Introduction to Oil & Gas


  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to Oil & Gas
    B. Course Number: ENGT 203 - 30804
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Mbroh, Duke
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: I do not keep regular office hours, but you may use Canvas to correspond with me. You may visit the Adjunct Faculty Office HH108C by appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    3 Credit Hours This course introduces students to the various aspects of the petroleum industry including equipment, systems, instrumentation, operations, and the various scientific principles. Topics covered will include a variety of petroleum technologies as they relate to exploration, drilling, production, transportation, marketing and hydrocarbon processing. Terms and phrases associated with the petroleum industry will also be covered.


    This is an introductory oil and gas course that will fulfill the requirements for the Energy Technology Degree at New Mexico Junior College. Transferability is based on target institution.



    The following are the required texts for this course & are provided by the instructor in the course files.

    Nontechnical Guide to Petroleum Geology, Exploration, Drilling and Production, Norman J. Hyne PhD, 2nd Edition
    Lecture Notes, SPE Papers, Worked Examples & Videos


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


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    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Discussions: 20% (230 points)
    Assignments: 20% (350 points)
    Tests (2): 30% (200 points)
    Final Exam: 30% (LockDown Browser and Monitor Required) (200 points)

    Total Points: 980 points

    No late work will be accepted

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    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The objectives for students in this course is to:
    1. Accurately solve problems using foundational mathematics, physical sciences, and energy technology concepts.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of environmental safety in regards to energy industry processes and procedures.
    3. Conduct, analyze, and/or interpret real world scenarios and case studies or laboratory experiments.
    4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills using specific energy technology terminology.
    5.Demonstrate knowledge of energy systems and operations.


    By the end of this course students should be able to explain:
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the various aspects and terminology in the Petroleum Industry.
    2. Explain the basics of Exploration, Drilling, Production, Marketing, and Hydrocarbon Processing.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

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    This outline is tentative and subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

    Module 1

    Week 1: The Origin of Oil and Gas
    • History of Oil and Gas
    • Properties of Oil and Gas
    • Oil and Gas Terminology, and Measurements

    Assignment on History of Oil & Gas = 30 points
    Assignment on Properties of Oil & Gas = 40 points
    Discussion on API Gravity of Crude Oil = 30 points

    Module 2
    Week 2: Basic Petroleum Geology
    • Different Rock Formations that Oil and Gas are produced in
    • Hydrocarbon Traps
    • Mineral Ownership and Leasing

    Assignment on Rock Formation and Hydrocarbon Traps = 60 points
    Assignment on Mineral Ownership & Leasing = 10 points
    Discussion on Rock Formation and Porosity = 30 points

    Module 3
    Week 3: Basics of Drilling a Well
    • Formation Evaluation and Testing
    • From Surface to Production Casing

    Assignment on Drilling Operations - Surface to Production Casing = 50 points
    Assignment on Formation Evaluation and Testing = 10 points
    Discussion on Wellbore Pressure and Annular Volume = 40 points

    Module 4
    Week 4: Basics of Well Completions, Stimulation and Production
    • Basics of Oilwell Cementing
    • Hydraulic Fracturing and Acidizing
    • Drive and Lifting Mechanisms
    • Surface Equipments

    Assignment on Cementing, Fracturing, Drive and Lift Mechanisms = 50 points
    Assignment on Surface Equipment = 10 points
    Discussion on Cementing Operations = 40 points

    Test 1 = 100 points

    Module 5
    Week 5: Oil and Gas Transportation
    • Different Methods of Transporting Oil and Gas
    • Current Events in the Oil & Gas Industry

    Assignment on Different Methods of Transporting Oil & Gas = 30 points
    Discussion on Different Methods of Transporting Oil & Gas, and Events in the Industry = 20 points

    Module 6
    Week 6: Oil and Gas Refining and Marketing
    • Crude Oil Refining
    • Gas Processing
    • Economics of Oil and Gas

    Assignment on Crude Oil Refining and Gas Processing = 40 points
    Assignment on Economics of Oil and Gas = 20 points
    Discussion on Economics of Oil and Gas, Crude Oil Refining = 30points

    Test 2 = 100 points

    Module 7
    Week 7-8: Overview of the Petroleun Industry
    • Review for Final Exam

    Final Exam = 200 points

    Final Exam: October 10th