1.0 Programme Overview
The BSc. in Oil, Gas and Energy Management provides a broad training in Oil, Gas and Energy industry matters; especially those pertaining to how small oil companies can work with National Oil Companies (NOCs) and energy ministries to better exploit hydrocarbon resources. In this respect training in commercialization strategies, economics and law will be important, as will an understanding of how science and technology can be applied to improve hydrocarbon exploration success and recovery in a sustainable manner.
The course addresses Oil, Gas and Energy from the business administration and management perspective. Adding to the uniqueness of this three-year programme is the incorporation of at least two (2) month field placements at the end of each of the first two years of study.
The first year offers fundamental academic grounding in business, accounting, economics, law and petroleum geosciences studies, whereas the second and third years of the programme feature courses that are specifically-tailored to fit the needs of the Oil, Gas and Energy business.
Important topics on the identified modules have been developed to provide a distinctive learning experience for students. Learning outcomes are complemented by the inclusion of an independent final year project.
The programme will be offered only through a full time mode of study, and is designed for completion over three years with each year comprising of two main semesters running for 17 weeks each. A student who completes 80% of a particular academic year will be eligible to enroll for the field placement. Students can apply for field attachment exemption if they have working experience. Upon the completion of the programme, the graduates will receive a BSc (Hons.) specialized in Oil, Gas and Energy Management.
Energy is an indispensable input for economic growth and social development. This is even more important in Africa which is endowed with vast quantities of both fossil and renewable energy resources. Moreover two-thirds of global energy requirements are met with Oil and Gas supplies, with Africa producing approximately 12% of the total global energy. Africa’s rich oil ﬁelds and the prospects for more discoveries have transformed it into an important player and a key “target” in global oil production and resource extraction. Signiﬁcant oil deposits have been found in the Albertine Graben in Uganda and other parts of Africa such as the western part of Ghana (offshore), South Africa, Gabon, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Continued high demand in the western world coupled with accelerating demand in emerging economies is projected to cause global energy consumption to increase by 50% in the first quarter of this century. Against a backdrop of increasing demand for energy and rising energy prices, governments have to put in place policies and regulations that will ensure sustained growth in activity and competitiveness in the industry.
Lack of skilled labour has been identified as a major factor that can hinder the growth of the oil and gas industry in a country. St. Augustine International University is rising to meet this challenge by providing training in Oil, Gas and Energy Management. Institutions of higher learning in Uganda have a very limited number of programs for training in Oil, Gas and Energy management with many interested in this type of training travelling abroad. This program therefore offers an opportunity for students to access training at a cheaper cost while gaining a highly sought after qualification in the Oil, Gas and Energy industry.
The BSc. in Oil, Gas and Energy Management lays the foundation for prospective careers in the Oil, Gas and Energy industry. The program offers students a springboard into the rapidly changing and invigorating world of energy exploration, Oil, Gas and Energy project management, marketing, organization and retailing of products concerned with the extractive industries.
To produce graduates who will have appropriate competencies to address the management needs of the Oil, Gas and Energy sector in Uganda, the region and globally.
Objectives of the Program
- To produce knowledgeable and competent graduates, well prepared to practice management in the Oil, Gas and Energy Sector
- To produce graduates with essential skills to create jobs/wealth through innovation, diversity and professional growth.
- To develop graduates with self-confidence and the ability to present efficient, logical answers to complex problems
- To produce graduates with sound knowledge of Oil, Gas and Energy management and an appreciation of its significance in social, political, economic, cultural and technological respects to national and international strategy and the ability to apply this knowledge to inform decision-making
- To produce graduates with methodological and problem-solving skills designed to assist decision making in business situations
- To produce graduates who have a sound understanding of the business, management and leadership skills necessary to function effectively at a senior level in the Oil, Gas and Energy sector
- To produce graduates with a thorough understanding of technical challenges facing the Oil, Gas and Energy sector and a thorough grounding in the technical language of the industry associated with the sector
1.2 Programme Learning Outcomes
At the end of the program graduates will be able to:
- Utilize knowledge and understanding of conventional management subjects such as general accounting, economics, management, marketing, business law and finance and relate this knowledge to the Oil, Gas and Energy sector
- Exhibit and apply skills that are required on negotiation, operations management, Oil & Gas accounting and project management for the energy sector
- Critically evaluate basic science concepts and principles relating to physical geology, petroleum geology and energy technologies
- Utilize fundamental knowledge of Oil, Gas & Energy technologies and apply safety and risk assessment techniques
- Display knowledge and understanding in the area of law relating to the Oil, Gas and Energy, environment.
- Analyze and evaluate the economics of energy, oil & gas industry and the oil and gas markets.
- Communicate clearly Ugandan energy and environmental policies as well as geopolitical security issues.
- Critically analyze and evaluate current environmental topics, such as climate change, renewable resources and sustainability.
- Manage one’s own learning and development, including time management and organizational skills in order to plan and implement a major independent project
In today’s rapidly changing economy, the degree of Bachelor of Science in Oil, Gas and Energy Management will provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to compete in the business world. Graduates from this program will have a wealth of employment opportunities open to them including, but not limited to, working with major global energy firms, government, National Oil companies or smaller companies that offer ancillary services to the Oil, Gas and Energy industry. Graduates from this degree may, for example, work in the Oil, Gas and Energy sector or any other types of businesses in commercial, accounting, marketing, office management or sales. On the other hand, the Oil, Gas and Energy industries will gain candidates who are well versed and up-to-date in administering and managing Oil, Gas & Energy businesses.
Admission into the Bachelor of Science in Oil, Gas and Energy Management programme will be through two avenues: Direct Entry/“A” Level and Diploma Holder’s Scheme as shown below:
|Entry Scheme||Academic requirements||Admission level|
|a) Direct entry scheme
|Essential “A” level subjects
· Economics, mathematics & physics
· Geography, chemistry & Entrepreneurship
· General paper, sub-maths &
|Year one (1)|
(Arts / Science based)
|Minimum 26/42 from 6 subjects
|Year one (1)|
|b) Diploma entry scheme||Relevant diploma at distinction or credit from a recognized institution
|· Subject to university’s discretion and exemption after reviewing transcript & syllabus
· Maximum exemption of 30% of the programme total credits
· English requirements apply
The assessment method is a mixture of individual module assignments, group project work, written tests and examinations. Assessments will take place during and at the end of each semester period with a final research project presented at the final stage of the degree programme. This form of continuous assessment carefully prepares students for the world of work and allows students to receive regular feedback from their tutors.
- A minimum of two course assignments/tests shall be required per course
- Course work shall consist of tests, group/individual assignments and presentations in each semester.
1.7 Grading of courses
A course shall be graded out of a total of 100 marks and shall be assigned a letter grade and grade point as follows:
1.8 Calculation of Cumulative Grade Point
|Marks||Letter Grade||Grade Point (GP)||Interpretation|
|Below 40||F||0||Bad Fail|
A minimum pass grade for each course shall be 2.0 grade points.
The CGPA shall be calculated as follow;
CGPA = Σn i=1(GPi*CUi),
Σn i=1 CUi
Where GPi is the Grade Point score of a particular course, CUi is the number of Credit Units of course i; and n is the number of courses so far done.
1.9 Classification of Degree
The Bachelor of Science in Oil, Gas and Energy Management programme shall be classified according to the following Cumulative Grade Point Averages:
|Second class-Upper Division||3.60-4.39|
|Second class-Lower Division||2.80-3.59|
1.10 Graduation Programme Load
The minimum graduation load is 131.
After satisfactory completion of the programme, a candidate will be awarded the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Oil and Gas Management of St. Augustine International University.
The program will take a total of 131 credit units as summarized in the table below and has been designed following the guideline below:
- One contact hour (CH) is equivalent to one lecture hour (LH)
- One contact hour (CH) is equivalent to two tutorial hours (TH)
- One contact hour (CH) is equivalent to two practical hours (PH)
- One contact hour (CH) is equivalent to four hours of field work
- One credit unit (CU) is equivalent to one contact hour/week/semester or
- One credit unit (CU) is equivalent to a series of fifteen contact hours (CH)
- A course that has a practical component within it has a maximum of 5 CU.
- A course that has no practical component within it has a maximum of 4 CU.
|No||Name||Qualifications & Awarding Institution||Sex||Age||Specialization||Status|
|1||Sabiiti Mulema||MBA, PhD Candidate – Nkumba University – Uganda||M||45||Management||Full Timer|
|2||Atwine Alex||MBA – Thomas University-Minnesota||M||36||Management||Full Time|
|3||Gimugu Andrew||B.Com – Makerere University, MBA Candidate (UMI)||M||48||Finance||Full Time|
|4||Nabalende Witness||LL.M – Makerere University
PGD – University of Burmingham
Dip. Legal practice – Law development centre
|F||Commercial Law||Full Time|