Course Information
Course Title Code Semester T + P ECTS
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering CIV465 7 3 + 0 5

Prerequisites none

Language English
Level Bachelor's Degree
Type Area Elective
Coordinator Assist.Prof. Ö.FARUK ÇAPAR
Instructors Assist.Prof. Ö.FARUK ÇAPAR
Goals Earthquake forces developed in the soil structures become different depending on the local soil properties and thus design and construction methods that must be obeyed with respect to these above conditions change. Strength loss of the soil layers and ground improvement in the region that can be liquefied and making precautions on the design of the foundations and constructing the buildings with respect to these above mentioned are necessary in order to reduce the earthquake damages.
Contents Introduction to geotechnical earthquake engineering, Definition of the concepts, Sismology and earthquake, Strong motion, seismic risk analysis , seismic wave, Dinamic Soil Properties, Ground Spectrum Analysis, Local ground effect and ground motion, Liquifaction, Seismic Slope Stability, Ground İmprovement
Work Placement(s) Absent

Number Learning Outcomes
1 Make students be aware of the earthquakes and makes students took into account the earthquake effects in the projects that is going to be made after graduating
2 Being aware of failures with respect to soil occured in the working site during earthquake
3 Planning a suitable project and taking required precautions undesirable zone with regard to earthquake

Mode of Delivery Face-to-Face
Planned Learning Activities & Teaching Methods Course
Assessment Methods Exams

Course Content
Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to Earthquake Engineering
2 Seismic Risk and Damages
3 Stress-Strain and Shear Strength Characteristics
4 Dynamic Soil Testing
5 Soil Amplification
6 Liquefaction and Testing Methods
7 Measures taken in the liquefied soils
8 Foundation Design in Seismic Zones
9 Midterm Exam
10 Slope Stability Analysis For Earthquakes
11 Retaining Wall Analysis For Earthquakes
12 Other Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Analysis
13 Grading And Other Soil Improvement Methods
14 Eartquake Provisions In Building Codes

Textbook Day R., 2012."Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Handbook"
Additional Resources B.M.Das, 1993."Principles of Soil Dynamics"

Assessment System Quantity Percentage
In-Term Studies
Mid-terms 1 100
In-Term Total 1 100
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall 40
Contribution of Final Exam to Overall 60
Total 100

Course's Contribution to PLO
No Key Learning Outcomes Level
1 2 3 4 5
1 Has the sufficient background on mathematics, science and engineering in his own branch. x
2 Makes use of conceptual and applied knowledge in mathematics, science and in his own area in accordance for engineering solutions. x
3 Determines, defines, formulates and solves problems in engineering; fort his aim selects and applies the appropriate analytical models and modeling techniques. x
4 Analyses a system, system component or process and in order to meet the requirements, designs under realistic conditions; thus applies modern techniques of design. x
5 Selects and uses modern techniques and devices necessary for engineering applications. x
6 Designs and carries out experiments, collects data, analyzes and comments on the findings. x
7 Works effectively and individually on multi disciplinary teams. x
8 Accesses knowledge, and to do this, does research, uses databases and other data sources. x
9 Is aware of the importance of lifelong learning; follows advances in science and technology and updates his knowledge continuously. x
10 Uses communication and information technology at least at advanced level of European Computer Driving License. x
11 Communicates effectively both orally and in writing; uses a foreign language at least at B1 level of European Language Portfolio. x

Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load (h)
Course Duration 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 4 56
Mid-terms 1 20 20
Final examination 1 30 30
Total Work Load (h) 148
Total Work Load / 30 (h) 4.93
ECTS Credit of the Course 5