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521080S X-ray Diffraction, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 521080S  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name X-ray Diffraction  Abbreviation X-ray Diffracti 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline4306 Electrical Engineering 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Electrical Engineering DP 

Juha Hagberg 
Jani Peräntie 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 132,5 hours of work

Language of instruction 

Finnish, English if needed


Autumn semester period 2. Lectured every other year. The next course will be held in autumn 2021.

Learning outcomes 

1. explain the general principles of interaction between X-rays and solid matter and the physics underlying behind these phenomena

2. explain how the crystal structure, phase ratio, grain size and stress state in a solid material with X-ray diffraction (XRD) method can be experimentally determined


Generation, detection and properties of x-rays. X-ray scattering and diffraction methods. Determination of crystal structure and phase composition. Analysis of grain size, texture and stresses. Electron and neutron diffraction.

Mode of delivery 

Lectures, exercises and laboratory work.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures and exercises altogether 32 h / laboratory work 18 h / self-access writing of work report 30 h / self-access learning 52,5 h.

Target group 

Primarily for students in Electronics and Communications Engineering.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Basic physics and mathematics.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

Lecture notes. For reference, parts from books B.E. Warren: X-ray diffraction, Addison-Wesley, 1969., B.D. Cullity and S.R. Stock: Elements of X-Ray Diffraction, 3rd Edition, 2001, Prentice Hall and some other books informed by lecturer.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Final grade of the course will be a weighted average of theoretical examination (2/3) and laboratory exercises (1/3).

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Juha Hagberg

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The course is held next in autumn 2019.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun X-ray Diffraction  Course  Juha Hagberg  02.11.21 -15.12.21

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