Seismic Hazard and Engineering Seismology

Term: 2nd Semester – Academic Year 2020-2021

Instructor: Prof. V. Poggi (

Institution: OGS

CFU: 6

Duration: Tentatively form 12.04.2021 to 07.05.2021

Schedule: Syllabus


The course aims at providing the students with the essential knowledge and skills to face most
common seismology problems in engineering and applied geophysical practice. The course splits
into two main blocks. In the first module, hints of theoretical seismology are provided, with a
special focus on elastic wave propagation, e.g. body and surface wave solution, source
representation, attenuation; in the second module, more specialised topics of engineering interest
are discussed, such as intensity measures, ground motion prediction equations, seismic hazard
assessment (deterministic and probabilistic) and microzonation analysis.


The course is complemented by laboratory in-class activity, a number of selected readings and
homework assignments, with a focus on the use of the computer to solve simple problems of
seismological interest.


Advanced calculus and linear algebra are useful, although not a requirement for the course. The
course lab will make use of Python language for some exercises, therefore some familiarity with
computer programming is recommended.


The course is concluded by both a practical exercise and a written exam. The practical part consists in the discussion of a personal project developed during the laboratory hours of the course. The student is expected to present his elaboration to the class and to the examiner by means of a brief slide show (10min. plus some time for questions). The written exam consists of a test with multiple questions about specific topics, freely excerpt from the course program.


Class participation 10%
Project presentation 30%
Final Exam 60%

Reference textbooks

• Stein S., and M. Wysession. An Introduction to Seismology, Earthquakes, and Earth Structure. 1st
ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell, September 2002. ISBN 9780865420786.
• Kramer, S.L., Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Prentice Hall, 1996, ISBN 0133749436


The instructor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus as necessary.