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Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), 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.


  1. understand the concepts and physical principles of heat and mass transfer
  2. understand the three heat transfer modes: conduction, convection, and radiation
  3. apply numerical methods to heat transfer
  4. analyze heat and moisture processes in buildings
  5. draw conclusions concerning physics performances based on analysis of heat and moisture transfer in buildings
  6. identify measures for increasing energy efficiency and control of humidity in buildings

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 23.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Xiaoshu Lu-Tervola

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Xiaoshu Lu-Tervola

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:

    • Heat transfer and modes (conduction, convection, radiation)
    • Mass transfer and modes (moisture transfer (vapour diffusion & advection), liquid capillary transfer, air diffusion)
    • Hygrothermal properties of building materials (hygrothermal load, condensation, moisture-induced degradation processes, insulation, air barriers, vapour barriers)
    • Thermal performances of whole buildings (transmission, ventilation heat loss, solar gains, heating and cooling load)
    • Applications (moisture durability assessment, numerical techniques for heat conduction, modeling techniques in energy efficient building design)

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assessment (scale 0-5) based on exam (85%), and exercises (15%).

    Mandatory for admission to the final exam:

    • minimum 40% attendance to the lectures
    • minimum 70% of the exercises or minimum 6/10 average of the exercises
    • oral preliminary examination may be required for specific circumstances

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures: 24 h (2 x 2 h/week, 6 weeks)
    In-class exercises: 20 h (2 x 2 h/week, 5 weeks)
    Home exercises: 20 h
    Computer assignment: 6 h
    Seminar: 4 h
    Examination: 4 h
    Self-Study: 50 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    • Yunus A. Cengel, Heat Transfer - A Practical Approach. Mc Graw-Hill, 2003
    • F.P. Incropera, D.P. DeWitt. Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer. Wiley, 2011
    • Or similar

    Lecturing notes & supplementary material

    • calculation exercises, examples, illustrations

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Engineering Mathematics and Physics (non-Physics science major) or equivalent

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action



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