Course syllabus

Building Materials

VBM012, 6 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

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

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: V1
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 most 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. Test methods and their interpretation. 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. Written excersises on material choice.

Code: 0117. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory Work
Code: 0217. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination
Code: 0317. Name: Technical Writing.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


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

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Peter Johansson,
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