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LAND 241 - Petroleum Fundamentals
Course Details

Course Code:

LAND 241


Precluded Courses:

Calendar Description:
This course provides a general overview of the petroleum industry from basic mineral geology through to production and transportation. The course introduces the learners to the early history of oil and gas production and the developments leading to our modern oil and gas era. The course will also introduce mineral and seismic exploration as well as drilling practices in the upstream sector of the industry. The downstream sector of the industry will be introduced as well and will include production, processing, transportation, refining, and marketing. Finally, sustainable development will be examined in terms of environmental and economic considerations.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 2.5
Field Experience Hours: 0.5

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This course is offered online:


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Course Content:
Historical Events Related to Oil and Gas Industry Development
- early history events prior to Leduc discovery (1947)
- historical events since Leduc discovery to present

Petroleum Origins and IBasic Geological Features of Reservoirs
- basic concepts of geology
- basic geological structures
- origins of petroleum resources
- drill cutting and core samples

Activities Associated with Initial Geophysical and Mineral Exploration
- mineral rights
- procedures for purchase of mineral rights
- procedures for acquisition of surface rights
- geophysical exploration
- procedures/steps associated with seismic surveying

Activities Associated with Drilling and Wellsite Completion
- components of a drilling rig and their purpose
- various types of drilling rigs and their purpose
- procedures/steps associated with drilling
- procedures/steps associated with wellsite completion and servicing
- procedures/steps required for wellsite abandonment
- considerations and requirements for abandoned site reclamation

Activities Associated with Industry Downstream Sector
(including production, processing, transportation, refining, and marketing)
- key considerations in production process
- procedures/steps associated with pipelining
- main pipeline transmission lines in Western Canada
- various processing and refining practices/facilities
- transportation and marketing of petroleum products

Environmental and Economic Concerns for Sustainable Development
- economic potential and sustainability of industry

Learning Outcomes:
- List some of the historical events related to oil and gas industry development
- Explain petroleum origins and identify basic geological features of reservoirs
- Describe activities associated with initial geophysical and mineral exploration
- Describe activities associated with drilling and wellsite completion
- Describe activities associated with industry downstream sector
- Explain environmental and economic concerns for sustainable development

Grading System:

Passing Grade:

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 20 %
Midterm Exam: 20 %
Assignments: 60 %

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Writing Assignments:
short answer assignments and essay

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Course Offered in Other Programs:

Text Books:
Required - Van Dyke, K., 1997, Fundamentals of Petroleum; ISBN#0-88698-162-X (Petroleum Extension Service, University of Texas, Austin, TX). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Centre for Energy Group, 2004, Our Petroleum Challenge - Exploring Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry (Petroleum Communication Foundation, Calgary, Alberta). Chapters Covered: All
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