PTRT 1301
Introduction to Petroleum

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. An introduction to the various aspects of petroleum industry including equipment, systems, instrumentation, operations, and the various scientific principles.
    2. Addresses a variety of petroleum technologies: exploration, drilling, production, transportation, marketing, and chemical processing industries.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify the concepts of exploration, production, refining, marketing, and transportation.
    2. Describe the terms and phrases associated with the petroleum industry.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Complete course assignments / quizzes
    2. Lab participation
    3. Attendance
    4. Test(s)
    5. Final exam
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Book: Fundamentals of Petroleum, 5th ed. PETEX Publication ISBN: 0-88698-231-6
  5. Other Policies, Procedures and Important Dates
    1. Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog
  6. Course Organization and Schedule
    1. Disclaimer: Schedule, content and grading percentages are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.
  7. Grading
    Course homework/quizzes 35%
    Lab participation 35% (10% attendance)
    Test 15%
    Final Exam 15%
  8. Weekly Schedule (Contents subject to change)


Introduction:  The Demand For Oil

Chapter 1

Chapter 1.1 Petroleum Geology


Chapter 1.2  Petroleum Exploration


Chapter  1.2 Continued


Chapter 1.3 Mineral Rights and Leasing


Test 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 2.1 Drilling Operations


Chapter 2.1 Land Rigs


Chapter 2.1 OffShore Rigs


Test 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 3.1 Production practices


Chapter 3.2 Remote Production


Chapter 4.1 Transportation


Chapter 4.1 Refining and Processing


Chapter 5.2 Environmental, Health and Safety Concerns





Last Modified: August 29, 2016