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) Identify properties of concrete in the fresh and hardened states and the effects of mineral and chemical admixtures in concrete
2) Perform suitable tests on a range of concrete design mixes using Portland cement and local aggregates
3) Theoretically predict the thermal and strength development of concrete structures
4) Apply knowledge of the principle properties of the components of normal Portland cement concrete and special concrete mixes
5) Identify the chemical or physical process of concrete structures durability concerns, and design their service life.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2025 - 17.02.2025

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:

    - Concrete materials (Cement, Aggregates and Admixtures) and proportioning of concrete mixtures
    - Cement hydration process and microstructure of the hydrated cement paste
    - Properties of fresh and harded concrete
    - Special concrete mixes (High strength concrete, Self-consolidating concrete, Fibre reinforced concrete etc.)
    - Durability and service life of concrete structure

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 outcome assessment includes:

    a) Weekly exercises (20%)
    b) Group assignment and laboratory work (20%)
    c) Final exam (60%)

    The course grading: (Final exam 75%) +  (Weekly exercises and group assignment 25%)

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    ECTS Credit of the course 5 cr
    Total workload (Hours) = 5*27 = 135h

    44 h of lectures
    36 h Weekly exercises and their preparation
    22 h Group assignment and laboratory work
    33 h Final exam and its preparation



Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Recommended readings:
    - [in English] P. Kumar Mehta, Paulo J. M. Monteiro (2006). Concrete : microstructure, properties, and materials. New York, NY : McGraw-Hill ; London, cop. 2006.
           - Chapter 02 Microstructure of concrete
           - Chapter 05 Durability of concrete
           - Chapter 06 Hydraulic cement
           - Chapter 07 Aggregates
           - Chapter 08 Admixtures
           - Chapter 09 Proportioning concrete mixtures
           - Chapter 12 Progress in concrete technology (special types of concrete)

    - [in Finnish] BY 201 Betonitekniikan oppikirja 2018. Julkaisijat: Suomen Betoniyhdistys r.y. Kustantaja: BY-koulutus Oy. Julkaistu: 2018.
    - Course lectures and exercises notes and handout


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: 2024-2025 Spring III
    2025-2026 Spring III


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