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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CIVE5913M Design and Management of Structures in Earthquake Zones

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Nikolaos Nikitas

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

PgDip/MSc students:
A Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) accredited BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering or related subject (minimum pass level: lower second class honours) or IEng, AMIStructE with relevant practical experience (in structural engineering).

Note: JBM represents the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CIVE5013MDesign and Management of Structures in Earthquake Zones

This module is not approved as an Elective


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. develop a basic understanding of the fundamentals of structural dynamics and earthquake engineering;
2. develop a basic understanding in the use of finite elements in applied dynamics;
3. obtain a basis for the application of engineering dynamics in practical engineering situations;
4. develop an understanding the evaluation criteria for earthquake damaged structures;
5. obtain a knowledge of current retrofitting methods and how to apply them.

Skills outcomes
- Ethical Awareness
- Flexibility
- Independent Working
- Initiative
- Planning and Organisation
- Professionalism
- Research SKills
- Self Awareness
- Social/Cultural Sensitivity
- Team Working
- Time Management
- Use of Knowledge


Introduction to the field of structural dynamics; principles of design and earthquake engineering; (case studies and worked examples).

Applied dynamics (case studies); interpretation of dynamic analysis; introduction to the specialist fields of dynamics.

DAY 3 and DAY 4
- Earthquake design in concrete and steel to international codes.
- Design and analysis of a structure in an earthquake zone using ETABS SAP2000.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours112.50
Total Contact hours37.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

75 hours - Coursework
30 hours - Exam revision
15 hours - Reading

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored by interaction at all times during the 4 days. However, specifically it is monitored using class tutorials (typically 1 hour) during the first 3 days; the final, fourth day is composed of a half day tutorial exercise where all of the main points of the course are revisited and their understanding is assessed.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case StudyCoursework based on case study25.00
Case StudyCoursework based on case study25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Resit: 100% online time-limited assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Resit: 100% online time-limited assessment

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:33:56


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