1.1 PROGRAMME TITLE
Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geoscience
The BSc in Petroleum Geoscience focuses on core geological disciplines significant for oil and gas exploration and production. The program covers both theoretical and practical approaches to petroleum geoscience problems.
This full-time, multidisciplinary Petroleum Geoscience program covers a wide range of Earth science and related subjects, and their application to the full spectrum of petroleum exploration and production (Table 2). It provides a thorough grounding in the core geological disciplines, but focuses especially on their significance for oil and gas exploration and production.
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 fulltime 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 Petroleum geoscience.
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 sector. Institutions of higher learning in Uganda have a very limited number of programs for training in Oil, Gas experts 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 and Gas industry.
The BSc. in Petroleum Geoscience lays the foundation for prospective careers in the Oil, Gas and Energy industry.
- The main objective of this programme is to develop capacity in Petroleum Geoscience through training and research that are much needed in the region, in order to sustain exploration and production.
On successful completion of this programme, the students should be able to:
- Bridge and eventually close the gap in the needed human resource in exploration, production and refinement of petroleum.
- Engage in research and development in petroleum geoscience and production and network with the oil sector to enhance value addition to petroleum production.
- Integrate knowledge and skills relevant in solving energy problems.
- promote a holistic approach to petroleum geology and petroleum geophysics through classwork, fieldwork, and group projects relevant to the Uganda petroleum province (in the first instance) and to nearby provinces such as East Africa, Africa continent and the entire world
- Have basic knowledge in the key subsurface petroleum exploration & production geoscience disciplines;
- Have specialist knowledge in sequence stratigraphy, sedimentology, structural geology, basin analysis, petroleum systems & reservoir geology;
- Have skills in state-of-the-art technologies (e.g. 3D seismic interpretation, formation evaluation, reservoir modelling & basin modelling);
- Have guidelines for the main Exploration & Production workflows (e.g. play fairway analysis, prospect evaluation, appraisal, development & reservoir management);
- Have multidisciplinary and transferable skills for working within integrated subsurface evaluation teams.
The Petroleum Geosciences study programme includes the studies of geophysical and geological oil and gas exploration methods. Within geophysics, the main focus is on seismic, but also other techniques are included. Within geology, the main focus is on mineralogy, petrography, sediment stratigraphy and structural geology.
By completing the bachelor’s program in Petroleum Geosciences, the candidate shall:
- Be able to successfully apply advanced and current concepts and methods of the geosciences to formulate and solve complex petroleum geoscience problems.
- Be able to apply knowledge and skills within Petroleum Geosciences in a social economic, environmentally friendly and safe perspective throughout field life.
- Be able to contribute to development of geo-based technology for exploration and improved recovery of petroleum resources.
- Be able to use geophysical and geological knowledge to interpret and map data for identification of potential prospects.
- Be able to communicate information relating to independent work with other petroleum geoscientists and engineers. The candidate will have an excellent command of the terminology related to the subject area.
- Demonstrate competence in fundamental geological skills including: mineral, rock and soil identification; interpretation of topographic maps, geologic maps, and various forms of imagery; construction of geologic maps and cross sections; three-dimensional conceptualization; and collection of organized field and laboratory data.
- Make critical and independent inquiry in the geosciences including: the ability to gather and evaluate peer-reviewed literature; identify a research question; design and conduct a research plan to collect laboratory and/or field data; and interpret research results.
- Gain an understanding of the societal relevance of earth systems.
- Demonstrate competence in quantitative data analysis including: the construction and reading of graphs; construction and use of spreadsheets; and application of mathematical skills (ranging from algebra to calculus) for analysis of geological systems.
- Effectively communicate ideas, research results, and interpretations using written, oral, and graphical design skills both on a formal and extemporaneous basis.
Oil and gas industry has grown tremendously over the last few decades, thanks to the growing use of fuel in both industrial and domestic circuits. Motor vehicles, engines and other industrial/domestic equipment and appliances make heavy use of oil and gas these days, affirming the fact that the practical application of oil and gas is inevitable in all disciplines of modern science. Almost all academic disciplines including international relations, engineering, operations, project management, finance, law, politics, sociology and economics have some sort of affiliation with the oil and gas industry.
This program will equip geoscientists and geologist to perform effectively in a wide variety of contexts. The demand for education is on the rise especially one that would uniquely address oil and gas industry challenges. Very few institutions in Africa offer an in-depth study of geoscience which emphasizes technical skills and ethics. This Bachelors program in Petroleum Geosciences (BPG) blends petroleum engineering and petroleum geology theory with real-world applications, emphasizing practical skills and concepts applied in the oil and industry.
The Bachelors program in Petroleum Geosciences, developed in close collaboration with the petroleum industry, is uniquely focused on the blending of geosciences and engineering for the specific needs of petroleum exploration and production.
As a graduate of this program you will be able to solve geoscientific problems by integrating surface and subsurface data, and exchange and analyse this information together with petroleum engineers. In addition, you will be able to formulate strategies and have the key fundamental knowledge to develop, manage, and implement technologies in the energy sector.
Graduates are qualified to a broad range of positions in the petroleum industry, and in other industries within energy resources where both engineering and geosciences are applied. With this Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Geosciences, you can also qualify for the Master program in Technology and Natural Science in any University around the global.
It is within the spirit of the above and the need to promote human resource capacity in the oil and gas sector to withstand the challenges of a globalised world, but also seeking to exploit its opportunities that the program is being introduced at St. Augustine International University.
To produce excellently trained geoscientists with a National, Regional, and International reputation in knowledge, research, supervision and leadership skills in the oil and gas industry.
The program in Petroleum Geoscience will focus on modern natural resource industries, which will not only involve the exploration phase, but also their development and management practices. This program aims to offer a coherent understanding of the areas of science that relate to the earth’s petroleum resources including their nature, origin, distribution, discovery and exploitation. The program is designed to impart practical knowledge and the ability to understand the geological and technological complexity of the petroleum systems.
To conceive, plan, develop and sustain the pursuit of excellence in the field of geoscience skills and research for the development of the oil and gas sector in Uganda, Africa and beyond. The activities of the program originate from the components of the mission of the University.
Provide graduates with an outstanding education and research skills required to further their careers. It also Prepares graduates for further education in masters programs across the global. The program will provide the oil and gas industry with highly educated and skilled personnel who can utilize their technical knowledge and skills to increase value of petroleum assets and to develop petroleum industry opportunities.
The following requirements must be satisfied for a student to receive the degree of Bachelors program in Petroleum Geosciences (BPG) from St. Augustine International University:
- Satisfactory completion of all required credit hours of course works as specified by the curriculum;
- Minimum GPA of 2.3
- Students are expected to observe acceptable values as prescribed by the University’s Code of Conduct.
- Clearance of all fees due the University and any obligations to the library or other departments of the University.
Note: A clearance form from the Registrar’s Office must be obtained and signed by various departments at least one week before graduation. The signed clearance form must be returned to the Registrar’s Office in order for the candidate to participate in the graduation program.
Admission to this programme shall be as follows:
Ugandan applicants: Applicants should hold at least (a) Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education
(UACE) certificate with at least 2 principal passes in the essential subjects (physics, chemistry and/or mathematics) sat at the same sitting. Applicants must have obtained at least five passes at
UCE at the same sitting.
International applicants: Applicants must have qualifications that are recognized for University entry in their respective countries for a Bachelor of Science Petroleum Geoscience degree or equivalent.
Diploma in an Engineering or Science and Technology field from a recognized institution;
The programme will be a three-year degree divided into 6 semesters, each comprising of 15 weeks of study and 2 weeks of examinations.
The programme will be taught in accordance with the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy.
The University is committed to developing, maintaining and supporting excellence in teaching and learning, to innovation in teaching practice, and to fostering independent learning and critical thinking in our students, whilst providing appropriate levels of support to students in their learning.
The delivery of teaching will take a number of forms:
- Student presentations
- Coursework essays
- Research projects
- Laboratory practical classes
- End of semester examinations
- All course units shall be examinable and the general university semester examination rules shall apply.
- Progressive assessment will consist of assignments/coursework (minimum of 2), practicals and tests (minimum of 2), and will contribute either 40% for course units that do not include laboratory/field practicals or 40% for course units that have a laboratory/field practical component.
- Consequently, university examinations held at the end of the semester will contribute 60% (for course units without laboratory/field practical component) and 60% (for course units that have a laboratory/field practical component).
- Overall assessment will be done using the general university grading whereby the overall marks obtained in each course a student offered shall be graded out of one hundred (100) marks and assigned appropriate Letter Grades and Grade Points as shown in Table 1.
Table 1. Grading system
iii) Description of Grading
- A Excellent: Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with a high degree of skill and/great originality in the use of concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an Assignments or Course.
- B+ Very Good: Thorough knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with fairly high degree of skill in the use of those concepts/techniques in satisfying the requirements of an Assignment or Course.
- B Good: Good level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an Assignment or Course.
- C+ Fairly Good: Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with considerable skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an Assignment or Course.
- C Fair: Acceptable level of knowledge of concepts and/or techniques together with some skill in using them to satisfy the requirements of an Assignment or course.
- D+ Pass: Slightly better than minimum knowledge of requirement concepts and/or techniques together with some ability to use them in satisfying the requirements of an Assignment or Course.
- D Marginal Fail: No sufficient knowledge of concepts and/or techniques needed to satisfy the requirements of an Assignment or Course.
- F Fail: Poor or lack of understanding of knowledge of concepts or techniques.
A candidate will qualify for the award of Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Geoscience if he/she attains a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in each of the course units.
A candidate may retake a course unit to better his/her grade points and the transcript will indicate so, if there was a retake.
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.
- 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|
The university has over four lecture rooms with a seating capacity of 40 students. These rooms are also fully equipped with smart boards and projectors to facilitate the lecturing and learning process.
The Library has adequate space with enough oil and gas text books both hard copies and E-books. The University also runs an Institute of Research and Development (IRD) to promote research, development and consultancy, and an information resource center, which promotes e-learning.
There are 200 computers connected to wireless internet and can access e- business books and journals
An ICT and Media Centre is in final stages. Intranet connectivity at higher speed is envisaged. It will enable adequate utilization of ICT for teaching and learning. It will also link each member of the faculty with the library data base and other web links related to each member’s area of specialization.
The programme shall be run by 10 highly qualified Professionals and experts in the field of Geoscience. A lecturer is eligible to teach at undergraduate level has to have at least a Master’s degree. A detailed list of the faculty teaching in geoscience is provided in Appendix 1. The team is comprised of full-timers and part timer, PhD holders, PhD candidates and with masters.
The programme shall span a period of 6 semesters.
The requirements leading to a degree award shall include lecture attendance, submission and passing of coursework, participation during laboratory practicals, seminar presentations, attendance in field training and field attachment, completion of a students’ independent project and passing of university examinations. The minimum number of credit units required for a student to graduate is 137 (from a minimum of 22 CU per semester x 6 semesters) plus 5 credit units for field attachment.
All students registered for this programme shall take course units in the respective semesters as indicated in the table 1 below. The detailed course outlines are presented in document below.
Table 2. PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
Details of the Programme structure are specified below with Contact Hours (CH), Credit Units (CU); where 15CH = 1CU. Contact hours are in form of Lecture Hours (LH), tutorial hours (TH) or practical hours (PH). 1CH = 1LH OR 2T/PH
|Year I – Semester 1 – Total Credit Units = 25||LH||T/PH||CH||CU|
|BPG 1101: Introduction to Geology||60||0||60||4|
|BPG 1102: Paleontology& Bio-stratigraphy||60||0||60||4|
|BPG 1103: Material Science||30||60||60||4|
|BPG 1104: Engineering Mathematics 1||60||0||60||4|
|BPG 1105: Applied Chemistry||45||0||45||3|
|BPG 1106: IT for Engineers||30||30||45||3|
|BPG 1106: Communication Skills||45||0||45||3|
|Total Credit Units||25|
|Year 1 – Semester II – Total Credit Units = 23||LH||T/PH||CH||CU|
|BPG 1201: Introduction to Earth Science Processes & East Africa Geology||30||60||60||4|
|BPG 1202: Electromagnetic and Radiometric Methods||60||0||60||4|
|BPG 1203: Principles of Geophysics||30||60||60||3|
|BPG 1204: Fundamentals Statistics Mechanics of Fluids||30||30||45||3|
|BPG 1205: Basin analysis||60||0||60||4|
|BPG 1206: Field Work||120||60||5|
|Total Credit Units||23|
|Year II – Semester I – Total Credit Units = 22||LH||T/PH||CH||CU|
|BPG 2101: Structural Geology||30||60||60||4|
|BPG 2102: Mineralogy||30||60||60||4|
|BPG 2103: Fundamental Petroleum Sedimentology||30||30||45||3|
|BPG 2104: Fundamental Petroleum Geophysics||60||0||60||4|
|BPG 2105: Engineering Mathematics 11||30||30||45||3|
|BPG 2106: Health Safety and Environment in the oil industry||60||0||60||4|
|Year II – Semester II – Total Credit Units = 24||LH||T/PH||CH||CU|
|BPG 2201: Petrology||30||60||60||4|
|BPG 2202: Stratigraphy||60||0||60||4|
|BPG 2203: Geochemistry of Petroleum||60||0||60||4|
|BPG 2204: Field and Geological Mapping||45||30||60||3|
|BPG 2205: Industry Petrophysics and well logging||30||60||60||4|
|BPG 2206: Field Work||0||60||60||5|
|BPG 2301: Field Attachment||0||150||75||5|
|Year III – Semester I – Total Credit Units = 24||LH||T/PH||CH||CU|
|BPG 3101: Petroleum Geology||60||0||60||4|
|BPG 3102: Management of Petroleum Operations||45||0||45||3|
|BPG 3103: Seismic Data Interpretation||30||30||45||3|
|BPG 3104: Engineering Management||45||0||45||3|
|BPG 3105: Formation Evaluation||30||30||45||3|
|BPG 3106: Petroleum Engineering||60||0||60||4|
|BPG 3107: Geoscience Seminar||30||60||60||4|
|Year III – Semester II – Total Credit Hours = 24||LH||T/PH||CH||CU|
|BPG 3201: Reservoir Geophysics and Geology||45||0||45||3|
|BPG 3202: Math Statistics||45||0||45||3|
|BPG 3203: Prospect Evaluation, Assessment and Petroleum Economics||30||60||60||4|
|BPG 3204: Oil and Gas Policy and Environmental Law||45||0||45||3|
|BPG 3205: Petroleum Refining and Transportation||45||0||45||3|
BPG 3206: Production engineering
BPG 3207: Drilling engineering
|BPG 1208: Thesis in Geoscience||15||120||75||5|
|Minimum Graduation Load||142|
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