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 for cross-sectional load resultants
  • Use strut-and-tie method for design for loadings in ultimate limit states
  • Consider the cracking of concrete in design
  • 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: 10.01.2023 - 22.02.2023

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 engineering design of reinforced concrete structures, intercoupling between reinforcement and concrete, tension stiffening, strut-and-tie method, influence of cracking on design, details of reinforcement and splices, sectional design for bending, shear and torsion, ultimate and servicebility limit states, reliability of reinforced concrete structures, non-linear behaviour of concrete structures, basics of the design of fibre reinforced concrete, conceptual design of concrete buildings.

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.

    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 course.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 22 h/ 18%; Exercises 17 h/ 18%; Individual tuition 8 h/6% Independent work
    83 t/ 62%; Examination 3 t/ 2%


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 Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III
    2023-2024 Spring III

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses: the course should be added to the personal study plan (HOPS) and HOPS is used to complete the registration in