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.


After passing the course the student

  • understands the concepts of ventilation and air-conditioning
  • knows the most common ventilation and air-conditioning systems and their features
  • can calculate the thermodynamic properties of moist air
  • can calculate air flow rates on the basis of given criteria
  • knows the ventilation ductwork sizing methods (e.g. static regain)
  • can choose the supply air flow rate and temperature for a displacement ventilation system
  • can calculate the unit processes and size the components of an air-conditioning system
  • can analyze the operation of an air-conditioning system in practical problems
  • can employ classical control algorithms in the control of air-handling processes

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.02.2019 - 03.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Kari Alanne

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kari Alanne

Contact information for the course (valid 04.02.2019-21.12.2112):

Tel. +358-50-4306837
P.O. Box 14400, 00076 AALTO
Sähkömiehentie 4, Room K264
Reception upon agreement

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:

    • Properties of air and water vapor mixtures
    • Concepts of ventilation and air-conditioning
    • Ventilation and air-conditioning systems
    • Chilled beam systems
    • Room air-conditioning systems
    • Determining supply air flow rates
    • Ventilation effectiveness
    • Air distribution
    • Air-conditioning processes
    • Duct sizing
    • Automatic control of ventilation and air-conditioning systems

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Learning assignments 100%

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Each learning assignment consists of 2-3 exercises (i.e. computational problems) that are solved and reported appropriately. The reports are submitted individually via MyCourses.

    Maximum score per assignment: 10 p (→ MAX 60 p). Passed (mark 1) = 50 % of the total score (= 30 p).

    The submissions are assessed following the criteria below:

    1.The submission is complete by the deadline. The student’s contribution is original and nothing gives a reason to suspect the student of plagiarism.
    2.The final results are highlighted (e.g. bold, underlined, table) and they are correct.
    3.Calculation procedures with assumptions, equations, substitutions (including units) and intermediate results are shown and appropriate.
    4.Visualizations of the problem have been done when applicable, using standardized drawing symbols and practices. The system descriptions, graphs, figures, and schematic diagrams indicate that the problem has been understood correctly (i.e. the visualization adds value to the report).
    5.The language (either English or Finnish) is good and easy to read. The terminology is correct. Good scientific reporting practices is followed, including references and citations, when applicable. If references are needed, they are listed in a separate reference list. All in all, the reporting should be brief and succinct and its appearance impeccable.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact learning 12 h

    Learning assignments 60 h

    Other self-learning 48 h

  • Applies in this implementation:

    One hour (1 h) of contact learning is assumed to include one hour (1 h) of student's own preparation.

    100 pages of easy-to-read literature corresponds to 20 h of workload and 100 pages of difficult text 30 h of workload.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes and literature

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course material and info: MyCourses portal (

    In the course material, basic terminology is written in underlined italics, recommendations for extra self-learning in blue font and explanations in red font.

    Supporting literature:
    –W.P. Jones: Air-conditioning engineering
    –J.F. Kreider et al.: Heating and Cooling of Buildings
    –O. Seppänen: Ilmastointitekniikka ja sisäilmasto
    –E. Sandberg: Sisäilmasto ja ilmastointijärjestelmät (Ilmastointitekniikka 1)
    –E. Sandberg: Ilmastointilaitoksen mitoitus (Ilmastointitekniikka 2)
    –REHVA: Displacement ventilation handbook

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Ene-58.3113 Ventilation and Ene-58.4122 Advanced Air-Conditioning

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The contact days (CD) are outlined as follows:

    CD1 Definitions and terminology, theoretical principles and tools
    CD2 Ventilation requirements
    CD3 Air-handling processes
    CD4 Ventilation and air-conditioning systems
    CD5 Air distribution
    CD6 Fundamentals of system design and control