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.


At the end of the course the students should have:

- learnt the basic composition, properties and applications of common building materials
- understood how manufacturing processes affect the properties and the characteristics of building materials
- prepared to apply the gained knowledge to perform materials testing and performance evaluation for building materials

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 25.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Fahim Al-Neshawy, Fahim Al-Neshawy

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Fahim Al-Neshawy, Fahim Al-Neshawy

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:

    This course offers an introduction to the basic of common building materials, properties and their applications. The course include the following topics:
    1: Fundamental properties of building materials
    2: Masonry work
    3: Aggregates, cementitious materials, concrete and reinforcement materials
    4: Construction timber
    5: Bituminous materials
    6: Sustainable use of building materials

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course includes the following learning methods and activities:

    - Lectures
    - Weekly assignments
    - Laboratory testing demonstration
    - Final exam at the end of the course

    The course grading: (Final exam 75%) +  (Weekly assignments and laboratory 25%)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ECTS Credit of the course 5 cr
    Total workload (Hours) = 5*27 = 135h

    24 h of lectures and laboratory testing
    40 h weekly exercises and their preparation
    68 h individual studies
    03 h Final exam


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Recommended readings:

    • Michael S. Mamlouk, John P. Zaniewski. (2013). Materials for civil and constructionengineers. 
    • M. Clara Gonçalves and Fernanda Margarido, (2015). “Materials for Construction and CivilEngineering - Science, Processing, and Design”
    • [in Finnish] Siikanen, Unto. Rakennusaineoppi . Rakennustieto Oy
    • Course lecture notes and handouts

  • Applies in this implementation:

    • Course lecture notes and handout - include slides from
      lectures, explanatory notes, and exercise problems.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    General knowledge of physical, mechanical and chemical properties of materials

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities