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بكالوريوس العلوم في علوم الأرض البترولية والاستشعار عن بعد
الكلية
كلية العلوم
القسم
الفيزياء التطبيقية وعلم الفلك
التخصص
تاريخ الاعتماد
مكان الدراسة
الحرم الجامعي الرئيسي
المرحلة
البكالوريوس
نظام الدراسة
المساقات الدراسية
عدد الساعات المعتمدة
123 (س.م)
المبلغ الكلي
المدة الدراسية
4
لغة التدريس
الانجليزية
الفصول الدراسية
الخريف والربيع
وضع الدراسة
دوام كامل
بكالوريوس العلوم في علوم الأرض البترولية والاستشعار عن بعد

Personnel

Chairperson:                                       Attaelmanan Gaffar.

Professors:                                         

Associate Professors:                         

Assistant Professors:                        

Visiting Academics:                          

Lecturers:                                             

 

 

 

 

Vision

The program aims to be recognized in the region in providing highly qualified graduates who can address the rapid technological challenges of the future.

 

Mission

The program is committed to graduate highly qualified professionals equipped with latest knowledge in Petroleum, Geosciences and remote sensing areas and skills who can contribute to the economic development of the United Arab Emirates and the region.

Program Goals

1.     Provide students with the knowledge and skills, including problem analysis, solving, and design, necessary for a successful career in Petroleum Geosciences and remote sensing.

2.     Equip students with skills of critical thinking, teamwork, leadership and communications, and use them to solve complex problems in Petroleum Geosciences and remote sensing.

3.     Prepare students to develop knowledge using modern design tools and new technologies in sciences and learn through appropriate lifelong education processes.

4.     Prepare students to be admitted to and succeed in graduate study in internationally recognized universities.


 


Program outcomes


Upon successful completion of the B.Sc. in Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing program the student will have the ability to:

1.     Identify, formulate, and solve petroleum, geosciences and remote sensing problems.

2.     Apply fundamental principles and concepts of geosciences and remote sensing in theoretical and practical situations.

3.     Employ modern technologies and established IT skills to collect, interpret, and present geological data.

4.     Implement independent experiments under guidance using to the appropriate research methodologies.

5.     Work effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context.

6.     Communicate information concisely and accurately using written, visual, and verbal means appropriate to the situation.

7.     Actively engaging in professional development and life-long learning activities.

8.     Model geosciences related components to meet economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety needs.


 


 


 


Career Opportunities


Graduates from the PGRS will find employment opportunities covering a wide spectrum mainly in petroleum sectors. Geoscientists are in high demand in many oil and gas industries, mineral and water exploration, geo-imaging and remote sensing, natural risks management, environmental monitoring, forensic geosciences and archaeological excavation and preservation , as well as research positions in industry and government laboratories. Problem-solving techniques learned in the petroleum geosciences curriculum create opportunities for continued educational pursuits and/or higher graduate study in geosciences. 


The main potential employers and probable outlets for Geoscientists in the UAE are:

  • National and international oil and gas companies such as ADNOC, ADMA and ADCO, ENOC, Dubai Oil and gas, ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Total and Schlumberger.
  • Governmental agencies with activities related to soil, water, energy, and environment; such as Ministry of Environment and Water, Ministry of Energy, Abu Dhabi and other Environmental Agency as well as Municipalities in all the Emirates.
  • Academic and educational institutions.
  • Civil Engineering Bureaus, construction companies and cement and rock quarries industry at both large and small scale entrepreneurs.
  • Police authority in forensic laboratories.
  • Archaeological and Heritage Museums.

 

Program Overview

The program is designed in accordance with the mission and vision of the University and the College of Science to meet the needs of the students, the community and the industry at large. The contents of the program are in line with or similar to many universities' undergraduate programs in USA and in Europe.

Quality and excellence in both the curriculum and instructional pedagogy are ensured by following the procedures listed in table below. A student undertaking this program should complete a total of 123 credit hours distributed as follows:

 

 CompulsorySupportElectiveTotal
University Requirements15-924
College Requirements15--15
Department Requirements5013Dep.Free84
156
Total801330123

 

Course Numbering System: Each course number consists of 7 digits that are grouped in 5 fields as follows:

College No.Dept. No.Course levelSpecialized fieldSerial No.
1460XYZ

 

Specialized fields of knowledge in PESCRESE are numbered as follows:

DigitField of Knowledge
1Petroleum
2Geology
3Remote Sensing
0General  [seminar ,training , project]

 

 

I.  University Requirements

The list of the University required courses and their descriptions are presented in the introductory pages of the College of Sciences section in this bulletin.

II. Collage Requirements

Mandatory Courses

Every student in the College of Sciences irrespective of specialization is required to take the 15 credit hours of mandatory courses listed below:

Course #Course NameCr HrsPrerequisites
1440131Calculus I3None
1411116Programming I4None
1430110Physics I for Sciences 31440131 (P/Co)
1430116Physics I Lab11430110 (P/Co)
1420101General Chemistry I3None
1420102General Chemistry I Lab11420101 (P/Co)

 

III. Program Requirements

The program requirements consist of 84 credit hours of courses divided into four major sets as described below.

A. Mandatory Core Courses

This set consists of 50 credit hours encompassing the courses listed below:

Course #Course NameCrHrsPrerequisites
1460120Physical Geology31430117
1460220Sedimentary Rocks and Sedimentology31460120
1460221Stratigraphy and Structural Geology31460220
1460223General Geophysics31460221
1460224Regional Geology31460221, 1460310(P/Co)
1460230Introduction to Geospatial Information System (GIS)3None
1460231Introduction to Remote Sensing31460230
1460310Petrophysics31460223, 1440241
1460311Petroleum Geology31420101, 1460220
1460312Exploration Geophysics I31460223, 1440241
1460313Exploration Geophysics II31460312
1460320Geologic Remote Sensing31460231
1460322Seismology and Plate Tectonics31460223, 1440241
1460400Training1Senior Standing at level 4, standing the Approval of the Department.
1460401Seminar1Senior Standing
1460402Graduation Project3Department consent
1460413Reservoir Characterization31460420
1460420Well Logging31460310

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B. Supportive Courses

This category includes 13 credit hours offered by other departments for the students as indicated in the table below:

Course #Course NameCrHrsPrerequisites
0202207Technical Writing  3None
1440132Calculus II31440131
1430117Physics II31440132(P/Co), 1430110
1430118Physics II Lab11430116, 1430117(P/Co)
1440241Ordinary Differential Equation I31440132

 

C. Elective Courses

These elective courses (15 credit hours) are to be chosen from a list of courses offered by the department. The support and core courses are the preparatory courses, which are designed to meet the breadth requirement in the program. After completing the preparatory courses, students are strongly encouraged to choose from alternative groupings of electives (referred to as "groups") in different areas of PGRS to fulfill the depth requirement.

Course #Course NameCrHrsPrerequisites
1460222Paleontology31460220
1460225Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology31460120 ,  1420101
1460300Special Topics I3Departmental approval
1460301Special Topics II3Departmental approval
1460314Petroleum Geology of the Middle East31460224(P/Co)
1460324Hydrogeology31460220 , 1460223
1460325Environmental Geology and Risk Management31460220 & 1460223
1460414Petroleum Geochemistry31460311
1460415Basin Analysis31460420 , 1460221
1460421Seismic Stratigraphy31460221 ,1460312
1460430Advanced Geographic Information System31460231
1460431Environmental Remote Sensing31460231
1460432Digital Image Processing31440132

 

D. General Free Elective Courses

Each student registered in the program is required to take 6 credits (2 courses) as general free elective courses. Such courses can be taken from the university's pool of courses at large upon the approval of the academic advisor. These courses are intended to broaden the knowledge of students by combining studies from the program with studies from other academic disciplines.


Study Plan

The Petroleum Geosciences and Remote Sensing program encompasses 123 credits hours that are spread over eight semesters and could be completed in four years. The following distribution of courses by semester facilitated student's normal progression through the study plan.

Year 1, Semester 1 (16 Credits)
Course TitleCrHrsPrerequisites

0201102

0201105

Arabic Language  or  Arabic for non-Arabic speakers3 
0202112English for Academic Purposes3 
1460120Physical Geology3 
1430110Physics I for Sciences3 
1430116Physics I Lab 1 
1440131Calculus I3 

 

Year 1, Semester 2 (17 Credits)
Course TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1411100Introduction to IT (English)3 
1420101General Chemistry I3 
1420102General Chemistry I Lab1 
0202207Technical Writing  3 
1430117Physics II3 
1430118Physics II Lab 1 
1440132Calculus II3 

 

Year 2, Semester 3 (16 Credits)
Course TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1411116Programming I4 
1460220Sedimentary Rocks and Sedimentology3 
1460221Stratigraphy and Structural Geology3 
0104101Islamic Culture3 
1460230Introduction to Geospatial Information System (GIS)3 

 

Year 2, Semester 4 (15 Credits)
Course TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1440241Ordinary Differential Equations I3 
1460223General Geophysics3 
1460231Introduction to Remote Sensing3 
1460224Reginal Geology3 
1460xxxSpecialized Elective -13 

 

Year 3, Semester 5 (15 Credits)
Course TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1460320Geologic Remote Sensing3 
1460310Petrophysics3 
1460312Exploration Geophysics I3 
1460xxxSpecialized Elective -23 
1460xxxSpecialized Elective -33 

 

 

 

 

Year 3, Semester 6 (18 Credits)
Course TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1460313Exploration Geophysics II3 
1460311Petroleum Geology3 
1460xxxSpecialized Elective -43 
1460xxxSpecialized Elective -53 
 University Elective -13 
 General Free Elective -13 

 

Year 4, Semester 7 (16 Credits)
Course TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
1460322Seismology and Plate Tectonic 3 
1460420Well Logging 3 
1460401Seminar1 
 University Elective -23 
 University Elective -33 
 General Free Elective -23 

 

Year 4, Semester 8 (10 Credits)
Course TitleCrHrsPrerequisites
0302200Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship3  
1460402Graduation Project 3 
1460413Reservoir Characterization 3 
1460400Training 1 

 


Core courses

Description of the core courses are given below.

 

1460120Physical Geology(2-3:3)
Introduction to the fundamentals of physical geology. Composition and structure of the Earth, mineral and rock identification, plate tectonics, mountain building, geological structures, earthquakes, volcanism, erosion and sedimentation processes. Laboratory exercises concentrate on mineral and rock identification and the interpretation of topographic and geologic maps. At least one field trip to a nearby locality is required.

 

1460220Sedimentary Rocks and Sedimentology(3-0:3)
Elements of sedimentary basin formation, style of sedimentation, provenance, associated facies, and subsequent physicochemical changes through time. Plate tectonic, climatic, allo- and auto-cyclic constraints on sedimentary rocks. Emphasis on convergent and rifted margin sedimentary record. Usage of several macroscopically and microanalytically tools for detailed sedimentary basin analysis. . Computer software will be introduced for basin analysis and data interpretation. At least one field trip is required.

 

1460221Stratigraphy and Structural Geology(2-3:3)
This course covers the principal laws of stratigraphy, facies, sea level changes, transgression, regression, sedimentation cyclic, correlation, mass extinction, sequence stratigraphy, surface and subsurface stratigraphy of the UAE. Principles of structural geology. Concepts of true and apparent dip of strata, folds, structural contours for homoclinal and complex surfaces, geological cross-sections, block diagrams, isopachs, faults, intrusive and extrusive igneous structures, impact structures, landslides and sinkholes. Laboratory exercises focus on the interpretation of geological maps and cross-sections and stereographic projection using Schmidt net. Computer software will be used in directional data interpretation, manipulation, and diagram and graph construction. At least one field trip to a nearby locality is required.

 

1460223General Geophysics(2-3:3)
Introduction to applied and solid-earth geophysics; the gravitational, seismic, magnetic, thermal, and radioactive properties of rocks and earth materials; methods of measurement and their applications to the exploration of the Earth's interior. Physical properties of the earth's interior. Some field trips are required.

 

1460224Regional Geology(3-0:3)
The course covers the major tectonic elements of the Arabian Peninsula, as well as the rocks and the sedimentary cover in Arabia peninsula. Geological, structural and geomorphological evolution of Arabia with emphasis on hydrocarbon potentials, mineral wealth and underground water resources. At least one field trip is required.

 

1460230Introduction to Geospatial Information Systems (GISs)(2-3:3)
In this introductory course, students become familiar with the concepts and gain the experience necessary to appreciate the utility of Geographic Information Systems in decision making. Topics covered include the fundamentals of cartography, scale, projection, and coordinate systems in GIS, geo-referencing, data structures, querying, data classification, and basic spatial data analysis. The course provides an overview of the capabilities of GIS software and applications of GIS. Class time is divided between lectures and GIS exercises that reinforce critical concepts.

 

1460231Introduction to Remote Sensing(2-3:3)
This course describes the fundamental theory and concept of remote sensing. The course would overview properties and capturing techniques of remote sensing data that contain aerial photography, Landsat, Spot, radar imagery and thermal imagery. Basic principles include the basic characteristics of electromagnetic radiation; radiometry; the interactions between radiation and terrestrial materials and atmospheric constituents; characteristics of sensor systems and their measurements. The interactions between radiation and terrestrial materials (Vegetation, soil, water, and rocks) and atmospheric constituents, with incorporation of ancillary data and ground truth.

 

1460310Petrophysics(2-3:3)
The different types of coring are covered in this course in addition to the handling and storage procedures of core samples. The course covers the methods of measuring the petrophysical characteristics of reservoir rocks such as porosity, permeability, density, resistivity…etc.

 

 

1460311Petroleum Geology(2-3:3)
The course includes the definition and properties of petroleum and natural gas. The origin, migration and accumulation of hydrocarbons as related to source, reservoir and seal rocks and reservoir properties. Structural, stratigraphic and combination traps. Different exploration methods and the basin analysis are also introduced as a tool of understanding the course. Computer software will be introduced for basin analysis and data interpretation. At least one field trip is required to investigate the outcrop section of a major reservoir in Saudi Arabia.

 

1460312Exploration Geophysics I(2-3:3)
The course covers the principles of the seismic reflection and refraction methods with special emphasis on the reflection techniques. It consists of two parts: an introduction to the data acquisition and processing; and the seismic interpretation. The course aims at delineating subsurface Geology including layer succession, types of structures, etc. Also, the course covers an introduction to the attributes as a tool, AVO, VSP and synthetic seismogram. Comparison with well logging data is included. In addition, the basis of the different stacking techniques is introduced.

 

1460313Exploration Geophysics II(2-3:3)
The course covers the theory and data acquisition and processing of the non-seismic methods, which includes gravity, magnetic, electrical and electromagnetic method. The role of these methods in the exploration for hydrocarbon, groundwater, minerals, as well as civil and environmental applications. Survey execution, interpretation and data processing.

 

1460320Geologic Remote Sensing(2-3:3)
This course is an introduction to the theory and techniques of remote sensing tools with emphasis on the geosciences and geology.  This course explores the use of remote sensing for integrated image interpretation and geological mapping to obtain lithological, stratigraphy and geological structure. It includes image processing techniques, interpretation and analysis that used for geological investigation.  The integrated geological mapping approach re-interpreted in a GIS environment on the basis of aerial photographs, satellite imagery and airborne geophysical data. The laboratory work includes the data fusion and processing of satellite images with various spectral and geometric resolutions.

 

1460322Seismology and Plate Tectonics(2-3:3)
The course covers the dynamics of the solid Earth from theoretical, observational seismology and seismotectonics in relation to earthquake hazard and mitigation. It provides an in-depth study of earthquake seismology and earthquake hazard in relationship with the plate tectonics. The course includes understanding the plates' movements and the procedures of interpreting earthquake seismograms and determination of earthquake focal mechanisms. Examples of the UAE seismicity and the tectonic evolution of the Arabian Plate are given.

 

1460400Training(1-0:1)
A total period of eight weeks of internship in the industry to gain practical experience in the field of geology. The student is required to submit a written report and make an oral presentation at the department based on the experience of the training program.

 

1460401Seminar(1-0:1)
Preparation and presentation of selected topics. Each student is expected to submit a written report on his topic and make an oral presentation at the class.

 

1460402Graduation Project(1-6:3)
Topics will depend on student's and instructor's interest. They may vary from acquisition and interpretation of geophysical data from the field or the laboratory to computer models and simulation of theoretical problems of interest in geophysics, or a mixture of both. Weekly consultations with the instructor as well as a written report are required.

 

1460413Reservoir Characterization(3-0:3)
Basic petrophysical properties of reservoir rocks including porosity, permeability, fluid saturation, electrical conductivity, capillary pressure, and relative permeability. Laboratory measurement of the reservoir rock characteristics mentioned above.

 

1460420Well Logging(2-3:3)
Comprehensive study of modem well logging methods, open hole and cased hole log interpretation methods. Production logging. Design of logging programs and examples of applications.

 

1460222Paleontology(3-0:3)
This course covers the invertebrate fossils groups and their applications in stratigraphy and paleoecology. A special attention is given to their importance in the petroleum exploration in the United Arab Emirates. The course also includes the study of the fossils' characteristic morphology and microstructure and their role in the history of life on Earth.
1460225Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology(3-0:3)
Nature, origin, differentiation and crystallization of magma. Phase relations in silicate melts. Mode of occurrence, textures, petrography and minerals of igneous rocks.

 

1460300Special Topics I(3-0:3)
The course will cover a special topic in one of the field of the petroleum, Geology, Remote Sensing and related disciplines. Topics will be selected according to the faculty expertise and the students' interest and enrollment.

 

1460301Special Topics II(3-0:3)
The course will cover a special topic in one of the field of the petroleum, Geology, Remote Sensing and related disciplines. Topics will be selected according to the faculty expertise and the students' interest and enrollment.

 

1460314Petroleum Geology of the Middle East(3-0:3)
This course gives an introductory overview of the Geographic and geomorphologic setting as well as the geologic setting, and the sequence stratigraphy. The History of hydrocarbon exploration is also given as well as the current status of Middle East oil.

 

1460324Hydrogeology(2-3:3)
In this course, students will become familiar with the concepts of occurrence and movement of groundwater and will gain the knowledge on applications of ground water theories for practical use.  Topics covered include the fundamentals of hydrological cycle, types and properties of geological formations holding ground water, theories of ground water movement, usage of flow nets, well hydraulics,   analysis of pumping data, groundwater quality and pollution, field exploration and survey for ground water, and usage of computer software

 

1460325Environmental Geology and Risk Management(3-0:3)
The course covers the environmental problems, hazards and their mitigation. Critical evaluation of geological processes: volcanic activity, earthquakes, slope failures and landslides, flooding, groundwater movement, solution cavities and sinkholes. Environmental problems associated with human interaction: groundwater pollution, groundwater withdrawal, acid rain, solid waste disposal, land development and urbanization, agricultural activity, soil erosion, and desertification. Current environmental issues. Selected case studies and computer software related to the subject will be introduced At least one field trip to a nearby locality is required.

 

1460414Petroleum Geochemistry(3-0:3)
The course's main goal is to provide the student with an overview of the petroleum industry: its history, its technical achievements, its role in the global-economy and its future prospects. Introduction to modern exploration, production and processing operations is included as well as highlights of the petrochemicals and petroleum industry.

 

1460415Basin Analysis(3-0:3)
The mystery of hydrocarbon accumulation in sedimentary basins is discussed with reference to worldwide and Arabian Gulf examples. The course includes a special emphasis on the key elements and the where about and how to find the accumulation.

 

1460421Seismic Stratigraphy(3-0:3)
This course covers the procedure of understanding the stratigraphy by using the seismic sections. It covers the key elements of seismic reflection patterns, amplitudes and frequencies essential to a specific basin stratigraphic and facies analysis that lead to oil and gas play definition. Also, the geological description and interpretation of seismic parameters within the seismic-sequence correlation framework are covered. The methods of analyzing depositional environment is being detailed with emphasis on carbonate environments, type of rocks, Sedimentary sequences, fluid content and contacts, palaeo-sea level change and the Geologic history.

 

1460430Advanced Geographic Information Systems(2-3:3)
The course deals with design and operation and operation of Geospatial Information Systems (GISs) and their role in digital mapping and spatial data management. Topics covered include basic data structure, data source and models, geospatial analysis, digital elevation data and terrain analysis. The Course includes an embedded computer lab for hands-on training with GIS software.  It includes the use of GIS within oil and gas exploration and production activities using petroleum industry spatial data and workflows. It Introduce the functionality that allows geoscientists to import spatial and non-spatial databases, integrate, manage and analyze data to produce information for decision-making.

 

 

 

 

1460431Environmental Remote Sensing(2-3:3)
This course is designed to introduce students to remote sensing science and technology. It emphasizes mastering fundamental remote sensing concepts and utilizing remotely sensed data for environmental information extraction and problem solving. The course introduces the student to remote sensing basics for environmental Modeling and monitoring and its application in geoscience. The first part of the course will cover the remote sensing and techniques to acquire, enhance, interpret and analyze remote sensing imagery using visual and computer-based methods. The second part of the course addresses the role and nature of Environmental Models. The third part deals with the application of remote sensing principles and data to environmental science. Topics include the use of remote sensing for environmental applications related to different studies of hazards monitoring, hydrology, air pollution, and land use/land cover.

 

1460432Digital Image Processing(3-0:3)
This course explores the major categories of digital image processing. Digital image fundamentals, perception, discrimination, and sampling. Image transforms using FFT Fourier Algorithm. Image rectification and restoration, image enhancement, filtering and multi-image manipulation, image encoding, image segmentation and description. Image classifications, typical steps in numerical analysis. Classification accuracy assessment and data merging training on a selected software such as Mat lab.