Petroleum Geochemistry 3

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Course Code: 
PGP 3201
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 3
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

The course introduces the students to the principles governing the formation and accumulation of petroleum. It further describes the analyses and/or techniques used in the characterization of oil and evaluation of petroleum source rocks. The course also introduces the student to correlation of oils with candidate source rocks and between the reservoired oils.  

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course the student should be able to:

  • Explain the theories regarding the origin of petroleum and be able to appreciate its organic origin.
  • Describe the process of petroleum generation through maturation of source rocks and its migration from and within source rocks to reservoirs.
  • Describe the basic composition of petroleum and how the molecular biomarkers (geochemical fossils) inform exploration and production efforts.
  • Gain experience in doing geochemical analyses.
Petroleum Geochemistry
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