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: 11.01.2022 - 23.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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:

    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.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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). 

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    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III

    2021-2022 Spring III

    Course Homepage:

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

    Through Oodi