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.


1) Understanding of the structural behavior of solid timber and engineered wood products
2) Understanding the principles for the design of beam type elements (cross-sections subjected to stresses, stability of members, serviceability limits, re exposure)
3) Understanding the principles for the design of connections with metal type fasteners
4) Ability to design standard beam type elements
5) Ability to design connections with metal type fasteners

Credits: 5

Schedule: 28.02.2022 - 13.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Gerhard Fink

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:

    1) Wood as a building material (including mechanic properties, timber grading, engineered wood products)
    2) Basis of the design (including variability of the material properties, durability, moisture).
    3) Ultimate limit state design of cross-sections
    4) Stability
    5) Connections with metal type fasteners: Type of connections, principles of the design
    6) Serviceability limit state design

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Home assignments (25%) and examination (75%).

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Lectures: 24 h (2 x 2 h/week, 6 weeks)
    - In-class exercises: 24 h (2 x 2 h/week, 6 weeks)
    - Preparation for lecture and in-class exercise: 24 h
    - Home Assignments: 35 h
    - Individual work: 25 h (Preparation for examination, etc.)
    - Exam: 3 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Presented during the first lecture.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring V

    2021-2022 Spring IV

    Course Homepage:

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

    Students are admitted to the course in the order they registered