Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Geology and Mechanics Of Earthquake JFM 438 8 3 + 0 3 5
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. MURAT UTKUCU
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants Res.Asst. Fatih SUNBUL
Course Category Available Basic Education in the Field
Course Objective Understand earthquake phenomena that constitutes the first step of the understanding of earthquake hazard, its mitigation and related precautions.
Course Content Global distribution of earthquakes; Basic concepts (stress, strain, friction etc) in rock mechanics; Rheology and segmentation of continental fault zones, discontinuities causing segmentation in fault zones and asperity concept, characteristic earthquake and fault slip models; Methods and instruments used by earthquake geology; Examples from case studies about effects of fault zone structure on earthquake ruptures; Earthquake source representations, earthquake scaling and self-similarity of earthquakes, relating complex earthquake ruptures with fault zones; importance of stress interactions in earthquakes and earthquake triggering.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Understanding of relating earthquake with their faulting. Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing,
2 Comprehend how to interpret earthquake relations. Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Importance of Earthquake geology and mechanics from earthquake hazard point of view
2 Earthquake geography and plate tectonics
3 Stress, strain, friction, Coulomb failure criteria and Griffith cracks.
4 Fault mechanics: Fault rheology and continental fault model
5 Fault mechanics: Fault zone heterogeneity and discontinuities.
6 Segmentation of fault zones, fault steps and bends, asperities, characteristic earthquakes and models of fault slippage.
7 Methods and instruments used by earthquake geology: Tectonic geodesy (1) and Geochronology (2).
8 Methods and instruments used by earthquake geology: Neotectonics (3) and Paleoseismology (4).
9 Effects of fault zone structures on earthquake ruptures: global examples.
10 Effects of fault zone structures on earthquake ruptures: global examples.
11 Geomorphology of fault types and coseismic structures.
12 Earthquake mechanics: Kinematic and dynamic approaches.
13 Earthquake scaling and self-similarity of earthquakes
14 Complex earthquake ruptures and earthquake stress interactions.
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.
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. Ara Sınav 60
1. Kısa Sınav 10
2. Kısa Sınav 10
1. Ödev 20
Total 100
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 2 32
Mid-terms 1 8 8
Quiz 2 5 10
Assignment 1 6 6
Final examination 1 12 12
Total Workload 116
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 4.64
dersAKTSKredisi 5