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.


  • Explain the roles of steel and concrete for the load bearing capacity of reinforced concrete structures
  • Calculate reinforcement bars against cross-sectional load resultants
  • Use strut-and-tie method for design against loadings in ultimate limit states
  • Summarise the significance to consider concrete cracking in designing
  • Consider specific features of reinforced concrete structure: detail planning of reinforcement, connections, brittle and ductile behaviour

 (The course is a part of the requirements for designers of reinforced concrete structures in Finland)

Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 28.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jari Puttonen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jari Puttonen

Contact information for the course (valid 15.12.2020-21.12.2112):Teacher in charge:

Prof. Jari Puttonen (lectures)

University lecturer Esko Sistonen Ph.D
(exercise sessions),

Mr. Janne Hanka M.Sc. (home exercises)

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:

    Fundamentals of the design and dimensioning of reinforced concrete structures, intercoupling between reinforcement and concrete, tension stiffening, strut-and-tie method, influence of cracking on dimensioning, details of reinforcement and splices, dimensioning of cross-section in bending, shear and torsion, ultimate and servicebility limit states, reliability of reinforced concrete structures, use of plasticity theory
    with reinforced concrete, basics of the design of fibre reinforced concrete.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The purpose of this course is to give students,
    engineers and scientist a deeper insight into the theory and methods for the
    design of reinforced concrete structures.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Written examination, participation in obligatory
    teaching, obligatory home exercises.

    Course includes obligatory exercises that shall be
    made during the course. The approval of exercises is a precondition for the
    participation in the examination. Exercises are valid only for the lecture
    period under concern.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    student shall individually calculate and submit the structure tested virtually
    in SLS and ULS using nominal values

    approval of home exercises requires that the student gets 50% out of the
    maximum available marks.  

    Weight of examination in approval: 100%. For
    well-graded obligatory home exercises (75% of the maximum marks), the examination
    grade is raised by one if the grade is 1, 2, 3 or 4. The home exercises are
    lecture period specific and are considered in the marking of the examination
    for examinations held before the start of the next lecture period of the
    Grading of the calculation of the test structure: as Pass /

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24 h/ 18 %; Exercises 24 h/ 18 %; Group work 41h/31%, Independent work
    41 t/ 31 %; Examination 3 t/ 2 %


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes, model solutions to calculation exercises. Literature:  Wight J.K. and MacGregor J.G.
    Reinforced Concrete, Mechanics and Design (recommended), Pearson Education Ltd, 2016, Support material: Selected parts of Finnish codes and design quides e.g. SFS-EN 1992-1-1, The National Building
    Code of Finland B4, Concrete structures (fi, swe), Addiotional English reading: Hassoun M.N and Al-Manaseer:
    Structural Concrete - Theory and Design, John Wiley & Sons, 2008. Additional Finnsh reading published by Suomen betoniyhdistys r.y., e.g. by 211 (in Finnish). 

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Common courses in Building Technology, particularly courses CIV-E1020 and CIV-E1030.

    -theory of elastic beams, basis of structural reliability (limit state design), basic material models



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