Course detail

Properties and Testing Materials

FAST-I12Acad. year: 2019/2020

Basic data about production, properties and testing methods of building materials. . Building stone, aggregates. Binders: lime plaster, cement, special materials. Building ceramics: brickmaking products, fireproof ceramics. Building glass. Metals: iron and steel, steel for concrete, steel for constructions, non - ferrous metals and alloys. Timber: technical timber species, timber for construction, wood products for building. Concrete: classification of concretes, ingredients, production, sorts and properties of concrete. Lightweight concretes. Polymers, mastics, adhesives, coating compositions. Insulating materials. Composites. Practical laboratory testing of chosen building materials.


Institute of Building Testing (SZK)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


The skill of the combined use of the knowledge of sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics) on a secondary school level, a good estimate and the ability to compare data and methods., the ability to use by himself the information from the literature and internet, the intermediate level of written and spoken English.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Adámek, J., Koukal, J., Stehlík, M.: English-Czech Handbook of Building Materials Properties and. PC DIR Brno 1995
Doran, D.K.: Construction Materials Reference Book. Oxford 1992
Everett, A.: Materials. Longman Scientific & Technical 1993

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Leading reading
2. Choosen properties of building materials I
3. Choosen properties of building materials II
4. Ceramics I
5. Ceramics II
6. Concrete I
7. Concrete II
8. Timber in building
9. Metals in building
10. Polymers and insulating matters
11. Mortars I
12. Mortars II
13. Aggregates for building purpose, glass


The ability not only to use the theoretical knowledge obtained during the study, but also to orientate oneself in the field of properties of the whole scale of building materials, the overview of the most used building materials nowadays and in the past, the view of history of the given material, its properties including the production technology and its testing,the knowledge of English language.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer