SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH224608
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to gain knowledge and understanding of the problems and solutions in attaining efficient earthquake-resistant structures and facilities. Earthquake engineering is one of the most visible aspects of the civil engineering field and one of the most easily illustrated due to the extent and variety of structural damage in earthquakes


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: -Origin of earthquakes and seismic ground motion -Damage Due to Ground Failure: Damage Due to Surface Faulting; Rail road's; -Irrigation Channels; Bridges; Lifelines; Buildings; Damage due to Liquefaction case studies -Damage due to Shaking: sliding superstructure on its foundation; Damage due to Structural Vibration; wood frame houses; Masonry structures ;concrete structures steel structures -Earthquake-resistant construction: Importance of Construction and maintenance; Comprehensive Approach to Earthquake-Resistant Construction; Importance of Conceptual Design -Guidelines for achieving efficient seismic-resistant design :Integral Action of the Soil-Foundation-Superstructure System; Importance of Integral Action of Foundation (Substructure)-Pile Foundations, Damage to Bridge Foundations and Supports ;Need for Tying Together the Superstructure ;Selection of Proper System & Configuration for the Superstructure; importance of construction aspects -Research and development needs

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:-Carryout Investigation on earthquake and propose solution for the damages problems encountered by earthquakes(A1, A3)-Understand the importance of a comprehensive approach to the problem of earthquake resistant construction(B2,B6,B7,C3 )-Carryout Planning, designing, constructing and managing earthquake-resistant structures and facilities(D1,D3,D6)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures .The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and analyzing different case studies relevant to the topic and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading

Indicative Reading

<Arnold, C., and Reitherman, " Building Configuration and Seismic Design ," John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1982. <Dowrick, D. J., " Earthquake Resistant Design ," John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1977. <George G. PenelisAndreas J. Kappos" Earthquake-resistant concrete structures" E& FN Spon, 1997 - Technology & Engineering <David J. Dowrick" Earth quake resistant design and Risk Reduction" 2009 John Wiley and Sons Some Helpful Web Sites: < <> > <

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: Development of problem-solving and application of knowledge to same Effective communication: written, graphical and oral Effective use of Information Technology Effective time management Independent working

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assigtnment is Module Based Design each student is assigned individual design task
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - Unseen written 1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - Unseen written - 2 Hours