Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Seismology JFM 301 5 2 + 1 3 4
Precondition Courses None
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Compulsory
Course Coordinator Prof.Dr. GÜNDÜZ HORASAN
Course Lecturers Prof.Dr. GÜNDÜZ HORASAN,
Course Assistants Res.Asst.Emrah BUDAKOĞLU
Course Category
Course Objective To give basic knowledge on seismology
Course Content Historical background of seismology; Earthquake effects on earth surface; Seismic instruments; Determination of earthquake parameters; Theory of elasticity; Seismic waves: Body waves (P and S) and wave equation; Surface waves: Rayleigh and Love waves, dispersion of surface waves, group and phase velocity; Free oscillations of the Earth; Ray propagation in a layered and spherical medium, snells law, geometric spreading, attenuation; Reflected and refracted waves from earth crust and Mantel; Travel-time curves; Seismic spectrum and source parameters
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Can explain the effects of earthquake on the earth surface Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Testing,
2 Recognizes earthquake recorders and Can calculate earthquake parameters Lecture, Question-Answer, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Testing, Performance Task,
3 Recognizes body (P, S) and surface (Love, Rayleigh) waves, Can explain dispersion, phase and group velocity Lecture, Question-Answer, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Testing, Performance Task,
4 Recognizes waves propagation in the crust, mantle and core, Can calculate theoretical travel times of waves Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Motivations to Show, Problem Solving, Lecture, Question-Answer, Testing, Performance Task,
5 Can explain propagation of a ray in the layers, attenuation and Snell law Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Demonstration, Problem Solving, Testing,
6 Can explain source parameters Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Demonstration, Case Study, Testing,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Historical background of seismology, plate tectonics and description of earthquake
2 Earthquake effects on earth surface
3 Seismic instruments: seismograph system, seismometer, analog and digital recorders, seismograms, frequency response of instrument, seismic networks
4 Determination of earthquake parameters: epicentr location, origin time, focal depth, earthquake size: magnitude
5 Intensity, seismic moment, earthquake energy; relationship between intensity-magnitude-energy-acceleration
6 Theory of elasticity: stress and strain, the Hookes law, elastic parameters
7 Seismic waves: derivation of seismic wave equations for P- and S-waves, definition of concepts such as wavelength, period, amplitude
8 Surface waves: Rayleigh and Love waves
9 Dispersion of surface waves, group and phase velocity
10 Free oscillations of the Earth
11 Ray propagation in a layered and spherical medium, ray parameter, snells law, geometric spreading, attenuation
12 Reflected and refracted waves from earth crust and Mantel
13 Travel-time curves and their importance
14 Seismic spectrum and source parameters
Course Notes Lecture notes
Course Resources 1. Lay, T. & Wallace, T.C., 1995. Modern Global Seismology, Academic Press,
New York, 521 p.
2. Kulhanek, O., 1990. Anatomy of seismograms, Elsevier science publishers
B.V., ISBN 0-444-88375-4, 178 p.
3. Udias, A., Principle of Seismology, Cambridge University Press, 475 p.

4. Aki, K. and Richards, P. G., 2002, Quantitative Seismology, University Science Books, 700 p.

5. Shearer, P.M., 1999. Introduction to Seismology, Cambridge Univ. Press, 260 p.
6.Earthquake records
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. X
5 -Engineering graduates with skills in designing and conducting experiments, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting the results in order to evaluate engineering problems. X
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
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
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.
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 60
1. Kısa Sınav 10
2. Kısa Sınav 10
1. Performans Görevi (Uygulama) 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 1 16
Mid-terms 1 15 15
Quiz 2 5 10
Performance Task (Application) 1 1 1
Final examination 1 24 24
Total Workload 114
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 4.56
dersAKTSKredisi 4