Course syllabus

Building Materials

VBMA35, 6 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2017-04-06

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYA2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The main purpose of the course is to give basic knowledge about the structure and properties of most building materials.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

The choices shall be motivated by calculations and the literature


Structure of materials at sub-micro, micro and macro level. Density and porosity and their importance for the material properties. Heat and moisture issues. Strength and deformation properties. Durability. Properties at high temperatures. Test methods and judgement of test results. Production and properties of common materials as for instance concrete, steel, brick, and wood.

The student experiments are performed in groups of six students. They cast concrete, testing strength of concrete and steel and study heat and moisture transport. The experiments are presented in a written report.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination. Approved experimental excercises.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed Laboratory Works
Code: 0217. 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, VBM012, VBMA05, VBMA25, VBM611

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Sanne Johansson,
Course homepage:
Further information: The student experiments are performed in Lund.