First cycle
degree courses
Second cycle
degree courses
Single cycle
degree courses
School of Engineering
Course unit
IN01123598, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0505, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
bring this page
with you
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BASIC GEOLOGY AND SEISMOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge SILVANA MARTIN GEO/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines GEO/03 Structural Geology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Prerequisites: Mathematics, chemistry and physics courses.
Examination methods: one test 60 minutes long; a technical report regarding a geological argument chosen by the student; evaluation of the geological sections, projections of structural and seismic data carried out during the course and improved at home.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the acquired knowledge will be done through written exercises (sections, projections, diagrams, measurements) regarding the different arguments of the course . These will be collected weekly and reviewed by the teacher.
Course unit contents: •Earth structure and geodynamics. Element of cartography, tectonics, geomorphology, stratimetry and field analysis. Analysis of geological maps at various scales and legends. Geological profiles. Characterization of the rocks and sediments (chemistry, mineralogy and physical properties). Genesis and evolution of the sediments. Classification of the faults. Elements of geomechanics (Q, RQD, RMR, GSI etc). Elements of geophysics and geophysical survey. Earthquakes. Focal mechanisms. Magnitude evaluation. Seismicity related morphostructures (liquefation, morphological steps, radon etc). Hazard maps, accelerometric maps. Microzonation. Normative about seismicity.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Reading topographic and geological maps, drawing and interpretation of geological profiles, rock examination, field excursion to collect structural and geomechanic data, plot of structural and geomechanic data, visiting a seismic laboratory, analysis of data regarding landslide sites, analysis of reports of seismic survey.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Topographic maps, geologic maps, rock samples, structural and geomechanic data collected in the field, visit of a seismic laboratory, material regarding landslide sites, reports derived from seismic survey.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • L.G. de Vallejo, Geoingegneria. --: Pearson Prentice Hal,, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. Scholz, The mechanics of earthquakes and faulting. --: Cambridge,, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Rampolla, La pericolosità sismica. --: Liguori editore, 2008.
  • C.M.R. Fowler, The solid Earth. An introduction to Global Geophysics.. --: Cambridge, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • L. Scesi, M. Papini M., P.Gattinoni, Geologia applicata per ingegneri. Milano: Ambrosiana, 2006.