TPG4105 - Petroleum Engineering, Basic Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course addresses the different steps in the development of an oil and gas field from exploration, field development, production to shut-down. Topics included: Petroleum geology: Geological processes, forming and properties of rock formations, structures, reservoir rock formation, accumulation of petroleum. Geophysics: Collection and investigation of seismic data, petrophysical and other geophysical data. Example of combination of geological and seismic data to produce 3-dimensional pictures of the internal of the earth. Well drilling: Systems and methods for drilling and well construction. Formation evaluation and reservoir engineering: Analysis of data collected by logging and core sampling in the borehole. Methods and procedures for calculating oil and gas volume, and methods for optimized production. Petroleum production: Well flow calculations, methods for separation of oil and gas, including alternative solutions for oil and gas field development.

Furthermore, solutions for increased energy efficiency and a reduced CO2 footprint are discussed.

Learning outcome

Ingress: Students are required to have a good overview and understanding of the lifecycle of an oil/gas field.

Knowledge: The students are required to have a good overview and understanding of the lifecycle of an oil/gas field including exploration, development, production, maintenance and shutdown. They are also required to have basic understanding of geological processes and accumulation of hydrocarbons, acquisition and use of seismic data, systems and methods for drilling of wells and well construction, formation evaluation and reservoir engineering and petroleum production.

Skills: Students must be able to describe the different stages in the lifecycle of an oil/gas field, and also be able to understand the most important documents and plans for development and production of an oil/gas field. They are also required to understand the basic elements of drilling programs and make simple estimates of important parameters. From the reservoir part of the course students are required to perform simple calculations of fluid distribution and transport in porous media. Use of subject-specific digital tools including programming where relevant.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. Exercises also include the use of programming tools (e.g. MS Excel and Python). The course is given in English. Course evaluation is undertaken using reference group.

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination.

Course materials

Frank Jahn, Mark Cook & Mark Graham: Hydrocarbon exploration and production. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2008.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Petroleum Geophysics
  • Deep drilling Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Petroleum Production
  • Reservoir Engineering
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-11 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Storhall del 2 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 18
DI42 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 1
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
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