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.


After the course, the student:

  • Understands basic principles of flexible pavement design and construction.
  • Is able to analyse pavement failures and suggest remedial solutions.
  • Is familiar with the concept of multi-layered elastic analysis and empirical design methods and can apply knowledge by performing basic pavement thickness designs.
  • Is familiar with pavement structural and functional distresses and recognizes their formation mechanisms.
  • Is able to do basic laboratory tests and data analysis (e.g. determination of particle size distribution by dry/wet sieving and hydrometer methods; Proctor test to determine optimum water content; Loadman test).
  • Is able to discuss professionally with peers/clients on pavement design/materials and road construction issues.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 23.10.2023 - 08.12.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Augusto Cannone Falchetto

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 fundamental principles underlying the structural design and construction of road pavement systems in cold regions, such as functional and structural evaluation of pavement performance, pavement mechanics including multi-layered elastic theory, properties of pavement materials, environmental effects, and flexible pavement design methods and considerations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Homework, Laboratory practice (when possible) and report, Final exam.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    5 credits, 135 h total:

    • Lectures: 12 h (1 x 2h/week)
    • In-class group work, exercises: 18 h (1 x 3h/week)
    • Additional lectures and excursion: 6 h
    • Independent work: 30 h
    • Weekly reading assignments plus additional reading: 25 h
    • Weekly homework: 25 h
    • Laboratory practice and preparation of the report: 7 h
    • Final exam + Preparation: 12 h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    If needed, the course can be offered online.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for course will take place on Sisu (