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 4 2 + 2 100 English

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

The course provides basic knowledge of building and construction materials, their origin, production, properties, application and installation as well as their advantages and disadvantages versus other materials. The specific attention is paid to structural materials, energy efficient materials and state of the art materials related to the modern architectural design.

• 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
  15. Exam prep-up

  1. Introduction
  2. Consultations (Presentation no. 1)
  3. Consultations (Presentation no. 1)
  4. Consultations (Presentation no. 1)
  5. Presentations no. 1
  6. Presentations no. 1
  7. Presentations no. 1

  1. Presentations no. 1
  2. Mid-term Examination
  3. Consultations (Presentation no. 2)
  4. Consultations (Presentation no. 2)
  5. Presentation no. 2
  6. Presentation no. 2
  7. Presentation no. 2
  8. Presentation no. 2 - Exam prep-up

  • Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Presentation
  • Self Evaluation
  • Assignments
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)125
Final Exam140
+Attendance and Activity210
Total: 100
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)14228
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination155
Preparation for Final Examination155
Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
Seminar / Presentation21530
Total Workload: 100
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4