Course syllabus

Building Materials

VBMA25, 5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2016-04-08

General Information

Compulsory for: BI1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to give basic knowledge about the structure and properties of common buildning materials.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Interrelations between the structure and the properties of building materials. Production of materials. Structure of materials on submicro-, micro- and macro-levels. Density and porosity. Heat and moisture transfer and their effects. Strength and deformation. Durability. Effect of high temperatures. Concrete. Ceramics. Metals. Polymers. Wood and wood-based materials. Other building materials.

The student experiments are performed in groups of four students. They test for example casting of concrete, heat and moisture transport, strength and creep.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination. Three mandatory student experiments.

Code: 0115. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory Work
Code: 0215. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VBM011, VBM611, VBMA05, VBM012

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Katja Fridh,
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