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Course Overview

The process of drilling an oil and gas well will be outlined. We will look at the surface equipment, downhole technologies and associated safety issues. Drilling fluids, casing and cementing the well, directional drilling etc. will be investigated

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Amin Sharifi

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The course provides students with an overview of rotary drilling system and associated drilling components. The types, selection and characteristics of drilling fluids are discussed, and the analysis of the flow of drilling fluids during drilling is presented. Strategies for the selection and design of casings, cementing methodologies as well as design and configuration of completion systems are introduced, with emphasis on safety implications. Challenges of directional and horizontal drilling methods and associated technologies are discussed. Students will learn the common issues in drilling operations, including drilling remediation and environmental impact and considerations.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Mech with European Studies)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Mechanical and Electrical)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Master of Engineering in Mech Eng with Euro Studs
  • Master of Engineering in Mech Eng with Subsea Technology
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical & Electrical Eng
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Eng with Management
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

47 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35
  • 1 Lecture during University week25
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 26 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 35

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (80%), continuous assessment (20%). The continuous assessment will comprise of laboratory practical on drilling fluids, and a class test.

Resit: 1 three-hour written examination paper (80%), continuous assessment (20%). In case of noncompletion or failure of the laboratory portion of the continuous assessment, stundents will be able to submit an equivalent written assignment.

Formative Assessment

Weekly tutorial question sheets covering core concepts in course.


a) Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the weekly tutorial/feedback sessions. b) Tutorial answer sheets will be posted in advance of the exam, and discussed during tutorial sessions. c) Students requesting feedback on their performance in the exam should make an appointment during the scheduled feedback session which will be announced within 4 weeks of the publication of the exam results.

Course Learning Outcomes


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