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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM054 Module Title: EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M95
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: RIGHINIOTIS T Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment





Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)





2 hour examination










Coursework – Two assignments










Qualifying Condition(s) 





An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.





Module Overview
No prior knowledge of structural dynamics is assumed. Knowledge of 2nd order ordinary differential equations, matrix algebra and the theory of eigen-analysis is essential. In order to carry out the first part of the coursework, students should have a basic grasp of either a computing language or a spreadsheet program. For the second part, students should be able to use a structural analysis program.
Module Aims

To study the problems of building in areas subject to earthquakes.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should be able to:-
  • demonstrate an understanding of the causes and nature of seismic loading.

  • demonstrate an understanding of the dynamic behaviour of structures and how to model this behaviour.

  • show an appreciation for the appropriate codes of practice.

  • apply Eurocode 8 and part of Eurocode 3 to design steel buildings against earthquake-induced loading

Module Content
  • Geology of the planet, plate tectonics, origin of earthquakes, measurement of earthquakes, probability of seismic loading. Behaviour and analysis of soils during seismic loading.


  • Free and forced vibrations of SDOF systems,generalised SDOF systems, Rayleigh’s method, time domain numerical methods and Newmarks’s method, earthquake response spectra, behaviour of MDOF systems and modal analysis.


  • Seismic design of steel structures according to EC8 and EC3 - material behaviour, member and connection behaviour, behaviour and design of steel frames.
  • Coursework, which combines both numerical and design aspects of earthquake engineering.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

25 hrs lectures, 5 hrs tutorial/question classes, 5 hrs practical work, 38 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and 75 hrs independent learning.





Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended background reading

Chopra A, Dynamics of Structures: Theory and applications to earthquake engineering, 2nd ed, Prentice Hall, 2001.  (ISBN 01308 69732)

Clough RW and Penzien J, Dynamics of Structures, 2nd ed, McGraw-Hill, 1993.  (ISBN 00701 13947)

Dowrick D J, Earthquake Resistant Design for Engineers and Architects, 2nd ed, Wiley, 1987.  (ISBN 04719 15033)


Last Updated

6 August 2010