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.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish basic principles of the experimental methods and techniques in building materials, their advantages and limitations
  2. Perform experimental tests using devices related to the laboratory and "in-situ"  tests
  3. Describe the performance of building materials and elements using different test methods
  4. Be able to select suitable destructive and non-destructive techniques of inspection and investigation of technical condition of buildings and their structures

Credits: 5

Schedule: 24.04.2023 - 08.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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:

    The course covers the following topics:
    Laboratory investigation methods
    + Microstructure analysis (Petrographic analysis and microscopy analyses)
    + Digital Image Correlation for civil engineering
    + Durability testing for building materials
    In-situ investigation methods
    + Visual inspection
    + Non-destructive, semi destructive and destructive testing techniques

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The grading scale for course is: 5 (highest); 4; 3; 2; 1 (lowest passing grade); 0 (failed). The course assessment includes:

    • Group assignment, site work and seminar presentation - 25% of the final grade
    • Final exam - 75% of the final grade

    The course grading: (Final exam 75%) +  (assignment 25%)

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Total workload (Hours) = 5cr * 27h/cr = 135h
    + 22 h lectures, seminars and excursions
    + 57 h Group assignment, site work and presentation
    + 53 h Individual studies
    + 03 h Final exam


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

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

    Enrollment :

    Registration for course will take place on Sisu (