Course code Fizi2009

Credit points 3


Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours72

Date of course confirmation22.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Physics

Course developer


Ilze Pelēce

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The course deals with the concepts of physics and the laws that are important for understanding the movement of heat and humidity in buildings and its enclosing structures.
In laboratory work, students become more familiar with the different heat transfer processes and the basic principles of measuring the physical values characterizing them, as well as learn to evaluate the results of their work.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of physical values of heat and humidity (theory tests)
Skills to assess heat loss in building envelope structures and the possibility of condensation of moisture (independent work); to perform measurements of physical quantities and apply knowledge in calculations in work and research in the construction industry, to summarize and analytically describe the results (laboratory work)
Competence to assess the construction's compliance with climatic conditions (independent work)

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Temperature, internal energy and amount of heat (3h lect., 3h pract., 3h lab.)
2. Physical state of the substance (2h lect., 2h pract., 2h lab.)
3. Air humidity, its characteristic values (2h lect., 2h pract., 2h lab.)
4. Types of heat exchange (3h lect., 3h pract., 3h lab.)
5. Temperature distribution in a multi-layer wall (3h lect., 3h pract., 3h lab.)

6. Calculation of Moisture Condensation Rate. (3h lect., 3h pract., 3h lab.)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Written exam: extensive answers to 5 theory questions
The exam is passed if the student has acquired 50% of the program.
Only students who are in the semester are admitted to the exam:
1. Defended all laboratory work

2. Performed independent work

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1. Independent work. An individual assignment will be given in e-learning.

2. Laboratory work calculations, evaluation of results, formalization and independent acquisition of relevant theoretical questions.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The exam is done if at least 50% of the questions are answered right.
Independent work shall be assessed in accordance with the assessment procedure specified therein.

Compulsory reading

1. Valtera A. red. Fizika. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1992. 733 lpp.

2. Materiāli e-studijās

Further reading

Giancoli D. C. Physics Principles with Applications 6th Edition . Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education International/Prentice Hall, 2005. 946 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Terra. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte ISSN 977-1407-7191


Compulsory Course for the First level professional higher educational
programme “Civil Engineering”