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Course Overview

This course provides students with understanding of analytical methods that can be used to assess different improved hydrocarbon recovery methods and identify the principal mechanisms controlling the performance of producing oil and gas reservoirs.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Roozbeh Rafati

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either EG3596 Reservoir Engineering I - Fundamentals (Passed) or EP3596 Reservoir Engineering I - Fundamentals (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG4019 Reservoir Engineering II: Performance (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course provides students with advanced topics in reservoir engineering and associated modelling techniques. Primary drive mechanisms and material balance equations are briefly revised and extended to include water influx modelling.  Aquifer issues are explored. The concepts of secondary recovery methods are introduced. Relative permeability concepts are extended and two phase flow equations based on the Buckley-Leverett approach are developed. The Welge graphical method is explained and applied. The principles of water flooding design are explored. Numerical methods for solving the diffusion equation for compressible fluid flow are discussed.  Students are introduced to the methodology of reservoir simulation using industry standard software packages.

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1 three-hour written examination paper (90%), continuous assessment (10%).

The continuous assessment will be based on the computer simulation of hydrocarbon recovery mechanisms.

Resit: 1 three-hour written examination paper (90%) and the continuous assessment mark from the first attempt (10%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


a) Assessment grade and feedback comments will be provided on the coursework report within two weeks of submitting the 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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