Syllabus for Construction Materials


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1TE442
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2017-03-07
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    Introduction to Construction Engineering.

  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the basic materials' properties of construction materials,
  • explain the materials' resistance and degradation mechanisms,
  • describe the composition and properties of the most common building materials,
  • perform simple calculations of strength and deformations that typically occur in a building,
  • proportion and produce concrete as well as evaluate the strength of the manufactured concrete,
  • implement simple life cycle and life cycle cost analyses for the most common building materials,
  • motivate the choice of materials based on environmental and health aspects,
  • account for different types of renewable building materials,
  • conduct a literature study and write a technical report.


Structure of building materials, from binding types through to macro-structure, for example. porosity and density. Composition and properties of concrete, steel, wood based materials, plastics, insulation materials, bricks, plaster, masonry and coating materials. Basic mechanics and deformations under load and materials volume resistance with respect to moisture, temperature and aging. Resistance of materials, including chemical, physical and biological as well as radiation exposure. Fabrication and properties of building materials. Sustainability aspects related to building materials. Methodology for life cycle and life cost analysis. Sound and environmentally profiled materials. Blending, manufacturing and strength testing of concrete.


Lectures, exercises and laboratory work. Assignments and seminars.


Written examination (4 credits), written and oral presentation of assignments (4 credits) as well as active participation in and presentation of laboratory work (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Other directives

The course replaces the previous course 1TE433 Building and construction part of 1TE408 Building Technology II and can not be included in a degree together with these.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Burström, PerGunnar Byggnadsmaterial : Övningsbok

    2007 eller senare: Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2007

    Find in the library


  • Burström, Per Gunnar; Nilvér, Kjell Byggnadsmaterial : tillverkning, egenskaper och användning

    Tredje upplagan: Lund: Studentlitteratur, [2018]

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26