GE1313 - Earthquakes

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 3: Science and Technology
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course introduces students to earthquakes in aspects related to science, engineering and the society. Science aspects include the origin of earthquakes and their geographical distribution, how they propagate through the earth crust and affect human beings. Engineering and social aspects cover the common methods used for quantifying and monitoring earthquakes, their damage on constructed facilities, preparedness and disaster mitigation strategies. Teaching and learning activities include formal lecture, discussion, and experimental demonstration. Students from all disciplines are welcome. Students shall pursue a topic of their own interest and background in a group project with presentation, which will allow them to consolidate the materials learnt in the course for learning development in their own discipline of focus.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 70%
Examination: 30%
Examination Duration: 1 hours
To pass a course, a student must obtain minimum marks of 30% in both coursework and examination components, and an overall mark of at least 40%.
Detailed Course Information


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