Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 208 Building Materials Undergraduate 2 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 2 32 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Sanin Džidić, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sanin Džidić, Assoc. Prof. Dr. no email

• Introduce building materials and their basic properties;
• Understanding of building materials origin and production;
• Understanding of building materials application and installation;
• Understanding the relationship between materials, structural forms and function in the building

  1. Introduction
  2. Foundations, Earth materials, geotextiles, drainage, piles, diaphragms
  3. Wood, Wood products, plastic lumber, wood fasteners, glued laminated timber
  4. Wood Heavy timber frame, light frame, interior and exterior finishes
  5. Brick masonry Mortar, brick
  6. Stone and concrete masonry, Stone, Stone masonry and Concrete masonry units, Masonry wall
  7. Waterproof and thermal insulations (rock wool, glass wool, polystyrene, polyurethanes…)
  8. Concrete, Cement, Reinforcing
  9. Mid-term Examination
  10. Precast and sitecast concrete Prestressed elements, joining, casting concrete, Lightweight concrete
  11. Steel Material, steel framing, fireproofing
  12. Roofing and roofing materials application
  13. Cladding, Flooring, Suspended Ceilings
  14. Exterior wall systems, Interior finishes, walls, partitions, gypsum systems


      Description (%)
      Method Quantity Percentage (%)
      Total: 0
      Learning outcomes
      • Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the theories, principles and practices of building materials;
      • Critically review the role of a material in specific structure or application in the light of sustainability;
      • Creatively apply knowledge of basic materials properties and usage in the design process;
      • Present issues and solutions in building materials problems
      • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different materials intended to be used for the same purpose
      • 1. Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods,Edward Allen, Joseph Iano, 2003;
      • 2. Građevinski materijali – udžbenik, Mihajlo Muravljov, Građevinska knjiga d.o.o, Beograd, 2007.

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14228
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
      Midterm Examination (1 week)122
      Final Examination(1 week)122
      Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
      Preparation for Final Examination50
      Total Workload: 32
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 1