How to be an Expert in the Oil & Gas Industry

A complete overview of the oil and gas industry from its origin, exploration methods and production processes.
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

About This Course

Oil & Gas supports the very fabric of our modern, connected, switched-on society and has become central to our way of life. From car fuel, to electricity, to petrochemicals and plastics, Oil & Gas as an energy source plays a vital role in our current energy mix. If you're new to the industry or ever wondered how it all works, this is the course for you!

Become familiar with the various phases of the Oil and Gas value chain, upstream, midstream and downstream – recognize key industry players and understand the lifecycle of an oil and gas field from seismic surveys and geology to drilling engineering and production and all the way through to decommissioning.

Whatever your motivation, this course is designed to add value to your learning by delivering an overall picture of how this remarkable industry works with both technical and commercial know-how. With a modern approach to learning, we can ensure that you'll get both accurate and up-to-date knowledge of the oil and gas industry, wherever you are in the world.

What's Included?

This course consists of 10 modules – audio recordings with accompanying annotated presentation material. Each module is divided into a series of short videos designed to optimise your learning experience.

You will start by exploring the uses and characteristics of oil & gas as well its history and you will develop a strong understanding of the key players in todays industry. You will move on to look how hydrocarbons are formed below the earth's surface and how these are oil and gas companies use survey methods and seismic techniques to explore these energy resources. Next, you will gain an insight into drilling operations, the production and platform processing involved and the transport, storage and refining of crude oil and natural gas. In the final part of the course you will gain sound knowledge on the decommissioning process of oil and gas installation and acquire an insight into working offshore.

10 modules and over 1 hour of content!

Module 1: Characteristics of Oil & Gas

Module 2: History and Structure of the Modern Oil & Gas Industry

Module 3: Formation of Oil and Gas

Module 4: Exploration – Finding Oil & Gas

Module 5: Drilling Operations

Module 6: Production & Platform Processing

Module 7: Maximizing Recovery

Module 8: Transport, Storage & Refining

Module 9: Decommissioning

Module 10: Working Offshore

How Does it Work?

The course is broken down into modules, which consists of a detailed presentation accompanied by an audio lecture that takes about 1 hour to complete. Each module is divided into its major topics which are presented with slide annotations. This ensures that the material is easy to digest enhancing your learning experience.

Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for newcomers to the industry or anyone who ever wondered how the Oil & Gas sector works. However, anyone working in the oil and gas industry would benefit because the course provides a broader and more-comprehensive overview of the industry than can usually be obtained from on-the-job learning.

Now, more than ever, is the time to take this course! The industry faces some difficult challenges and those working in the industry and members of the public need to better understand the complexities of this environment.

What are the requirements?

  • 1. Intermediate level of English required
  • 2. A passion for learning!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the fundamental characteristics of oil & gas
  • Appreciate the history and know the major players in the industry
  • Recognize how of oil and gas were formed
  • Identify the key methods use for oil and gas exploration
  • Realise the key steps involved in drilling an oil or gas well
  • Grasp the fundamental of production and platform processing
  • Comprehend the key techniques used to maximize oil recovery
  • Identify details on the transport, storage and refining of crude oil
  • Comprehend the importance of decommissioning
  • Have an insight into working offshore

Who is the target audience?

  • There are no academic qualifications, skills or experience pre-requisites to take this Introduction to Oil and Gas course.
  • The course is designed to give a newcomer to the industry an opportunity to explore the oil and gas industry from the formation of hydrocarbons to the decommissioning of installations.

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Section 1: Characteristics of Oil & Gas

Welcome to this course on an Introduction to the Oil & Gas Industry. This video will provide you with a general overview of the course structure, which has been designed for students and professionals who are keen to gain an understanding on hydrocarbon exploration, production and much more. We will cover 10 modules, which will provide you precise and up-to-date knowledge of the Petroleum Industry.


We will start by giving you an outline of this module “Characteristics of Oil & Gas”. Then we will jump straight into the uses of crude oil in our modern society. You will learn that crude oil is not only used for Transportation but also in various other applications such as Electronics, Detergents, Plastics, Medicines, Toiletries and Synthetic Fibers.


In this lecture you will understand that crude oil is made up from hydrogen and carbon atoms. You will also learn the difference between light and heavy oils and what they are used for.


This lecture explains key oil properties such as API, and other classifications when crude oil is sweet or sour based on sulphur content. Using this knowledge you will learn the different categories of crude oil from various regions of the world – Brent Blend, West Texas Intermediate, Dubai Crude and Tapis Crude.


The last lecture of module 1 will give you an overview of Natural Gas. Following this lecture you will understand the composition of natural gas, its characteristics, where natural gas is typically found in an oil & gas reservoir and how we utilize this powerful energy source.

Characteristics of Oil & Gas
5 questions
Section 2: History and Structure of the Oil & Gas Industry

In this lecture we will go back in time to look at how the petroleum industry evolved from the first oil discovery in China to Standard Oil and how the seven sisters were formed.


In this lecture you will learn where the top oil producing countries are located and how important OPEC is for stabilizing the supply of crude oil in world markets.


What are IOC's, NOC's and OSC's? We will present to you the most influential corporation's in the oil and gas industry. We will explain the roles they play and how they differ from each other.

History and Structure of the Oil & Gas Industry
5 questions
Section 3: Formation of Oil & Gas

This module is focused on the formation of oil and gas from plant and animal planktons to their deposition over millions of years.


Having understood how hydrocarbons are formed, in this lecture we will discover the source rock where the hydrocarbons are “cooked”, the importance of oil and gas migration through permeable layers and the accumulation in a geological trap.

Formation of Oil & Gas
5 questions
Section 4: Exploration - Finding Oil & Gas

How do we find hydrocarbons? In this lecture we will cover the life cycle of an oil and gas field. Importantly, we will explain how companies initiate an exploration quest.


In the petroleum industry a number of survey methods exist, which help to locate potential hydrocarbons. After this lecture you will learn the different photographic methods, survey methods and geochemical reports that can be used to locate oil and gas.


Seismic Surveys are sound waves, which are generated and send down through the different geological layers and reflected back to the surface. Hydrocarbons, geological layer and faults have different speeds. The industry utilizes this feature by creating a seismic image. From this lecture you will understand both onshore and offshore seismic surveys and the fundamental principles involved.

Exploration - Finding Oil & Gas
5 questions
Section 5: Drilling Operations

How will you ever know if there is oil when you have not physically drilled a well? In this lecture we will explain the various drilling stages: Exploration, Appraisal and Production drilling. There a number of drilling rigs depending whether you are onshore or offshore. All will be discussed in this lecture.


This lecture will explain the entire drilling process using drilling fluids for lubrication, the different drill bits, and wellbore is completed.


Well logging is a very important process in drilling, a measuring tool is sent down the wellbore to measure hydrocarbon and rock formation properties. In this lecture we will explain the details of well logging as well as describing the characteristics of a well in terms of pressure and temperature.

Drilling Operations
5 questions
Section 6: Production & Platform Processing

Now you have drilled, cased and cemented the well in place, what next? There is no connection between the formation and the wellbore! The next phase is to perforate the well so it can start producing. All will be discussed in this lecture.


Once oil and gas production starts, it is unprocessed and needs to be treated before exporting it to the supplier. This lecture will provide you with an insight into the separation process of oil, gas and water.

Production & Platform Processing
5 questions
Section 7: Maximizing Recovery

We have identified from the previous lectures that each reservoir is different. It is important to understand the various drive mechanisms to maximize recovery. This lecture will explain all.


Each reservoir can go through primary, secondary and tertiary recovery. In this lecture you will learn the differences between them and the stage at which the recovery method is used.

Maximizing Recovery
5 questions
Section 8: Transport, Storage & Refining

You will learn how crude oil is exported either for storage and refining. We will also cover the concept of a distillation tower and how the various products are processed according to the molecular weight and temperature gradient.

Transport, Storage & Refining
5 questions
Section 9: Decommissioning

The reservoir has reached the end of its life time. In this lecture you will learn how offshore oil and gas platforms are decommissioned and reused.

5 questions
Section 10: Working Offshore

What is it like to work Offshore? How do workers get to work? Where do they live? In this lecture you will learn the answers to these question as well as the importance of safety offshore.

5 questions

This is it! The final Quiz!

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