Detailed Course Structure

PE 141 Basic French I (1, 1, 1)

Establish one’s identity: Greetings and polite expression, introducing oneself and other. The Francophone World: The place of French in the world; Francophone countries and La Francophone. Time and Weather: Days of the week, months of the year; telling the time of the clock. Telling the weather, weather forecast. The Family/Professions: Members of the family, one’s place in the family; professions/trades of parents. Health and Sport; Parts of the body stating where one is suffering from; common diseases and medications; Heath facilities.


PE 151 Applied Electricity (2, 2, 3)
Circuit laws. Circuit theorems. Electrostatics. Electromagnetic. Magnetic circuits. Inductance. Alternating voltage and current. Signal waveforms. Introduction to transformers, DC machines, Induction Machines and Synchronous machines.


PE 153 Linear Algebra and Trigonometry (2, 2, 3)
Complex numbers: De Moivre’s theorem and its application to (i) summation of series, (ii) expansion of Sinn and Cosn in double angles, (iii) expansion of Sinn and Cosn in terms of Sinn and Cosn. Vector algebra and its applications. Introduction to matrix algebra and Spherical trigonometry.


PE 155 Technical Drawing (1, 3, 2)
Lettering with inclined and vertical strokes. Word spacing and compositions. Construction of lines. Angles. Regular polygons and general loci. Descriptive Geometry. First and third angle orthogonal projections. Dimensioning, limits, fits and tolerance.

PE 157 Communication Skills I (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to communication: methods and systems of communication. Pre-writing skills: developing listening skills, note-taking and note-making, developing reading skills, developing writing skills (I): Sentence level (the sentence as an ordered string of words, the simple sentence, basic sentence patterns, common grammatical errors). Coordination and parallelism. Ambiguity and Conventions of usage.


PE 159 Introduction to Computing (1, 2, 2)

Introduction to PCs. Windows operating system. Internet usage. Word Processing using MS Word. Spreadsheet using MS Excel. Presentation using MS PowerPoint. Programming using Visual Basic Applications (VBA) or any modern language useful for Engineers to know the basic concept of programming.


PE 161 Physical and Structural Geology (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to Geology and its branches. Internal structure of the earth. Continental margins: shelf, slope, rise. Plate tectonics. Earthquakes. Surface geomorphology. Principles of stratigraphy: fossils, geological time scale, radiometric methods of age determination. Brief treatment of the formation, classification, and identification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Mechanical properties of primary and secondary structural features and introduction to maps.


PE 167 Basic Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Review of vectors. Review of trigonometry. Fundamental concepts of mechanics. Forces and moments. Equilibrium of a rigid body. Structural analysis. Friction. Simple machines. Basic dynamics of Particles. Basic dynamics of rigid bodies and Simple harmonic motion.


PE 142 Basic French II (1, 1, 1)

Movement and Travel: Using adverbs of place to locate places; asking one’s way around, giving direction to places. Transportation: means and types of transport; local and foreign travel, identifying travel schedules. Problems of transportation. Making Purchases/shopping: Saying what one wants to buy; asking the price of items, bargaining and mode of payment. Life in the University: Identifying places on campus. Academic activities; administrative activities. Culinary Art /French cuisine: Art of cooking; kitchen/cooking utensils. Types of meals in a day.


PE 150 Calculus (2, 1, 2)

Differentiation of Algebraic and Circular Functions, Definitions, Partial Differentiation, Logarithmic Differentiation, Parametric Differentiation, Integration.


PE 152 Strength of Materials (2, 2, 3)

Mechanical properties of materials, Simple stresses, Axially loaded members, Temperature stresses, Shear stresses, Torsional shear stresses, Beams; Shear force and Bending moments, Bending stress in Beams. Complex Stresses: Two dimensional stress, Mohr’s stress circle.


PE 154 Physical and Analytical Chemistry (2, 1, 2)

Structure of the Atom, Chemical Bonding, Properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases, Introduction to Thermodynamics, Reaction Kinetics, Introduction and Scope of Analytical Chemistry, Sampling, Gravimetric Analysis, Volumetric Analysis, Spectrophotometric Analysis.


PE 156 Engineering Drawing (2, 2, 3)

Sectional views and standard conventions of sectional views, Curves of intersection of various planes and solids, Development of various solids like cylinders and spheres and Assembly drawing from both exploded view and working drawing views. Introduction to computer aided design software (eg AutoCAD).


PE 158 Communication Skills II (2, 1, 2)

Developing writing skills (II): Paragraph level (the controlling idea, the topic sentence, supporting sentences and developing the paragraph, transitional devices.) Developing writing skills (III): The whole essay (forms of discourse, inductive and deductive reasoning.) Developing writing skills (IV): Style (registers, diction, spelling and punctuation, editing).


PE 162 Applied Electronics (2, 1, 2)

Physical principles of semiconductor devices. Transistors: feedback theorem, operational amplifiers. Integrated circuit form of operational amplifiers. Feedback and stability. Active filters. Thyristors. Applications of basic electronics.


PE 170 Principles of Petroleum Engineering (2, 1, 2)

Physical properties of oil and gas bearing rocks. Basic principles and characteristics of petroleum reservoirs. Types of natural gas accumulation. Fundamentals of oil and gas well drilling. Principles of oil field development. Fundamentals of production methods and equipment. Fundamentals of transportation and gathering of oil and gas.


PE 172 Petroleum Geology (2, 1, 2)

Historical developments. Nature and origin of petroleum: composition, origin, conversion and maturation of organic matter, source sediments (rocks and pores), oil field waters, variety of petroleum hydrocarbons. Where and how oil and gas accumulate: Petroleum basins: development, petroliferous basins, basinal styles and geologic age, basin types and hydrocarbon richness, structure and fluid chemistry, geothermal gradients, continental shelves and slopes. Brief description of the stratigraphic succession of rocks in Ghana.




PE 251 Literature in English I (1, 1, 1)

Introduction to literature terms and devices. Specific texts: prose, drama and poetry. Vocabulary and language use. Literature as a reflection of contemporary way of life or society (the text as mirrors) literature and morality (the text as example) literature as a form of entertainment. African Writers Series.


PE 255 Mathematical Methods (2, 1, 2)

Ordinary Differential Equations, Laplace Transforms, Functions of Several Variables, Gamma and Beta Functions.


PE 265 Differential Equations (2, 2, 3)

Introduction: definition, classification of differential equations, solution of a differential equation of first-order, geometric interpretation, initial value problem (IVP) and boundary value problem (BVP), separation of variables, homogeneous equations, linear equations of the first-order: exact equations, second order linear equations with constant coefficients, linear equations with variable coefficients, the legendre and cauchy-euler equations, method of variation of parameters. Series solution.


PE 271 Organic Chemistry (2, 2, 3)

Organic compounds: molecular composition and structure, determination and calculation of empirical and molecular formulae, pictorial treatment of hybridization. Organic reaction mechanisms: classification, bond formation and fission. Reaction intermediates: carbocations, free radicals, carbanions, substitution, addition, elimination. Stereochemistry hydrocarbons: aliphatic, alicyclic, aromatic, structure, nomenclature, homologous series, gradation of properties, preparation, reactions.


PE 273 Chemical Thermodynamics (2, 2, 3)

Fundamental concepts. Zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics. Application to simple compressible substances. Introduction to gas power cycles. Vapour power cycles and introduction to steam plant. Reciprocating expanders and compressors. Theory of mixtures. Introduction to reciprocating IC engines.


PE 275 Principles of Surveying (2, 4, 3)

Introduction to geomatics: basic surveys: land surveys; compassing, leveling, taping, use of total station, GPS (navigation and tracking systems). Hydrographic surveys: definition, purpose and uses of hydrographic surveying, hydrographic surveying equipment, survey vessel/boat, tidal gauge, sextant, echo sounder, depth measuring devices – rods.


PE 277 Drilling Operations and Equipment (2, 1, 2)

Function and composition of drilling equipment. Rotary equipment. Equipment of rig’s hoisting system. Draw works and auxiliary equipment. Derrick, masts, and substructures. Circulating equipment and accessories. Mud system equipment and power plants. Characteristics of different prime movers. Types of power transmission. Derrick floor equipment and rig instrumentation. Drilling rig selection. Maintenance and safety measures.


PE 279 Geological Methods of Petroleum Exploration (2, 1, 2)

Functions of the exploration geologist: at exploration and production areas. Laboratory methods: core and log analyses, maps: subsurface, facies, paleogeologic, trend, hydrodynamic. Geographic and stratigraphic distribution of oil and gas.




PE 250 Mathematical Analysis (2, 1, 2)

Rolle’s theorem. Mean value theorems. Taylor’s theorem. Convergence of series. Power series. Taylor’s series and Maclaurin’s series. Indeterminate forms. Differentiation, parametric differentiation with application to plane curve.


PE 252 Literature in English II (1, 1, 1)

Reading and appreciation. Literary terms. Specific texts: prose, drama, poetry. Vocabulary and language use. Literature as a reflection of contemporary way of life or society (the text as mirrors). Literature and morality (the text as examples). Literature as a form of entertainment. Shakespearean and modern classics.


PE 256 Fieldtrip and Technical Report Writing I (1, 1, 1)

Fieldtrips to areas of interest. Students will be expected to present reports upon which they will be assessed for their credits.

PE 264 Fluid Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Properties of fluids: statics and kinematics of fluids. Euler’s equation, Bernoulli’s equation and applications. Dynamics of fluid flow. Turbulent and laminar flow. Flow in pipes. Friction and other losses. Open channel flow. Navier-Stokes Equation: Simple solutions. Dimensionless analysis.

PE 272 Drilling Engineering I (2, 2, 3)
Basic functions, properties and requirements of drilling fluids. Materials and chemicals for drilling fluids. Testing of drilling fluids. Types of drilling fluids. Mud handling, storage and control Basic properties of rocks. Prediction of pore pressures and fracture gradients. Subsurface temperatures and pressures. Rotary bits. Drill string. Power and torque required. Drilling hydraulics. Lost circulation. Casing and casing design. Fishing operations and practices. Cements and cementing operations.

PE 274 Petroleum Engineering Laboratory Practices (1, 4, 2)
Production simulator overview: oil process cold start; bring on stream remote station, well testing. Determination of rheology: viscosity, fluid loss determination. Determination of thickening time and compressive strength of cement. Core analysis: determination of porosity, permeability, saturation, and overburden pressure.

PE 276 Applied Geophysics (2, 1, 2)

Basic concepts of magnetic, gravity, electrical, resistivity and seismic methods. Common Depth Point (CDP) profiling and stacking. Time corrections applied to seismic data. Vertical Seismic Profiling (VSP). Data processing and 3D data and interpretation. Introduction to 4D (a reservoir management tool).

PE 278 Reservoir Engineering I (2, 2, 3)
Predict the performance of reservoir using appropriate methodsGas reservoirs: Volume factors. Calculation of gas in place. Material balance. Gas Condensate Reservoir (GCR): phase diagram, performance. Material balance with retrograde GCR. Undersaturated Oil Reservoirs (UOR): gas solubility, Formation Volume Factors (FVF). Material balance for UOR. Effective compressibility calculation above the bubble point. Characteristics of gas cap and water drive reservoirs. Generalized material balance equation. Water influx, Maximum Efficient Rate (MER).

PE 280 Properties of Reservoir Rocks and Fluids (2, 1, 2)
Structures, properties and fluid contents of reservoir rocks. Darcy’s law and the concept of permeability for single and multiple flow. Core analysis: capillary phenomena and state distribution of fluids. Calculation of hydrocarbon volume in place. Elementary flow pressures. Chemical, physical and thermodynamic properties of petroleum and reservoir fluids. Phase behaviour of multi-component hydrocarbon systems. Real gas laws. Liquid mixtures. Flash calculations. Pressure Volume Temperature (PVT) calculations.



PE 351 Computer Programming (1, 2, 2)

Elements of programming. Data description statements. Control structures. Data-processing statements. Input and output (I/O) statements. Procedure for developing a computer program and writing algorithms. Building a visual basic application. Steps in developing application. Visual basic data types. Visual basic decisions. Conditions and loops. Visual basic arithmetic operators. Visual basic programming applications in Engineering. Any modern language can be used.

PE 361 Probability and Statistics (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis. Principles of Probability. Random Variables and Distribution. Special Distribution. Testing of Hypothesis and Significance. Regression and correlation analyses. Mathematical Expectation.

PE 371 Well Logging (2, 2, 3)

Introduction to formation evaluation: Comparison of methods. Well conditioning for well logging. Electrical, nuclear and elastic wave propagation properties of rocks. Effects of drilling operations on formation conditions near wellbores. Wellbore conditions and well log interpretation problems. Principles of measurement, objectives, units of measurements and evaluation. Interpretation of water-wet, oil-wet, and multiple-porosity type reservoir rocks. Introduction to cased-hole logging. Computer aided logs.

PE 373 Drilling Engineering II (2, 2, 3)
Drilling fluid solids removal. Directional drilling and deviation control. Pressure control. Corrosion control. Straight hole drilling practices. Coring operations. Wire line usage and service. Drill stem testing. Wellbore pressure, equivalent circulating density, well kick and interpredicting pressure. Offshore drilling: floating drilling subsea guides, guide structure, casing and wellhead equipment, subsea Blowout Preventor (BOP) stacks and control, marine riser and its tensioning systems, guide line systems. Drilling economics.


PE 375 Natural Gas Engineering (2, 2, 3)

Properties of natural gases and volatile hydrocarbon liquids. Gas and gas-condensate reservoirs: deliverability, reserves, recoveries, material balances. Gas-well testing: determination of static and flowing bottom-hole pressures. Gas production from condensate and oil fields. Field separation and absorption processes. Dehydration and sweetening of natural gas. Hazard and safety measures in handling of natural gas.


PE 377 Reservoir Engineering II (2, 2, 3)

Water influx: hydraulic analogues, diffusivity equation, material balance and simultaneous calculations, analytical expressions. Fluid flow in reservoirs: Darcy’s Law, viscosities productivity index, permeability variation, productivity ratio, electric models. Zonal damage and well spacing. Recovery and deliverability. Displacement of oil and gas. Relative permeability. Buckly-Leverett. Oil recovery by internal gas drive. Productivity index decline. Displacement of oil by water in stratified reservoirs. Sweep efficiency.

PE 379 Production Operations and Equipment (2, 1, 2)

Wellhead equipment. Chokes and flow control. Production packer. Gas-lift valves. Specification and principles of standard pumping units. Subsurface pumps: sucker rod pumping system and accessories. Dynamometer. Echo sounding instruments. Hydraulic pumping equipment. Submersible pumping equipment. Oil and gas measurement and regulating instruments. Automation and process control instruments. Handling and operation of oil field instruments and equipment: hazard and safety measures.



PE 352 Public Relations (2, 0, 2)

Scope and importance of Public Relations (PR): the business of PR, definitions of PR, the publics of PR; PR distinguished from other forms of communication; the five images in PR; the qualities of a good PR officer. Planning PR programmes: the four reasons for planning PR programmes; the six-point planning model; the PR transfer process. The PR department; the size of PR department; the PR consultant and manager. The news media; the created private media; press relations. PR in developing countries. Crisis management PR.


PE 356 Fieldtrip and Technical Report Writing II (0, 4, 1)

Field trips to the area of interest. Students will be expected to present reports upon which they will be assessed for their credits.


PE 370 Computer Applications in Petroleum Engineering (1, 4, 2)

Advanced spreadsheet applications including macros. Database management. Basic Coding: Matlab, Excel. Digitising. Contouring. Volume calculation using appropriate software. Introduction to Reservoir Simulation: Eclipse, Petrel, PROSPER, Etc.


PE 372 Environmental Management, Health and Safety (2, 2, 3)

Atmospheric air and air parameters. Gases in industries and their effects. Atmospheric pollution. Water pollutants. Environmental concepts and impacts on onshore and offshore activities. Petroleum production operation and the environment. Environmental impacts assessments. Safety and occupational health. Ergonomics.


PE 374 Gathering and Transportation of Oil and Gas (2, 1, 2)

Basic principles, types, equipment. Pipes and fittings. Manifolds. Flow rate measurements and pressure control systems. Pipeline transportation: principles, flow calculations, specification, routes, maintenance and protection against corrosion. Pumps and compressors. Sampling and testing, Lease automatic custody transfer. Instrumentation and control. Long distance pipeline. Rules and regulations in transportation and storage. Storage of oil and gas: Types of storage tanks, Underground storage of natural gas.

PE 376 Enhanced Oil Recovery (2, 2, 3)

Secondary and tertiary recovery mechanisms including water flooding. Thermal processes: steam stimulation and flooding, hot water injection, and in situ combustion. Chemical processes: micellar solution, polymer and caustic flooding. Miscible hydrocarbon displacement: LPG miscible slug, high pressure lean gas miscible and carbon dioxide miscible processes. Some case histories.


PE 378 Well Test Analysis (2, 2, 3)

Role of Well Testing, Data Acquisition, Reservoir Description, Types of tests (Drawdown, Buildup, Fall-off, Interference test, Drill-stem test, Pulse test;), Basics of Reservoir models: infinite, finite constant pressure boundary, Dimensionless Variables, Solutions to Diffusivity equations, Superposition in Space and Time, Type of curves, fractured wells;

PE 380 Petroleum Production Engineering (2, 2, 3)

Inflow performance relationship. Vertical two-phase flow. Horizontal two-phase flow. Choke/Bean performance. Performance of flowing well and its design. Principles of gas-lift. Gas-lift valve mechanics. Continuous and Intermittent gas-lift design. Principles of chamber lift and plunger lift. Sucker rod pumping design. Selection of pumping units. Design and selection of electrical submersible pumping installation. Design and selection of hydraulic pumping system.



PE 451 Research Methods and Ethics in Science (2, 0, 2)

Definition and concepts of research. Research process. Research design. Literature review. Sampling. Reliability and validity of data. Qualitative and quantitative research methods. Research reporting. Definition of ethics in science. How ethics and values intersect with professionalism. Ethical theory and applications. Standards of ethical conduct in science. Common ethical principles in science. Fraud in science. Whistle blowing. Conflict of interest. Case studies.


PE 455 Geographic Information System (GIS) (1, 3, 2)

General introduction of GIS. Spatial data and geo-information. Representation of real world. Representation of geographic fields and objects. Computer representation of geographic data. Topology and spatial relationship. Data processing systems. Data entry and preparation. Spatial data analysis. Data visualisation. Application of GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS) to resource management.


PE 459 Operations Research (2, 2, 3)

Application of the following operations research techniques in solving relevant problems: Linear and integer programming. Assignment and transportation problems. Decision analysis. Project scheduling methods: CPM, PERT. Simulation techniques. Application of appropriate computer software.


PE 461 Principles of Economics (2, 0, 2)

Introduction to microeconomics: Demand and supply. Elasticities. The concept of market structures. Introduction to macroeconomics: Functions of government. Measurement of national output and income. Money and banking. Unemployment and inflation. Interdependence and the gains from trade.


PE 467 Instrumentation and Control (2, 2, 3)

General Introduction to the science of measurement. Introduction to strain gauges. Advanced strain gauge system. General discussion on open and closed loops. Translation elements and block diagrams. Types of systems response. The theory and practice of control technology. General comments on other types of controllers.


PE 471 Oil and Gas Field Project Evaluation (2, 2, 3)

Elements of economic evaluation. Time value of money. The economic decision process. Assessment of risk and uncertainty. Simulation of the Monte Carlo Simulation method. Evaluation of future production by performance trend. Petroleum accounting practices. Cost estimation principles. Oil and gas field planning and management. Profitability analysis. Types and purposes of reports.


PE 473 Petroleum Refining and Petrochemical Engineering (2, 2, 3)

This course is intended to give student a general overview of petroleum refinery design, processes and its various products. Students are expected at the end of the course to be equipped with the various distillations and solvent refining processes as well as the refinery equipment and machines. This course also exposes student to the petrochemical aspects of petroleum products from the refineries.




PE 450 Project Work (0, 12, 4)

Each student will undertake a project work relevant to the petroleum industry and within the petroleum engineering curriculum under the supervision of a member of staff of the Department or the University. Project work at this level is aimed at gathering, analysing and presenting data in the form of a technical report.

PE 452 Colloquium/Seminar (1, 1, 1)

Students will be taught the rigor of technical writing and oral/poster presentation. Each student will present a seminar on his/her project work or scientific topic agreed on with his/her supervisor.

PE 454 Business Entrepreneurship (2, 0, 2)

Introduction to business entrepreneurship: Definitions and theories of business entrepreneurship. How to identify new business opportunities. Forms of business ownership. Starting a business in Ghana. Writing a business plan. Management of business enterprises: Financial management, Insurance, Taxation. Risks in business. Entrepreneurship as a strategic practice.

PE 458 Principles of Management (2, 0, 2)

Introduction: Some developments in management thought, functions of managers. Managerial planning and decision-making. Orgnanising: The formal organisational structure, organisational levels and span of management, departmentation, power, authority, responsibility and accountability, Decentralisation and delegation of authority. Staffing or human resource management. The human factor, motivation and leadership. Controlling. Application of the principles of management through case studies.

PE 460 Corporate Social Responsibility (2, 0, 2)

The concept of sustainable development. The evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Drivers and definitions. Theories to analyse and explain Corporate Social Responsibility. Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana. Compensation, relocation/resettlement and alternative livelihood issues. Case studies.

PE 472 Alternative Energy Source (2, 2, 3)

Energy demand and supply: Past, Today, and Future. Energy and Environment, Non-renewable energies. Wind energy. Fusion energy. Geothermal Energy. Ocean Energy. Spring Energy. Solar energy. Fuel Cells and Electric Storage. Appropriate energy technology. Nuclear energy. Biomass energy. Economics of energy projects

PE 474 Petroleum Laws and Regulations (2, 1, 2)

Principles of petroleum laws. The framework for managing the upstream petroleum industry in Ghana as established and given legal backing by two main statutes: Ghana National Petroleum Corporation Law of 1983 (PNDC Law 64), and the Petroleum Exploration and Production Law of 1984 (PNDC Law 84), supplemented by the Petroleum Income Tax Law of 1987 (PNDC Law 188). Examples of petroleum laws from other jurisdictions. Oil regulations and other environmental legislations.