A BETTER SCHEDULING OF LEARNING TASKS OVER TIME IN ENGINEERING MASTER'S PROGRAMS

G.M. Moraru, D. Popa

"Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu (ROMANIA)
Master's students often feel overwhelmed by the study tasks they receive at university, especially in the second part of a semester. In the context of the agglomeration of some tasks at the end of the academic year, it is possible that the student from the last year of study at a master's program in engineering will miss the deadline for completing the dissertation. Analyzing the specialized managerial literature, we have discovered some essential causes of the poor scheduling of tasks in time. Students, among other things, may be negatively affected in this regard by the extremely different shares of importance of the disciplines in the study plan, the culture of the group they belong to, certain attitudes of teachers, but also by the organizational culture of the university, especially when it is bureaucratic. A case study conducted at an engineering faculty in Romania on three master's degrees with managerial specificity demonstrates that the students' unbalanced approach to university tasks during a semester is a danger for completing their studies. Using techniques specific to tactical and operational management, we proposed at the end of the paper some solutions to remedy this situation.