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Course Overview

This course introduces students to the key issues surrounding being a geologist in the petroleum industry.  With the changing nature of hydrocarbon exploration and production, both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons are considered.  The key concepts of the origin and generation of hydrocarbons, reservoir rocks and subsurface reservoir structures (traps) are introduced, together with some of the key techniques used within the industry (e.g. reservoir geology, petrophysics and formation evaluation).  Practical issues such as how hydrocarbon wells are drilled and how rocks are sampled in the subsurface are also considered.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Joyce Neilson
  • Dr Stephen A. Bowden

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

  • The origin of petroleum including fundamental processes of organic deposition, thermal maturation, migration of fluids
  • Formation of the different types of traps for reservoired petroleum.
  • Conventional and Unconventional Hydrocarbons.
  • The use of wireline logging for remotely determining rock properties.
  • Exploration strategies and the role of the geologist.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 9 - 20
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 9 - 20

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Coursework (100%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Online Test (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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