Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • Characterise and communicate the general indoor contaminants and their sources affecting measured and perceived indoor air quality   
  • Describe possible health effects of general indoor air  contaminants and recognize the most harmful contaminants for human health
  • Describe the means of reducing harmful contaminants in indoor environments
  • Demonstrate and apply the methods and good practices for assessing indoor air quality
  • Determine and use the available legislation and guidelines for interpreting  indoor air quality measurements and analysis in different indoor environments
  • Describe the major types of climate-induced indoor environmental problems
  • Develop an improved comprehension of scientific literature relevant to the field of indoor air quality
  • Group working and presentation skills

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.02.2019 - 11.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Heidi Salonen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heidi Salonen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures and relates to the health, comfort and productivity of building occupants. This course will help students recognize the factors that affect measured and perceived indoor air quality in non-industrial indoor environments such as residents and different public buildings (e.g. schools, offices, daycare centers, hospitals). The course familiarizes students with health effects caused by various agents typically known to cause indoor air quality concerns including moulds, and provide an understanding of the various methods as well as suggestions and guidelines available for the assessment of indoor air quality and mould issues. The course also provides knowledge of good practices and management processes for solving indoor air quality problems as well as knowledge of climate-induced indoor environmental problems. The course also offers an overview of scientific writing in a subject area. Within the course participants are required to write a learning report, work in pairs and in groups and provide presentations in order to develop communication and presentation skills.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Grade: 0-5 based on the learning report (the report contains 10 different parts, which will be evaluated).
    The learning report includes homework, individual assignments, pair work assignments, groupwork assingments as well as a learning diary within each part.

    Scale: 5 (=excellent), 4 (=very good), 3 (=good), 2 (=satisfactory), 1 (weak), 0 (=rejected).
    Note! All sections must be passed with an acceptable grade.
    Two presentation events are mandatory.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hours (26.5 h):
    -Lectures: 11 h
    -Measurement demonstrations/company presentations about the measurement methods: 3 h
    - Visit to a company (/laboratories): 3 h
    -In -class assignments (facilitated assingments): 9.5 h
    Independent work (107 h):
    - Group work assignments: 25 h
    - Pair work assignments: 10 h
    - Individual assignments: 15 h
    - Reading the lecture and background materials: 10 h
    - Preparation for learning report: 47 h
    Total 133, 5 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    There will not be a textbook for this course. Teaching materials for the course are lecture notes, assignment materials and other relevant literature  (the list of of materials will be provided in the beginning of the course).


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Knowledge prerequisites: At least one master level course in the field of indoor environment quality/microbiology/chemistry/ventilation technology/building physics/health science/epidemiology/architecture

    Course offers valuable basic knowledge for the course Indoor Environment Technology.

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