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 the course the student

  • is able to work independently in laboratory.
  • is able to draw conclusions based on experimental results: understands how the structure of macromolecules affect e.g. thermal and mechanical -properties of polymer materials.
  • knows in practice different processing methods for polymers
  • can analyse experimental results and draw appropriate conclusions
  • can write a technical report

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 03.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Sami Lipponen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sami Lipponen

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:

    Students do experimental work that supports their theoretical studies in polymer technology, i.e. they will learn in practice about polymerization, polymer analysis, polymer processing, and testing. After each of the lab exercise, students will compile the results and write a technical report.

    The course consists of 7 laboratory exercises and their reporting. The course ends with a compulsory seminar.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Each of the exercise (lab&report) will be graded on the scale 1-5. Each of the works must be passed (at least grade 1, i.e. 50% of the points). The final grade will be the average grade of the exercises

    Grading of the exercise is divided into three parts (max percentage of the points)

    1. Each exercise starts with a questioning of related theory, procedures and safety issues (5-10%)

    2. How the students perform in the lab (5-10%)

    3. Written report (80-85%)

    In addition, the final seminar is compulsory

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Introduction lecture + final seminar 5 h

    Lab excersises 40 h (pair work,  >50 % of the lab is done without the presence of the teacher/assistant)

    Independent studying 90 h (reports are done together with the pair)

    In addition to lab exercises, also the final seminar is compulsory


Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    KE-100.3500, KE-100.3510

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic concepts of polymer technology.

    Laboratory safety course CHEM-A1010 or CHEM-E0140 (or alternatively, laboratory safety as part of courses CHEM-A1000 or CHEM-E0100 taught before Academic Year 2017-2018) must have been passed before performing any laboratory works in this course.