Course code VadZ5085

Credit points 4.50

Project Management

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures18

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes18

Independent study hours84

Date of course confirmation19.02.2019

Responsible UnitInstitute of Business and Management Science

Course developer

author Uzņēmējdarbības un vadībzinātnes institūts

Ināra Jurgena

Dr. oec.

Prior knowledge

Ekon6040, Risk Management Process

VadZ5045, Planning and Controlling

Replaced course

VadZM009 [GVADM009] Project Management

Course abstract

Students build up an understanding and knowledge of and skills in developing and managing projects, focusing on project management principles and methods, including planning the life cycle of a project, project structuring and project organisation as well as applying computerised project management tools in planning, managing and controlling the project.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students will be able to demonstrate:
- 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 –an examination;
- 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, an examination.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Terminology and basic concepts of project management (lecture – 1 hour)
2. Project as an object of management (lecture – 1 hour)
3. Categories of projects (lecture – 1 hour)
4. Organization of the project (lecture – 1 hour)
5. Project and an organisation implementing it (lecture – 1 hour)
6. Project management team (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 0,5 hour)
7. Project charter (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 0,5 hour)
8. Project planning methodology (lecture – 3 hours, practical task – 4 hours)
9. Risks in project management (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 1 hour)
10. Project economic feasibility (lecture – 1 hour, practical task – 1 hour)
11. Project supervision and control (lecture – 1 hour)
12. Project closure (lecture – 1 hour)
13. Project portfolio as a strategic management tool for the company. Project Portfolio Structures (lecture - 1 hour)
14. Standards in project management. (lecture - 1 hour)
15. Use of information technology in project management (lecture – 2 hours, practical task – 8 hours)
Test. Assignments to be completed in MS Project (practical task – 1 hour)

16. Project presentation skills (practical task – 2 hours)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Accumulation test consists of:
identified, analyzed problem, initiated problem solving, created and presented project (individually or in group of up to 3 people), creating project plans in MS Project environment; 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 assignment consists of:
Test - 20 points;
Developed project - 20 points;
Use of computer tools in project development - 20 points;
Activity activities - 20 points;
Project presentation - 20 points.

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, 589pages, ISBN13: 9781935589679
2. Carstens D. S., Richardson G. L. Project management Tools and Techniques. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press John, 2020. – p. 446
3. Larson E.W., Clifford F.G. Project Management: the Managerial Process. Seventh edition. – NY: McGrow-Hill Education, 2017. – p. 659.
4. Levin G., Wyzalek J. (eds) Portfolio Management: A Strategic Approach. – Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press John, 2015. – p. 360. (e-grāmata)
5. Moustafaev J. Project Portfolio Management in Theory and Practice: Thirty Case Studies from around the World. – Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press John, 2017. – p. 315. (e-grāmata)
6. Trevors L. Jangs Kā vadīt projektu. Zvaigzne ABC, 2009, 152 lpp.
7. Uzulāns J. Risku vadība projektu kontekstā. Drukātava, 2010, 133 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 lpp.

9. Daley S. Project 2013 in Depth. U.S.: Que Corporation, 2013, 929 lpp.

Further reading

1. Malachowsky S. Project Team Leadership and Communication. Rochester, NY: Lintwood Press, 2018. – p.233
2. Projektu vadīšanas rokasgrāmata. Dienas bizness HUB:
3. Forands I. Projekta menedžments. Rīga, 2006, 258 lpp.
4. Projektu vadība. Rīga, Lietišķās informācijas dienests, 2007, 164 lpp.

5. Rokasgrāmata projektu iesniedzējiem un īstenotājiem. ES fondi 2007.- 2013.gads. Zemgales plānošanas reģiona Eiropas Savienības struktūrfondu informācijas centrs, 2010, 122 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),


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