Open Learning Program
With the continuing introduction of new and advanced technology, there is an increasing demand for high-level training to enhance the technical skills of professionals working in the upstream oil and gas industry.
The Petroleum Industry has traditionally relied on 'on-the-job' training programs, supplemented by in-house and external short courses. The School of Petroleum Engineering (UNSW) also recognizes that irregularity of working hours, family commitments, and short or long-term assignments at remote locations mean that for many professionals, traditional face-to-face education is simply not an option. Accordingly, the School offers formal distance learning programs designed to produce the level of technical competence necessary for petroleum engineers, geologists and geophysicists to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams and to apply the latest technological developments in a cost-effective manner. The courses offered lead to the following degrees:
- Master of Engineering Science
- Graduate Diploma
- Graduate Certificate
All courses in the programs are delivered in electronic format and are designed to be undertaken externally by professionals currently working in the areas of petroleum engineering, geology and geophysics on a part-time learning basis. All the programs are supported by state-of-the-art commercial software in reservoir simulation, well test analysis, reservoir characterisation, drilling and well design, economics and risk analysis, human resource management and environmental management. Students receive fully functional copies of all the software required to complete their program of study. In addition, the 'online' interaction between participants with various levels of practical experience and expertise in a wide range of petroleum engineering disciplines further enhances the learning experience.
Current distance learning students are working in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, China, India, Oman, Yemen, South Africa, Holland, Spain, England, Scotland, Canada and USA.
The Open Learning program is designed to meet the increasing training needs of the petroleum industry in reservoir engineering, reservoir characterisation, drilling and production engineering, economic evaluation and risk analysis.
The programs cover both fundamentals and applications of reservoir engineering, petroleum technology, business principles and business management. They are specifically designed for personnel already working in the petroleum industry who wish to acquire tertiary qualifications to enhance their knowledge and to further their career opportunities.
Duration and Structure
- GradCert candidates are required to pass 8 courses*
- GradDip candidates are required to pass 10 courses*
- MEngSc candidates are required to pass 12 courses*
- Non-Award (any number of subjects)
Duration of a course from start to final exam is approximately 14 weeks.
Most of the postgraduate courses offered by the School can be studied through the Open Learning Program. The programme coordinator will guide your choice of courses to reflect your interests as well as to take into account prerequisites necessary for some advanced courses. The final composition of a proposed program will be subject to Head of School or nominee's approval.
Please note that students enrolled in all programs offered by the School need to do Reservoir Engineering 1 & Petroleum Geology as part of their program.
|Code||Course||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|PTRL6003||Well Pressure Testing||YES||NO|
|PTRL6004||Numerical Reservoir Simulation||NO||YES|
|PTRL6006||Field Development Geology||NO||YES|
|PTRL6007||Reservoir Engineering II||YES||YES|
|PTRL6008||Petroleum Production Economics||YES||YES|
|PTRL6009||Well Drilling Equipment & Operations||YES||NO|
|PTRL6012||Drilling Mud Formulation, Selection & Maintenance||YES||NO|
|PTRL6016||Well Completions & Stimulation||NO||YES|
|PTRL6025||Well Control & Blowout Prevention||NO||NO|
|PTRL6027||Casing Design & Cementing||YES||NO|
|PTRL6028||Practical Aspects of Well Planning||NO||YES|
|PTRL6029||Directional, Horizontal & Multilateral Drilling||NO||YES|
All courses are Internet based and delivered in a distance education format. Students interact with instructors and fellow students via the Internet using flexible teaching and learning tools. Students are provided with Course Guides, CDs and software necessary to complete the course.
Studying online means that one can study from anywhere in the world if he/she has access to the Internet. The Course Material and homework exercises are in electronic format using scientific spreadsheets making most effective use of limited student preparation time.
Assessment is split approximately 60:40 between assignments and a formal end of course examination. The University makes the necessary arrangements for the formal examination to be carried out at a time and location to suit the individual candidate but during the set examination period by the University.
Examinations are arranged during each semester in the students' workplace or other mutually acceptable venue to assess the students' understanding of basic principles. Assignments are set with a focus on the application of theory to practical situations.
The Study Guides and accompanying CDs and software are designed to be self-contained to ensure that distance study is both effective and stimulating. Students are encouraged to go beyond the Study Guide material and make use of university and employer libraries and other publicly available information (for example, textbooks, discussion papers, published papers). Students are required to participate in bulletin board discussions.
The course fee covers provision of the course study package, academic assistance with assignments and tutorial problems (by fax, e-mail, mail and phone), administration and exam requirements.
At UNSW, there are two academic sessions per year. Each session is approximately 12 weeks long. Students must complete the course(s) within the session in which they are enrolled in.
In Australia, the course cost qualifies as a tax-deductible expense. This also applies to employers of students, should they wish to offer financial assistance to selected employees to undertake the programs or selected courses.
Local and International students require to pay an Application fee of AUD $250.
Course fees are subject to revision annually. All course charges are generally non-refundable.