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.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1) Identify properties of concrete in the fresh and hardened states and the effects of mineral and chemical admixtures in concrete
2) Perform suitable tests on a range of concrete design mixes using Portland cement and local aggregates
3) Theoretically predict the thermal and strength development of concrete structures
4) Apply knowledge of the principle properties of the components of normal Portland cement concrete and special concrete mixes
5) Identify the chemical or physical process of concrete structures durability concerns, and design their service life.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2021 - 22.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jouni Punkki

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

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:

    The course covers the following topics:

    - Concrete materials (Cement, Aggregates and Admixtures) and proportioning of concrete mixtures
    - Cement hydration process and microstructure of the hydrated cement paste
    - Properties of fresh and harded concrete
    - Special concrete mixes (High strength concrete, Self-consolidating concrete, Fibre reinforced concrete etc.)
    - Durability and service life of concrete structure

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The grading scale for course is: 5 (highest); 4; 3; 2; 1 (lowest passing grade); 0 (failed).
    The course outcome assessment includes:

    a) Weekly exercises
    b) Group assignment and laboratory work
    c) Final exam

    The course grading: (Final exam 75%) +  (Weekly exercises and group assignment 25%)

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Detailed evaluation criteria are available in the course syllabus.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

    44 h of lectures
    36 h Weekly exercises and their preparation
    22 h Group assignment and laboratory work
    33 h Final exam and its preparation


  • Applies in this implementation:

    QuantityDuration (Hour)Total workload (Hour)
    Weekly exercises6636
    Group work   
    Seminar presentation
    (preparing and presenting)
    Independent reading for the
    exam (articles, book chapters, lecture notes etc.)
    Final examination133
    Total workload (Hours)  135
    ECTS Credit of the course
    (workload / 27)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Recommended readings:
    - [in English] P. Kumar Mehta, Paulo J. M. Monteiro (2006). Concrete : microstructure, properties, and materials. New York, NY : McGraw-Hill ; London, cop. 2006.
           - Chapter 02 Microstructure of concrete
           - Chapter 05 Durability of concrete
           - Chapter 06 Hydraulic cement
           - Chapter 07 Aggregates
           - Chapter 08 Admixtures
           - Chapter 09 Proportioning concrete mixtures
           - Chapter 12 Progress in concrete technology (special types of concrete)

    - [in Finnish] BY 201 Betonitekniikan oppikirja 2018. Julkaisijat: Suomen Betoniyhdistys r.y. Kustantaja: BY-koulutus Oy. Julkaistu: 2018.
    - Course lectures and exercises notes and handout


  • Applies in this implementation:

    • Course book "P. Kumar Mehta, Paulo J. M. Monteiro (2006). Concrete : microstructure, properties, and materials."
    • Course lectures and exercises notes and handout

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rak-82.3131 Concrete Technology 2

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CIV-E1010 Building Materials Technology 5 op

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    11.01.2021Lecture 1Concrete
    materials and mixtures (Mix design)
    12.01.2021Lecture 2Cement
    18.01.2021Lecture 3Microstructure
    of concrete
    19.01.2021Lecture 4Chemical
    admixtures for concrete 
    25.01.2021Lecture 5Mineral
    admixtures (Supplementary Cementing Materials)
    26.01.2021Lecture 6Properties
    of fresh concrete
    01.02.2021Lecture 7Properties
    of hardened concrete
    02.02.2021Lecture 8Durability
    - Concrete degradation mechanisms
    08.02.2021Lecture 9Durability
    -  Service life design of concrete
    09.02.2021Lecture 10Sustainability
    and Recycling of concrete
    22.02.2021ExamFinal Exam (13:00 -
    16:00 at R1)