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RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Engineering Economics

International Business and Customs Institute



Professional Bachelor Programme



“BUSINESS LOGISTICS”


SELF-EVALUATION REPORT


Riga – 2005




CONTENTS
1. Resolution of the competent collegial governance and decision-making authority on the realisation of the Programme p. …

2. Licence of the Programme .p.

3. Activities should the Programme be liquidated. p.

4. Description of the Programme p.

5. Advertising and informative materials about the possibilities to undertake

the Programme p.

6. Perspective evaluation of the Programme .p.

6.1. Compliance with the National Tertiary Professional Education Standard .p.

6.2. Compliance with the Profession Standard and requirements of the labour market .p.

7. Evaluation of the Programme .p.

7.1. Programme goals and objectives .p.

7.2. Organisation of the Programme .p.

7.3. Practical realisation of the Programme .p.

7.4. System of assessment .p.

7.5. Students .p.

7.5.1. Number of students in the Programme .p.

7.5.2. Number of students enrolled in the 1st year .p.

7.5.3. Number of graduates .p.

7.5.4. Students’ questionnaires and analysis .p.

7.5.5. Graduates’ questionnaires and analysis .p.

7.5.6. Participation of students in the improvement of the study process .p.

7.6. Academic staff engaged in the Programme .p.

7.6.1. Number of academic staff .p.

7.6.2. Appropriacy of qualification of academic staff .p.

7.6.3. Policy of selection, renewal, training and professional advancement

of academic staff .p.

7.7. Sources of financing and provision of infrastructure .p.

7.8. External relations .p.

7.8.1. Relations with employers .p.

7.8.2. Cooperation with similar profile programmes in Latvia and abroad .p.

7.8.3. Academic staff having teaching experience in foreign educational establishments or doing research abroad ..........................................................p.

7.8.4. Number of foreign visiting lecturers in the Programme .p.

7.8.5. Students that have studied abroad on exchange programmes .p.

7.8.6. Number of foreign students in the Programme, length of studies .p.



8. Programme development plan .p.

9. Benchmarking with similar programmes offered internationally (EU) .p.

Appendices .p.


  1. The professional bachelor programme “Business logistics” ;

  2. LR MC Regulations No.481 “On the national standard of the 2nd-level professional tertiary education”;

  3. RTU Senate resolution of 29 April 2002 (Minutes No.467) “On the structure of the programmes of the 2nd-level professional tertiary education”;

  4. Profession Standard “Head of Logistics Structural Unit”;

  5. Licence on the rights to realise the professional tertiary education programme “Business logistics”;

  6. Student Questionnaire;

  7. Study plans for the professional bachelor programme “Business logistics”;

  8. Course descriptions for the professional bachelor programme “Business logistics”;

  9. Graduate Questionnaire;

  10. Academic Staff ensuring the implementation of the professional bachelor programme “Business logistics”;

  11. Curriculum Vitae of Academic Staff implementing the study programme;

  12. Co-operation on Agreement between the RTU FEE IBCI (SESMI) and SIA “Baltic Logistic System – Latvija”;

  13. Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom) Business Logistics Bachelor study

programme;

14. Professional Bachelor Study Programme of Lincoln University, New Zealand;



  1. Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania) Bachelor Study Programme in Transport Economics and Management;

  2. Aston University (United Kingdom) Bachelor Study Programme in Logistics.


  1. Resolution of the competent collegial governance and decision-making authority on the realisation of the Programme

The professional bachelor programme “Business logistics” is approved by the RTU Senate resolution of 31 January 2005 (Minutes No. 492) (Appendix 1). The Programme has been developed pursuant to the LR MC Regulations No.481 “On the national standard of the 2nd-level professional tertiary education” (Appendix 3), the RTU Senate resolution of 29 April 2002 (Minutes No.467) “On the structure of the programmes of the 2nd-level professional tertiary education” (Appendix 4).

The professional bachelor programme is realised at the RTU Faculty of Engineering Economics in Riga and its graduates are awarded the professional bachelor degree in business logistics and the qualification “Head of Logistics Structural Unit” (PS 0290) (Appendix 5).

2. Licence of the Programme

Licence No. 04051-61 on the rights to realise the professional tertiary education programme “Business logistics” (4234511) for conferring the professional bachelor degree in business logistics and the qualification “Head of logistics structural unit” was issued on 9 June 2005 (Appendix 2).

3. Activities should the Programme be liquidated
In case the professional study programme “Business logistics” is to be liquidated, students may continue studies in the accredited RTU 1st-level professional tertiary education programme “Entrepreneurship and management”, or the accredited 2nd-level professional tertiary education programme “Entrepreneurship and management”, or the accredited academic bachelor programme “Entrepreneurship and management”, with corresponding reconciliation of the scope and content of the programmes.

By passing the missing tests and examinations, students may transfer also to other professional tertiary education programmes offered by the RTU Faculty of Engineering Economics. Such a possibility is guaranteed, since the students of the programme “Business logistics” enjoy all rights entitled to RTU students.

After completion of the Programme, students may continue education in the specialisation “Business logistics and transport economics” within the professional master programme “Entrepreneurship and management”.
4. Description of the Programme

Duration and scope of the Programme:




Full-time studies

160 credit points

4 years

Part-time studies

160 credit points

5 years

Full-time with an acquired 1st-level professional (college) study programme


80 credit points


2 years

Part-time with an acquired 1st-level professional (college) study programme


80 credit points


2.5 years

Part-time studies are organised pursuant to the resolution of the RTU Senate “On organisation of part-time studies at RTU” (26.06.2000, Minutes No.451) (Appendix 6).


Duration of each semester is 20 weeks, an academic year being divided into two semesters.
Academic prerequisites for undertaking the Programme:

  • general or professional secondary education;

  • 1st-level tertiary professional education in the field of entrepreneurship and management, specialisation “Business logistics and transport economics”.
Location and mode of realisation of the programme:

  • Riga: full-time and part-time studies.



Scope of Programme parts and time distribution:

  • COMPULSORY CORE SUBJECTS 82 CP (51.25 %)

- general subjects 14 CP

- basic courses on the theory of the branch and

information technology courses 36 CP

- professional branch specialisation courses 32 CP



  • COMPULSORY ELECTIVES, incl.: 34 CP (21.25 %)

- professional branch specialisation courses 26 CP

- humanities / social and management subjects 2 CP

- languages 6 CP


  • FREE ELECTIVES 6 CP (3.7 %)

  • PRACTICAL PLACEMENT/PRACTICAL WORK 26 CP (16.3 %)

- specialisation placement 16 CP

- project placement 10 CP



  • STATE EXAMINATION 12 CP (7.5 %)

- diploma project 12 CP

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Total : 160 CP (100 %)

The Programme comprises the following specialisation-focused courses:



  • General subjects – mathematics, statistics, quantitative methods in economics, fundamentals of communication, civil defence, introduction into speciality, physical education;

  • Basic courses on the branch theory and information technology courses – mathematics for economists, computers (basic course), microeconomics, macroeconomics, transport and organisation of transportation; marketing, taxes and duties, business law, legal aspects of transport services, fundamentals in business logistics; analysis of economic processes, personnel management (basic course);




  • Courses of professional branch specialisation – computers for economists, occupational safety, business communication, economics of entrepreneurship, work management, finances (basic course), accounting, economics of entrepreneurship, international economic relations, economic information systems; simulation modelling of logistics systems, economic and transport geography, fundamentals of finances, accounting; transport economics and organisation; legislation on international law on transportation; commodity science of export and import goods; Special English;




  • Compulsory elective courses of the specific professional specialisation to be chosen from the offered courses corresponding to the selected track of specialisation: business logistics; third-party logistics; organisation of terminal and warehousing operations; stock management; international trade; organisation and control of customs operation; customs legislation in Latvia and abroad; supply chain management and freight forwarding; transport infrastructure and technical basis; risks and insurance in transportation; modelling of transport processes; organisation of transport and environment protection; commercial transport operation; fundamentals of quality management systems; transportation of hazardous goods; management of international transportation; an optional course from the block of humanities / social sciences and management sciences: general sociology, ethics (basic course), business etiquette, political system in Latvia; foreign languages (English or German).

When enrolling students with a prior 1st-level professional tertiary education in the major of entrepreneurship and management in the specialisation of business logistics and transport economics, the courses acquired in the 1st-level study programme are coordinated, compared and transferred pursuant to the LR MC Regulations No. 481 “On the national standard of the 2nd-level professional tertiary education ”, Clause III 14.


Enrolment requirements for the Programme as well as course syllabi are attached in Appendix 7.

5. Advertising and informative materials about the possibilities to undertake the Programme
In order to attract potential students to the programmes avcailable, Riga Technical University informs general public and advertises the University on the whole, and each faculty, the Faculty of Engineering Economics including, are separately providing detailed information about the possibilities of taking up studies and about the quality of education offered.

Potential students of the Programme are graduates of general and professional secondary educational establishments.

Information about the Programme and the possibilities to undertake studies is disseminated both via mass marketing and niche marketing media. Basically, this is done through printed materials – adverts, promotional booklets, catalogues, as well as by participating in exhibitions, e.g., “Skola” (“School”), „Karjeras dienas” (“Career Days”), and RTU Open Days events.

The Programme is also advertised through the Internet. Information about the Programme is available in the RTU web page: www.rtu.lv, the web page of the Faculty of Engineering Economics: www.ief.rtu.lv, and the web page of the International Business and Customs Institute (or SESMI – a Latvian commonly used abbreviation of the institute): www.sesmi.lv.





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