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1st Semester.

A100 Business Environment

Module A111: Energy Policy

The course uses as its central theme the "colors" of the petroleum industry. For example, the industry's financial impact on the global economy is based on the idea that the color of oil is green (the color of money). A technical chapter on exploration and production is based on the idea that the color of oil is black. A chapter on the U.S. impact on the oil industry begins with the idea that the color of oil is red, white and blue.



Module A112: Environment

This course focuses on the environmental issues and management approaches associated with oil and gas exploration and production operations and defines the global framework for envionmental management (regulatory and corporate approach) through reference to information developed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and a range of NGOs. It covers two sectors of the industry: 'upstream' (exploration and production) and 'downstream' (refining and processing of crude oil and gas products, distribution and marketing) and comprises the following key topics:

•    Management Systems
•    Leadership and committment
•    Policy and strategic objectives
•    Organisation, resources and documentation
•    Evaluation and risk management
•    Planning
•    Implementation and monitoring
•    Audit and review


It then covers operational practices and procedures such as the environmental protection measures implemented on-site and investigates the operational considerations associated with:

•    Pollution prevention and cleaner production
•    Waste treatment and disposal techniques
•    Oil spill contingency planning
•    Decommissioning and rehabilitation
•    Environmentally sensitive areas


Module A115: Oil Spill Clean-Up

Constant media attention on oil spills has created global awareness of their risks and the damage they do. Often under-reported is the average cost of the cleanup - often as high as $200 per liter of oil spilled. Oil is a necessity in today's industrial society, and since our dependence on it is not likely to and any time soon, we will continue to have spills. This indispensable reference supplies the information required to proceed with cleanup efforts immediately.
This course provides the tools for remediating the on-and off-shore oil spills that can threaten sensitive coastal habitats. It highlights the effects of oil on the environment and wildlife and a glossary of technical terms. Students will be able to understand the different techniques required based on the type of oil spilled and the environmental circumstances involved in the spill.


Module A116: Hazard and Operability

This course is intended to provide guidance to HAZOP (Hazard and Operability) and What-If review teams associated with the petroleum, petrochemical and chemical industries. It describes the nature, responsibilities, methods and documentation required in the performance of such reviews. This ensures the reviews are conducted in a timely, effective and professional manner as may be prescribed by a company's Process Safety Management (PSM) Policy. The safety of petroleum and chemical facilities is an important part of a company's operations. Recent worldwide petrochemical safety regulations and a company's own process safety management policies would require that a process hazard analysis (PHA) review of its existing and proposed petroleum operations be accomplished. The limits of hazardous sub-stances cited by both the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations dictate the applications of process safety management elements at almost all of a company's facilities.


Module A117:

Safe Transportation of Petroleum Products and Natural Gas

Petroleum products and natural gas are the main energy resources throughout the world. The need of these products are not only near the areas of their production, but distributed everywhere. Therefore transportation of petroleum products and natural gas plays a significant role in these industries. Since physicochemical properties of these products involve hazards that can result in large fires and explosions, safety during transportation is of major concern. In this module the various modes of transportation of petroleum products and natural gas will be presented. Special attention will be given in the road and rail transport of petroleum products, as well as pipeline transportation and shipping of liquefied natural gas.

Special Seminar: Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are substances and articles that can pose a threat to public safety, human health and the environment, in case of a release following an incident or an accident. The risks involved in the transportation of dangerous goods are mainly due to their physicochemical properties or the transport conditions (pressure and temperature). In order to increase the safety level during transportation of dangerous goods, specific procedures should be followed and special requirements should be met. This course is intended to provide general information about codes, standards and regulations covering the safe transport of dangerous goods, as well as a thorough understanding of dangerous goods categorization along with the specific hazards involved. Also, valuable information found in this course includes packaging and vehicle specifications for dangerous goods transportation and specific training requirements for all personnel involved in the transport activities.


Module A121: Petroleum Economics

The petroleum industry is arguably the most influential and important industry in the world. This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the economics of oil and natural gas extraction and production along with a detailed discussion of pricing, taxing, and markets of these most valuable commodities. The optimization of the time profile of revenues from individual fields is discussed along with the development of oil pricing, tax systems, and oil and natural gas regulation. This course will be of great value to petroleum engineers, students in business and economics, policy makers, and anyone else interested in the future of petroleum production.


Module A122: Oil Accounting

Basic principles are widely understood in the financial industry, but the terminology and analytical techniques can vary greatly. This course is for the nonfinancial shareholders, managers, and oil company employees interested in the forces that influence stock values. The bottom line in any company is expressed in the language of finance. This course explains financial concepts in a nontechnical, practical way so that nonfinancial professionals and others may understand and appreciate this aspect of the business.
The valuable information found in this course includes:
•    Abbreviations and expanded definitions of key terms
•    Energy conversion factors
•    Reporting systems & statements
•    Stock tables explained



A200 General Management

Module A210: Leadership

Leadership is leadership, no matter where you go or what you do. Times change. Technology marches forward. Cultures vary from place to place.  This course focuses in:
1. The laws can be learned. Some are easier to understand and apply than others, but every one of them can be acquired.
2. The laws can stand alone. Each law complements all the others, but you don't need one in order to learn another.
3. The laws carry consequences with them. Apply the laws, and people will follow you. Violate or ignore them, and you will not be able to lead others.
4. These laws are the foundation of leadership. Once you learn the principles, you have to practice them and apply them to your life.
Whether you are a follower who is just beginning to discover the impact of leadership or a natural leader who already has followers, you can become a better leader.



Module220: Operation management

This course sets the standards in Operations Management. Expert authorship, an engaging writing style, and an interesting collection of cases combine to communicate the importance of managing operations and processes within a successful organization. Operations Management course provides a strategic perspective, whilst also examining the practical issues which organizations face on a day to day basis.


Module230: Change Management

Creating change is a very challenging task in today’s organizations. For so long, organizations have focused on creating and training traditional managers who were taught to plan, budget, organize, staff, control, and problem-solve. This course underscores that there is a vast difference between managers and leaders. Management deals with status quo issues, but leaders deal with change. Leadership is a life-long process of development. In order to develop the next generation of leadership, companies must allow a person to grow within the organization. Successful organizations in the twenty-first century will have to become incubators for people who have leadership potential. New leaders will need to take new risks. Contemporary organizations will have more leadership and fewer managers in the coming decades. They will promote empowerment for all employees and will have mutual respect for everyone, in a system in which people managing themselves embrace change. Ideas will come from all employees, not just from upper management in board rooms.



Module: A300 Strategic Management

This course is a skills-oriented, practitioner perspective on strategy, thoroughly updated with current research and concepts. In today's economy, gaining and sustaining a competitive advantage is harder than ever. Strategic Management captures the complexity of the current business environment and delivers the latest skills and concepts with unrivaled clarity, helping students develop their own cutting-edge strategy through skill-developing exercises and cases. The course explores the current global recession and shows how it has affected the business environment.


Module: A400 Oil and Gas Industry

Module A410: Oil and Gas Management


Despite its size and importance, a surprising lack of basic knowledge exists about the oil and gas industry. This course help readers with technical backgrounds better understand the business of oil and gas. It describes and analyzes the global oil and gas industry, focusing on its strategic, financial, and business aspects and addressing a wide range of topics organized around the oil and gas industry value chain, starting with exploration and ending with products sold to consumers.



Module A421: Oil & Gas Contract Law

This course examines all major aspects of law governing oil and gas. It provides original explanatory materials, A Brief Introduction to the Scientific and Engineering Background of Oil and Gas Law, Energy Policy, The Nature and Protection of Interests in Oil and Gas, The Oil and Gas Lease A Close Look at Its More Important Clauses, Covenants Implied in Oil and Gas Leases, Title and Conveyancing Problems Arising From Transfers by Fee Owners and Lessors, Transfers Subsequent to a Lease, Pooling and Unitization, and Public Lands.

This course focuses on the legal rules that govern the development of privately owned mineral rights, which often also apply to governmentally owned resources. It covers topics such as the nature, protection, and conveying of oil and gas rights, leasing, and taxation.



Module A431: Marketing

Today's marketing challenge is creating vibrant, interactive communities of consumers who make products and brands a part of their daily lives. Students learn how to create customer value, target the correct market, and build customer relationships. The changing nature of consumer expectations means that marketers must learn how to build communities in addition to brand loyalty.  Today’s marketers need to make use of all the latest technologies in order to find and capture their market. By creating customer value and building an interactive community, they can develop lasting and profitable relationships with consumers.



ModuleA432: Oil Trading

This course provides a ground-level view of the way oil markets really work. It explains not only the impact of product regulations on markets, but shows the way in which the trade is carried out in financial markets, such as the Brent forward market.


A500 Research Methods

Module A511: Multivariate Data Analysis

This course provides students with the information they need to understand and apply multivariate data analysis. Moreover, provides an applications-oriented introduction to multivariate analysis for the non-statistician. By reducing heavy statistical research into fundamental concepts, the text explains to students how to understand and make use of the results of specific statistical techniques.

BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS examines a variety of research methods that can be utilized across business functions including marketing, finance, management, and accounting. The course demonstrates how the practice of business research aids managers in making critical business decisions in our new digital age.


Module A521: Mathematics

This course covers begins with an overview of classical reservoir engineering and basic reservoir simulation methods and then progresses through a discussion of types of flows—single-phase, two-phase, black oil (three-phase), single phase with multicomponents, compositional, and thermal. The Mathematics course provides a thorough glossary of petroleum engineering terms and their units, along with basic flow and transport equations and their unusual features, and corresponding rock and fluid properties. The practical aspects of reservoir simulation, such as data gathering and analysis, selection of a simulation model, history matching, and reservoir performance prediction, are summarized.




Module A531: Critical Thinking and Creativity

Critical thinking skills are essential in virtually any field of study or practice where individuals need to communicate ideas, make decisions, and analyze and solve problems. This course outlines the necessary tools for students to become critical as well as creative thinkers. By gaining a practical and solid foundation in the basic principles that underlie critical thinking and creativity, students will become equipped to think in a more systematic, logical, and imaginative manner. Creativity is needed to generate new ideas to solve problems, and critical thinking evaluates and improves an idea. These concepts are uniquely introduced as a unified whole due to their dependence on each other. The course also serves as a self-contained study guide for readers interested in the topics of critical thinking and creativity as a unified whole.


2nd Semester




Module B112: Petroleum Geochemistry

This course provides a comprehensive account of the role that biomarker technology plays both in petroleum exploration and in understanding Earth history and processes. Biomarkers and Isotopes in Petroleum Exploration and Earth History itemizes parameters used to genetically correlate petroleum and interpret thermal maturity and extent of biodegradation. It documents most known petroleum systems by geologic age throughout Earth history. The Petroleum Geochemistry course is an invaluable resource for geologists, petroleum geochemists, biogeochemists, and environmental scientists.


Module B121: Formation Evaluation

This course provides a firm foundation in formation evaluations. It covers the primary wireline logging measurements, their response relations, applications and limitations. Also discusses coring practices and mud logging and how to integrate this data with wireline log measurements for rock typing and evaluation.



Module B123: Well Logs

An indispensable tool, this module introduces the three primary phases of well-logging technology to engineering and geosciences students. It offers an in-depth study of the electric, radioactive, and acoustic properties of sedimentary rocks. Mathematical and empirical models relate a formation property of interest to the property measured with the logging tool. Openhole logging techniques are covered, along with concepts of traditional and modern tools.


Module B130: Porous Media

This course examines the relationship between transport properties and pore structure of porous material. Models of pore structure are presented with a discussion of how such models can be used to predict the transport properties of porous media. Practical applications are given where applicable, and are expected to be useful for a large number of different fields, including reservoir engineering, geology, hydrogeology, soil science, chemical process engineering, biomedical engineering, fuel technology, hydrometallurgy, nuclear reactor technology, and materials science.

Key Features
* Presents mechanisms of immiscible and miscible displacement (hydrodynamic dispersion) process in porous media.
* Examines relationships between pore structure and fluid transport.
* Considers approaches to enhanced oil recovery.
* Explores network modeling and perolation theory.


B200 Well Architecture

Module B211: Drilling Engineering

An industry and academic standard, this course presents engineering science fundamentals as well as examples of engineering applications involving those fundamentals.


B300 Well Production

Module B311: Production Technology

Production Technology course provides extensive coverage of well deliverability from oil, gas and two-phase reservoirs, wellbore flow performance, modern well test and production log analysis, matrix stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, artificial lift and environmental concerns.


Module B313: Natural Gas Production Eng.

Geared to upper-level undergraduate courses, this course offers a comprehensive and rigorous treatment of the technology involved in producing, transporting, and storing natural gas. Emphasizing a systems approach, the text also considers the theory and actual practice of natural gas engineering.


Module B314: Electrical Submersible Pumps

The prefect companion for new engineers who need to develop and apply their skills more efficiently or experienced engineers who wish further develop their knowledge of best practice techniques, this course covers basic electrical engineering, hydraulics and systems analysis before addressing pump components such as centrifugal pumps, motors, seals, separators, and cables.



Module B320: Well Stimulation

An exploration of the quantitative aspects of oil well stimulation processes.



B400 Reservoir Characterization


Module B411: Reservoir engineering

The job of any reservoir engineer is to maximize production from a field to obtain the best economic return. To do this, the engineer must study the behavior and characteristics of a petroleum reservoir to determine the course of future development and production that will maximize the profit. Fluid flow, rock properties, water and gas coning, and relative permeability are only a few of the concepts that a reservoir engineer must understand to do the job right, and some of the tools of the trade are water influx calculations, lab tests of reservoir fluids, and oil and gas performance calculations. This course provides solid information and insights into reservoir engineering for petroleum engineers and engineering students. It goes beyond fundamental principles to emphasize intuitive understanding and practical interpretation. Numerous examples from a wide variety of applications demonstrate the performance of processes under dynamic conditions.



Module B421: Enhanced Oil Recovery

This course should be useful for the training of new engineers and petroleum engineering students, as it provides necessary data for designing a stimulation treatment. It includes practical problems on reservoir and well considerations, rock mechanics, fracturing fluids and proppants, fracture calibration treatments, design and modeling of propped fractures, evaluation of fracture treatments, design of matrix treatments, diversion and treatment evaluation, design and performance of acid fractures and stimulation of horizontal wells.




Groups of about 5 students will carry out lab research in topics related to petroleum engineering and geosciences. Through this exercise, students gain experience by putting hand-on the facilities (please consult our list). It is also an opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills such as teamwork, presentation and negotiation. During a group project students have 24/7 access to our high-tech instruments. Assessment is by means of a written report and by group presentation.



3rd Semester



Students are required to carry out a detailed investigation of some topic related to petroleum geosciences or engineering. Projects normally include a wide choice of experimental research, data analysis, and discussion of the results. Assessment is by means of both thesis and viva voce. Best work may have the chance to be published on Journal of Engineering Science and Technology Review or elsewhere.