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: 13.09.2021 - 28.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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 as

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.