Introduction to Engineering Seismology

By Prof. Anbazhagan P   |   IISc Bangalore
Learners enrolled: 898
Introduction to Engineering Seismology is general course for anyone interested to know about earthquake. Initial part of study discusses about different seismic hazard, global seismicity and risk. Further gives theory behind earthquake, plate tectonics and seismic courses and fault. Theory of wave propagation and different types of earthquakes can also discuss in the course. Couse also covers quantification of earthquake size: Concept of Intensity and Magnitude; different earthquake scales. Seismic instruments, earthquake data and interpretation of seismic data. Source mechanism and simple source model differ predictive equations in seismology and Seismic hazard estimation with examples.Taking this course will help to understand earthquake hazard and know seismic optional of the region and better way of estimating the future seismic hazard.

Civil Engineering, Geology, Engineering Science, GeoPhysics, Earthquake Engineering
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : Any Company involved on seismic related studies
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to earthquake hazards- Global seismicity and Seismic risk, History of Engineering Seismology and Earthquake types
Week 2: Elastic Rebound Theory; Earthquake sources; Plate tectonics, and Plate Boundaries: Continental Drift
Week 3:  Theory of Wave Propagation Seismic wave propagation, Types of seismic waves, Wave characteristics and Shadow zones
Week 4: Concept of Earthquake Measurement, Seismic Intensity and Magnitudes Scales, Past earthquake Energy and Comparable Explosive tests 
Week 5: Earthquake Instruments, Sensors and Data Loggers, Mechanical and Digital sensors; Seismic Station
Week 6: Interpretation of Seismic Records: Identification of made events and natural earthquake; Time and frequency domain characteristic of ground motion
Week 7:  Regional Seismicity, Earthquakes in India and Most important Global Earthquakes; Concept of Seismic Zonation and Methodology for Seismic microzonation
Week 8: Predictive Models in Earthquake Engineering- Attenuation Relation; Intensity, Duration and Ground Motion Predictive Relations
Week 9: Earthquake Catalog preparation, Source Map preparation; Homogenization and Declustering of earthquake data and preparation of Seismotectonic maps
Week 10: Seismic Hazard Parameters: a and b values, Recurrence relations and Maximum magnitude: Region Specific Approach for estimation Parameters and Selection of predictive equations
Week 11: Seismic Hazard Analysis: Deterministic and Probabilistic Methods; Rupture based approach
Week 12: Seismic Hazard Analysis Case studies and Worked examples

Books and references

  • Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Steven L. Kramer
  • Earthquake Hazard Analysis: Issues and Insights, Leon Reiter

Instructor bio

Prof. Anbazhagan P

IISc Bangalore
I started my research on Engineering Seismology during my B.E project, continued all my research in the same area up to my PhD. After Joining at IISc, I offered new Course on Engineering Seismology, where basic about earthquakes and application research are being taught to students. I do research on several section of engineering seismology and published more than 75 papers, which I also included in my teaching course.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IISc Bangalore.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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