Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

CVE80019 12.5 Credit Points per subject Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours On-Campus + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23


Admission to a Postgraduate course 
Undergraduate Students

Aims and objectives

Earthquake disaster is increasingly of global concern as it threatens the world’s population, economy, and sustainable development. It is the responsibility of civil engineers to design and build earthquake-resistant structures, in order to minimize the earthquake risk. By reducing losses of lives and properties, socio-economical sustainability can be achieved. This unit provides the fundamental knowledge of the basic science of earthquakes and its effects on the natural and built environment. Basic theory of structural dynamics will be covered. Concepts and techniques of seismic analysis and design will be introduced.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Quantify the nature of earthquake hazard and ground motions (K1,K2,K3,K4,S1,S2,S3)
2. Analyse earthquake-generated forces on structures and evaluate their dynamic response to earthquakes (K1,K2,K3,K4,S1,S2,S3)
3. Apply seismic analysis techniques including equivalent static method and response spectrum analysis (K1,K2,K3,K4,K5,S1,S2,S3)
4. Explain seismic design philosophy and principles (K1,K3,K4,K5,S1,S2,S3)
5. Use earthquake design codes for basic seismic analysis (K1,K2,K3,K4,K5,K6,S1,S2,S3)
6. Describe the framework of performance-based earthquake engineering (K1,K3,K4,K5,K6,S1,S2,S3)
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.