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Unit information: Engineering Seismology in 2020/21

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Unit name Engineering Seismology
Unit code CENGM0041
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. De Risi
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Students will be able to understand the key concepts of engineering seismology and probabilistic seismic hazard analysis and carry out seismic hazard assessment for a seismic region by themselves. Students will be able to develop their own computer codes for probabilistic seismic hazard analysis using MATLAB as part of computer labs and coursework. They will gain the practical understanding of the subjects and technical computational skills.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will;

1. be able to understand the analytical framework and method of probabilistic seismic hazard analysis,

2. be able to understand the outputs from the probabilistic seismic hazard analysis in the context of earthquake and geotechnical engineering,

3. be able to understand the components of probabilistic seismic hazard analysis and apply suitable methods to develop such model components using data,

4. be able to conduct probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for a seismic region and produce a written report on the seismic hazard assessment.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

Coursework (100%)

Please note that regular formative feedback will be provided through teaching activity such as simple exercises and optional activities.

Reading and References

Musson, R.M.W., and Sargeant, S. L. (2007). Eurocode 8 Seismic Hazard Zoning Maps for the UK. Technical Report CR/07/125, British Geological Survey, Nottingham, United Kingdom. Available at:

Kramer, S.L. (1996). Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. Prentice Hall, NJ.

McGuire, R.K. (2008). Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, CA.

Nowak, A.S., and Collins, K.R. (2013). Reliability of Structures. CRC Press, NY.