24.02.2017]. Pieejams:
3. Starptautiskā projektu vadīšanas asociācija. [Tiešsaiste] [ 24.02.2017]. Pieejams: