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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 Kejian Wu

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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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.

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 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 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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