Scope of the course is to introduce students to the basic theories and methods of soil dynamics and earthquake geotechnical engineering. Topics covered include wave propagation, ground response analyses, phenomena of ground failure like soil liquefaction, seismic instability of slopes, surface fault rupture.The course consists of lectures to illustrate the theory and tutorial sessions where the emphasis is on applications and problem solving. Each subject is illustrated with the support of experimental and observational evidences, mathematical modeling and well-documented case histories from major earthquakes worldwide drawn from the experience of the instructor.

The course aims at providing the fundamental  theoretical concepts and the mathematical tools for the analysis of relevant problems in the hydraulic engineering field.
At the end of the course is provided a brief introduction to recent numerical analysis techniques applied to the modelling of advanced problems in the hydraulic engineering field (e.g. multiphase flows, sediment scouring, debris flow, fluid-solid interaction, landslide generated waves).