Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Seismotectonic JFM 302 6 2 + 1 3 6
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Compulsory
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. MURAT UTKUCU
Course Lecturers Prof.Dr. MURAT UTKUCU,
Course Assistants Res.Asst. Fatih SUNBUL
Course Category Available Basic Education in the Field
Course Objective Aim of this course is to teach earthquake-tectonics relation and earthquake hazard.
Course Content What is seismotectonics? Stages of seismotectonic studies; earthquakes and their parameters; Magnitude and seismic moment in earthquakes and their seismotectonic importance; Classification of earthquakes and earthquake sequences; Seismicity parameters and their seismotectonic meanings; tsunami and tsunami hazard; Faults and general structure of continental fault zones; Fault activity and slip types; Earthquake focal mechanisms and applications; Plate tectonics, types of plate boundaries, hot spots, triple junctions, plate kinematics; earthquake hazard and risk, earthquake cycle and occurrence models; earthquake hazard maps and their importance; Seismotectonics of Turkey and surroundings.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Explains importance of earthquake for the tectonics studies. , , , ,
2 Calculates seismic moment and moment magnitude for a given faulting. , , , , ,
3 ) Interpretes 3-D seismicity distribution in view of the seismotectonic studies. , , , ,
4 Relates fault slip rates with the types of the earthquakes , , , , , ,
5 Solves a sample problem about earthquake focal mechanism from the P waves first motion polarities and infers sense of faulting. , , , , , ,
6 After making projection of focal mechanisms derived stress axes and slip vectors on the tectonic map for a given region, analyses them by means of seismotectonics studies. , , , , , , ,
7 ) Interprets seismotectonic from the focal mechanism solutions for a given region. , , , , ,
8 ) Determines type of the plate boundary from the spatial distribution of earthquake hypocenters and the focal mechanisms for a given plate boundary. , , , , ,
9 Makes a synthesis of fault extents, distribution and parameters of the seismicity and earthquake magnituds to interpret earthquake hazard.
10 Draws major seismotectonic elements of Turkey on a sheet of paper.
11 ) Relates properties of GPS crustal velocity field in Turkey and near vicinity with the earthquake focal mechansims.
12 Assesses earthquake hazard in Turkey
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 What is seismotectonics? Why seismotectonic studies are carried out and which stages they comprise?
2 What is an earthquake? Parameters defining earthquakes and its faulting
3 Magnitude and seismic moment in earthquakes and their seismotectonic importance, magnitude saturation.
4 Classification of earthquakes and earthquake sequences
5 Earthquake statistics, seismotectonic importance of seismicity parameters, tsunami and tsunami hazard analysis.
6 Faulting and sort of faults, structure of continental fault zones, seismicity along the continental fault zones.
7 Activity of faults and slip types.
8 Earthquake focal mechanism: Source models and representations, radiation patterns.
9 Earthquake focal mechanism: Focal mechanism from P wave first motions.
10 Earthquake focal mechanism: Examples and applications
11 Earthquake focal mechanism: Examples and applications
12 Plate tectonics: types of plate boundaries, hot spots, triple junctions, plate kinematics and their connection with the earthquake focal mechanisms.
13 Earthquake hazard and risk: earthquake cycle and occurrence models; forecasting and prediction of earthquakes, constructing earthquake hazard maps
14 Seismotectonics and earthquake hazard of Turkey and surroundings.
Course Notes
Course Resources
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 -Engineering graduates with sufficient knowledge background on science and engineering subjects of their related area, and who are skillful in implementing theoretical and practical knowledge for modelling and solving engineering problems. X
2 -Engineering graduates with skills in identifying, describing, formulating and solving complex engineering problems, and thus,deciding and implementing appropriate methods for analyzing and modelling. X
3 -Engineering graduates with skills in designing a complex system, process, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions to meet specific requirements; for this purpose, skills in implementing modern design methods.
4 -Engineering graduates with skills in developing, selecting and implementing modern techniques and tools required for engineering applications as well as with skills in using information technologies effectively.
5 -Engineering graduates with skills in designing and conducting experiments, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting the results in order to evaluate engineering problems.
6 -Engineering graduates who are able to work within a one discipline or multi-discipline team,as well as who are able to work individually X
7 -Engineering graduates who are able to effectively communicate orally and officially in Turkish Language as well as who knows at least one foreign language
8 -Engineering graduates with motivation to life-long learning and having known significance of continuous education beyond undergraduate studies for science and technology X
9 -Engineering graduates with well-structured responsibilities in profession and ethics X
10 -Engineering graduates having knowledge about practices in professional life such as project management, risk management and change management, and who are aware of innovation and sustainable development.
11 -Engineering graduates having knowledge about universal and social effects of engineering applications on health, environment and safety, as well as having awareness for juridical consequences of engineering solutions. X
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ödev 20
Total 20
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
1. Final 50
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 3 48
Mid-terms 1 14 14
Quiz 2 6 12
Assignment 1 8 8
Final examination 1 24 24
Total Workload 154
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 6.16
dersAKTSKredisi 6