MEng Civil Engineering

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Earthquake Engineering

Course unit fact file
Unit code CIVL40912
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This module brings together theoretical fundamentals, engineering practice and code regulations for aseismic designs and enables students to understand the philosophy of earthquake resistant design and appreciate the behaviour of structures subjected to earthquake actions. One of the top structural engineers in the UK will deliver the practical aspects of the unit and show many practical cases. Advanced structural concepts, such as resonance and vibration reduction, will be demonstrated using physical models. MIDAS will be used to conduct earthquake resistant design of a frame structure based on Eurocode 8. The module will equip students with advanced knowledge in earthquake engineering to meet the challenging of engineering aseismic designs.


For students to understand the fundamentals of earthquake engineering, the methods of analysis and design of structures for earthquake resistance.
For students to be able to use the spectral method in Eurocode 8 (Design of Structures for Earthquake Resistance) for the analysis and design of structures through both hand and computer methods.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Report 20%

Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided together with the returns of two coursework submissions. In addition to written feedback. Two one-hour tutorials will be given to complement the written feedback.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
eAssessment 15
Lectures 24
Project supervision 15
Tutorials 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 84

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Tianjian Ji Unit coordinator

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