Integrated Course of English 
and Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering

Course unit code: Б1

Type of course unit: optional

Level of course unit : the first cycle

Year of study (if applicable): the third-fourth year of studies;

Semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered: the seventh and the eighth semesters

Number of ECTS credits allocated: could be 7 (The course is optional and beyond the 60 ECTS credits workload per academic year of the formal program)

Name of lecturer(s): Bagretsova Nina Victorovna

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students gain a holistic view on the upstream petroleum industry both onshore and offshore with emphasis to the Arctic. They acquire orientation in the set of interrelated disciplines under the umbrella “The fundamentals of petroleum engineering” and develop bilingual (Russian – English) competence within this scientific domain. That implies:

  • understanding of the main upstream petroleum activities from geological prospecting throughout all the stages of petroleum development to marketing of oil and gas;
  • insight into the most essential energy issues of the modern world;
  • knowledge of English petroleum engineering terminology in correlation with corresponding Russian terms;
  • understanding English oral petroleum discourse including lectures on specific subjects;
  • oral communication skills on professional petroleum industry-related matters;
  • ability to read and understand petroleum industry related texts written in English;
  • ability to prepare and to make presentations on professional topics.

Mode of delivery: on campus, in groups of up to 15 students

Prerequisites and co-requisites: The desirable starting level of the students’ proficiency in general English is Intermediate and higher. Students are expected to be interested in upstream petroleum industry and motivated to acquire English language skills through content studies. Students’ petroleum education of any level or professional background is welcomed.

Recommended optional programme components

  • abundant supplementary reading of materials in English;
  • meetings with petroleum specialists of other countries;
  • guided tours to joint-venture companies;
  • preparation of reports and publications for international student scientific conferences in collaboration with subject teachers.

Course contents

1. Petroleum Industry - 10 hours

2. Petroleum Geology - 16 hours

3. Drilling Engineering – 22 hours

4. Oil and Gas Production – 22 hours

5. Offshore Field Development - 4 hours

6. Petroleum Transportation Network - 8 hours

7. Pipeline Construction – 8 hours

8. Liquefied Natural Gas – 2 hours

9. Health, Safety, Environment– 6 hours

10. Petroleum Activity In The Arctic – 4 hours

Recommended or required reading

Core reading

  1. Багрецова Н.В. Терминологический путеводитель по нефтегазовой промышленности: суша-море: для изучающих английский язык нефтегазовых инженерных специальностей: [учебное пособие] / Н.В.Багрецова.- Архангельск, 2010 – 236 с.: фото, табл., рис. ISBN 978-5-7536-0276-3
  2. Van Dyke, Kate. Fundamentals of Petroleum. – The University of Texas at Austin, 1997. ISBN 0-88698-162-X
  3. Basics of Offshore Petroleum Engineering and Development of Marine facilities/ O.T. Gudmestad, A.B. Zolotukhin, A.I. Ermakov и др. – М.: Нефть и газ, 1999. – 350 с. ISBN 5-7246-0100-1
  4. Lillettvedt D. Liquefied Natural Gas. Lecture course. University of Stavanger, 2007.

Supplementary reading

  1. A dictionary for the oil and gas industry. The University of Texas at Austin, 2006. ISBN 0-88698-213-8
  2. Petroleum Resources with Emphasis on Offshore Fields / O.T. Gudmestad, A.B. Zolotukhin, E.T. Jarlsby. – WITpress, Southampton, Boston, 2010. ISBN 978-1-84564-478-9
  3. Norman J. Hyne. Nontechnical Guide to Petroleum Geology, Exploration, Drilling and Production (2nd Edition). 2001
  4. Oil & Gas Production in Nontechnical Language by Martin S. Raymond ISBN-10: 1593700520 | ISBN-13: 978-1593700522 | Publication Date: October 10, 2005
  5. Oil 101 by Morgan Downey, Wooden Table Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2009) ISBN-10: 0982039204
  6. ISBN-13: 978-098203920

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Small group teaching in content-based language-focused seminar mode – a blend of

  • language activating activities;
  • presentations;
  • interactive lecturing with teacher – student interaction;
  • topic discussions;
  • brainstorming;
  • mindmapping;
  • watching videos and discussing them;
  • home reading;
  • reports and presentations by the students

Assessment methods and criteria

  • A written test after every module
  • A course project work every semester: an individual report , presentation or an essay or participation in a group project
  • A combined written and oral exam at the completion of the course.

Criteria: Points are given both for the student’s attendance and performance. Project work is evaluated in accordance with its content, language use and presentation quality. Rating scale is applied.

Language of instruction: English with the support of Russian

Work placement(s): Is not part of the course