Lecture MWF 12-12:50 PM - Bolin 309
Lab W 1-2:50 PM - Bolin 105
An introduction to the geology of petroleum and natural gas. Topics include the origin, occurrence, movement, and accumulation of oil and natural gas and the exploration for and development of hydrocarbon reservoirs. Additional topics include geophysical and geochemical exploration techniques, basin analysis, well site operations, representative exploration and reservoir development case histories, and as time permits, subsurface geology of CO2 sequestration. Fundamental skills routinely used by petroleum geologists, such as basic well log analysis, well correlation, cross section construction, mapping, and volumetric calculations are the major lab session topics.
Attend lectures. Come prepared for lectures by reading the textbook and assigned readings in advance. Note that specific assigned readings do not appear in the course schedule; these will be announced as appropriate. Lectures highlight essential topics and vocabulary; textbook and other resources (online or library) provide additional details as well as additional topics as well as review and self test opportunities. It is in your best interest to use these resources. Lecture and final exams will cover lectures and textbook-only topics (plus related vocabulary. All exams are cumulative; all prior material, topics, and text and assigned readings will be included on exams. If you will miss a lecture, please let Dr. Meddaugh know in advance. More than three unexcused absences from lecture may result in your being dropped from the course. Plan to spend at least three hours per week on assigned readings.
Active participation in all lab sessions is required. Completion of all lab assignments on time is expected. Lab attendance is mandatory. If you are going to miss a lab you must let Dr. Meddaugh know in advance. You must make up any missed lab by making suitable arrangement with Dr. Meddaugh. The exact procedure will be discussed during the first lab meeting. Labs must be made up within one week or a grade/completion penalty will be imposed. After two weeks, a missed lab may not be made up. Any missed lab will receive a completion grade of zero. Missing more than two labs may result in your being dropped from the course. Labs will require additional time beyond the weekly two hour lab session. Bolin 105 is generally open much of the week and evenings. Two workstations in Bolin 308 may also be available, if needed.
Lecture = 60% of final grade. Exam 1 = 20% of final grade; Lecture Exam 2 = 20% of final grade; Final Exam = 20% of final grade.
Lab grade = 30% of final grade. Each of the 10 graded Lab Exercises are worth 3% of your final grade
Research/Case History grade = 10% of final grade. The research paper grade will be derived as follows - 60% derived based on the submitted text and 40% derived from the public (in class or lab) presentation. Presentations are limited to 12 minutes and will be followed by 3-4 minutes for questions from peers, instructor, and/or guests. Presentations may be PowerPoint or poster-based. Presentation and Q&A time limits will be strictly enforced! More information of the research paper will be available during the first lab meeting.
Research/Case History papers must be between 2750 and 3750 words (about 5-7 pages of text based on 11-pt or 12-pt font; word count per MSWord’s word count tool) and be no longer than thirteen total pages including illustrations, abstract, reference list, and title page. Papers must contain an abstract or summary of no more than 250 words (included in word count), at least four primary references from peer reviewed publications (e.g. AAPG Bulletin, GSA Bulletin, GSA Geology, SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal, SEG Leading Edge, EAGE First Break, and be structured as follows: (1) Title page with title and author; (2) Summary or Abstract; (3) Introduction (background and rationale for your paper topic choice); (4) Discussion (basically what you learned and want to share with your colleagues as a result of your research); (5) Conclusion (highlight or restatement of most important learning’s from your perspective); and (6) references (minimum of three primary references). Figures and/or tables (with captions) may be included within text or at end of paper. Format – MS Word; paper copy and electronic copy must be submitted.
Papers are due as per the syllabus schedule. Papers submitted one week late will be docked one letter grade (e.g. 10 points; thus a paper that would have received a 85% grade if submitted on time will receive a final grade of 75% if submitted one week late). Research papers may not be submitted more than two weeks late. Presentations will be scheduled the last week of the term in both lecture and lab meetings
Final Letter Grade Definitions
A = >90%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60-69% F = <60%
Final letter grades will be based on rounding composite course grade to the nearest integer. If your attendance has been exemplary in both lab and lecture the course final grade may be rounded up by one point (e.g. a 79% to 80%).
See Grading Standards tab for additional information.
If you will miss a lecture, please let Dr. Meddaugh know in advance. More than three unexcused absences from lecture may result in your being dropped from the course. Missing more than two labs may result in your being dropped from the course. See grading Standards tab for more information.
Lectures and lab assignments will generally be posted in D2L in advance. Assigned readings will either be available via the library or D2L.