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 + 2 104 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ahmed El Sayed, Assist. Prof. Dr. Omar Kapetanovic Ahmed El Sayed, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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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 students with basics of building materials and their basic properties
• Provide information about the importance of knowing the materials production process and properties;
• Introduce the process of choosing Building materials, their application and installation.
• Develop awareness about the relationship between materials, structural forms and function in the building

  1. Introduction ( Syllabus review; course content, requirements, equipment, policies; teaching methods)
  2. Clay – Bricks – Blocks – Ceramics – Stone as materials for Building
  3. Clay – Bricks – Blocks – Ceramics – Stone as materials for Building
  4. Wood – Timber – Glulam as materials for Building.
  5. Wood – Timber – Glulam as materials for Building.
  6. Binders (Cement – Lime – Mortar)
  7. Concrete production, types and standards, application.
  8. Mid-term Examination
  9. Mid-term Examination
  10. Concrete and RC as construction materials.
  11. Steel as construction material
  12. Other construction materials (aluminum – glass)
  13. Hydro and thermal insulations
  14. PVC and plastics in construction.
  15. Summarizing the lectures and analyzing gained knowledge

  1. Introduction
  2. Quiz no.1
  3. Quiz no.2
  4. Quiz no.3
  5. Quiz no.4

  1. Quiz no.5
  2. Quiz no.6
  3. Mid-term Examination
  4. Mid-term Examination
  5. Quiz no.7
  6. Quiz no.8
  7. Quiz no.9
  8. Quiz no.10
  9. Quiz no.11
  10. Quiz no.12

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Presentation
  • Assignments
  • Other:Quizzes
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Final Exam145
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)15230
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11010
Preparation for Final Examination11010
Assignment / Homework/ Project12020
Seminar / Presentation 0
Total Workload: 104
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4