Earthquake Engineering (CE440) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Earthquake Engineering CE440 3 0 0 3 6
Pre-requisite Course(s)
CE 202 Dynamics CE 321 Structural Analysis
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Question and Answer, Problem Solving.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Ertan SÖNMEZ
Course Assistants
Course Objectives To provide an overview of earthquake engineering principles as applied to the analysis and design of structures. Applicable concepts from seismology will be introduced including significant features of seismic ground motion.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Students will have an understanding of the fundamental factors controlling the response of structures subjected to ground motion.
  • Students will be able to formulate the equation of motion of single (SDOF) and multi-degree-of-freedom (MDOF) systems
  • Students will be able to apply numerical integration schemes to calculate the response history of a linear SDOF system subjected to earthquake ground motion
  • Students will be able to apply modal analysis to calculate the response history of the required response parameters.
  • Students will be able to apply the response spectrum analysis to obtain the peak values of the required response parameters.
  • Students will be able to write MATLAB programs to calculate the response of SDOF and MDOF systems subjected to excitations.
Course Content Seismic ground motion, introduction to earthquakes, causes of earthquake, seismic waves, factors affecting earthquake motion at a site, prediction of motion at a site, recording and processing of earthquake ground motion; single degree of freedom systems, formulation of the equation of motion, free vibration analysis.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 - Introduction to earthquakes - Causes of earthquake seismic waves, - Factors affecting earthquake motion at a site - Prediction of motion at a site - Recording and processing of earthquake ground motion Handout
2 SDOF Systems: - Formulation of the equation of motion 3-35
3 SDOF Systems: - Free Vibration Analysis (undamped and damped systems) - Damping in structures 35-52
4 SDOF Systems: - Earthquake response of linear systems - Time-step integration methods for linear-elastic systems 187-197
5 SDOF Systems: - Time-step integration methods for linear-elastic systems - Response Spectra 155-187
6 Multi-degree of freedom systems (MDOFs) - Formulation of the equation of motion 311-353
7 Multi-degree of freedom systems (MDOFs) - Free vibration - Natural vibration frequencies and modes - Orthogonality of modes - Normalization of modes 365-383
8 Multi-degree of freedom systems (MDOFs) - Computation of vibration properties 311-353
9 Multi-degree of freedom systems (MDOFs) - Modal Analysis 434-444
10 Multi-degree of freedom systems (MDOFs) - Modal Analysis 392-409
11 Multi-degree of freedom systems (MDOFs) - Response History Analysis 468-514
12 Multi-degree of freedom systems (MDOFs) - Response Spectra Analysis, modal superposition 444-467
13 Seismic design loads, design spectra; ground motion maps, seismic codes 468-514
14 Introduction to inelastic behavior 514-549
15 Final Exam Period
16 Final Exam Period


Course Book 1. Chopra, A.K., Dynamics of Structures - Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering, 3rd edition, 2007, Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Inc.
Other Sources 2. Clough, R.W. and Penzien J., Dynamics of Structures, 2nd edition, 1993, McGraw-Hill Inc.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 6 20
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 50
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 30
Toplam 9 100
Percentage of Semester Work 70
Percentage of Final Work 30
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Adequate knowledge in mathematics, science and engineering subjects pertaining to the relevant discipline; ability to use theoretical and applied knowledge in these areas in the solution of complex engineering problems. X
2 Ability to formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. X
3 Ability to design a complex system, process, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose. X
4 Ability to select and use modern techniques and tools needed for analyzing and solving complex problems encountered in engineering practice; ability to employ information technologies effectively. X
5 Ability to design and conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for investigating complex engineering problems or discipline specific research questions.
6 Ability to work efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; ability to work individually. X
7 Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; knowledge of a minimum of one foreign language; ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. X
8 Awareness of the need for lifelong learning; ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continue to educate him/herself. X
9 Knowledge on behavior according ethical principles, professional and ethical responsibility and standards used in engineering practices. X
10 Knowledge about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; awareness in entrepreneurship, innovation; knowledge about sustainable development.
11 Knowledge about the global and social effects of engineering practices on health, environment, and safety, and contemporary issues of the century reflected into the field of engineering; awareness of the legal consequences of engineering solutions. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 6 4 24
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 11 22
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 14 14
Total Workload 150