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Course Overview

The course provides an understanding of the flow of hydrocarbon fluids through reservoir rocks and the interplay between the fluid and rock properties and reservoir performance.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Yingfang Zhou

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course provides students with an understanding of the properties of reservoir rocks and fluids. Fluid flow through hydrocarbon reservoirs and the interaction between the fluids and the reservoir is examined. The course introduces concepts such as porosity and permeability and combines Darcy’s law with conservation principles to establish the diffusion equation for porous media and the radial flow of compressible and nearly incompressible fluids – with the main focus on oil. Material balance equations are developed and used to confirm reserve estimations and drive mechanism assumptions. Secondary drive mechanisms are examined with particular focus on water flooding.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (80%), continuous assessment (20%).  A detailed breakdown will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Resit: The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


a)             Assessment grade and feedback comments will be provided on the coursework report.

b)            Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the weekly tutorial/feedback sessions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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