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Module Description - BSc (Hons) Oil and Gas Management

Please see the module specification for further details; note that the specification represents the latest modules and may be subject to change.


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Semester 1

Academic Skills

This module serves as an introduction to the core academic skills required of students embarking on undergraduate studies in a range of courses and modules. Students will embed academic literacy, alongside the development of technical and interpersonal skills, as appropriate to study in specific disciplines. It takes a task-based and reflective learning approach to develop students’ existing skill sets, exploring and strengthening new skills and focusing on social and emotional skills.

Management and Organisations

Managers are responsible for planning, organising, leading and controlling human and other resources. This module introduces and explains the main business functions and considers the contribution made by theories to the practice of management. The module considers how management has evolved within an external environment of turbulent change. Management, leadership styles and motivational theories are also considered.

Marketing and Communications

This module focuses on the importance of marketing in its role in driving success and delivering results. It provides an introduction to the functions of marketing within the organisation, examines key marketing concepts and explores their application in the context of organisations. Students will examine the theories, processes and practices of good business communications to facilitate an understanding of the importance of effective internal and external communications in a business context.

Semester 2

Introduction to the Oil and Gas Environment

This module identifies key operational components of the oil and gas environment. It also identifies key operational aspects of local and multi-national oil and gas companies, including: exploration, production, refining, trading and marketing – effectively, the internal supply chain. Also examined are the economic benefits delivered to local communities.

Professional Skills

This module serves as an introduction to the professional skills required of students embarking on undergraduate studies across all programmes. The module focuses on embedding the professional skills needed to relate to specific disciplines. It takes a task-based and reflective learning approach to develop students’ existing skill sets, in both practical and theoretical terms, as well as exploring and strengthening new skills.

Financial and Economic Literacy for Managers

This module introduces students to governmental and economic policies, as well as financial information that impacts on business decision making. It enables students to apply concepts, models, and financial information to decision making. The module develops students’ ability to present information that supports decision making to relevant users and stakeholders.

Semester 3

Employability Skills

A compulsory module in which students develop the knowledge and apply professional skills to achieve employability outcomes within the context of the local, regional and global marketplace. The content allows students to critically reflect upon their career journey, share and explore ideas and interests, analyse graduate stories, develop an action plan and build self-confidence when making successful career transitions through and beyond completion of their programmes.

Global Energy Outlook

The module demonstrates the significance of evolution in energy systems including the importance of the operation of economic and population growth and the availability of alternative energy sources. It is concerned with polices that improve the standard of performance in the different parts of the world, whilst analysing their relationship with demand and supply. It also provides an overview of the future of energy sources.

Managing Energy Resources and Regulations

This module examines why affordable energy resources are essential for economic and social development, food production, water supply, and societal welfare. It examines how a long-term adverse impact can be prevented by understanding the importance of conservation, energy use and efficiency, clean energy and the relationship to climate and natural resources, including the development of policies to tackle these challenges.

Logistics and Operations for Oil and Gas

This module focuses on both logistics and operations within the oil and gas industry, including areas of risk management and oil refining. The module also provides the theoretical models behind job design and capacity management, quality management, lean operations and Just-in-Time. Overall, this module provides the opportunity for students to gain key insights into the Logistics and Operations relevant to the Oil and Gas Industry.

Semester 4

Project/Placement Design and Implementation

Whilst many higher education studies have focused on the importance of developing subject knowledge and the critical and analytical skills relevant to the study, it has become increasingly important for students to be able to apply this knowledge and these skills within a work context. Thus, this module provides students with the opportunity to either undertake a work placement or engage in a work-related learning project implemented within a specified timescale.

Evaluation and Reflection (Work Based/Related Learning)

Students undertaking this module are expected to be engaged (or have recently engaged) in a project or work placement, and thus should evaluate their work and reflect critically.

Reflection is a key aspect of the learning process as it involves examining experiences, actions, feelings, and responses in order to interpret and analyse them so as to learn from them.

Semester 5

Emerging Themes

Change is not only likely, it is inevitable. This module critically reviews theories, concepts and practices applicable to emerging issues that exemplify the dynamic working environment confronting organisations and workers today. The identification and analysis of these emergent issues provides students with a functional knowledge of current issues and a critical understanding of how these affect the shaping of overall organisational strategy and decision-making. This module will focus on specific emerging themes relating to students’ disciplines of study and will change to reflect the contemporary debates of the day.

Health and Safety

This module considers the role of health and safety in the oil and gas sector. It examines current sector topics such as offshore locations, transportation to and from offshore installations, RIDDOR - reporting of incidents, and the importance of near miss incidents, monitoring of health and safety procedures, whilst considering relevant legal and ethical issues. This module provides a link to the NEBOSH professional diploma.

Strategic Decision Making for Oil and Gas

This module assists students to develop their understanding of how organisations within the oil and gas industry enter into new markets and the factors they need to consider in doing so. Students are introduced to the key decision making factors they must consider when trying to either enter or exit a market, including competitive strategies that can be used to sustain and support growth.

Plus 1 Elective

Research Methods

This module allows students to undertake supervised research in an area of their chosen field as appropriate to their programme. The module aims to provide students with the tools and skills for developing their own academic research.

Research and the Professional

In business, there is a need to seek answers to questions, such as service levels, consumer perceptions or employees satisfaction. To succeed, businesses need to gather information about their competitors, their consumers and their own performance.

Through the evaluation of different research methods, students apply business research methods in a range of contexts. These methods will not only prove useful in personal and professional development but will form the foundation for work on a Capstone Project.

Semester 6

Any Electives equal to 60 Credits

Politics in the Oil and Gas Industry

The module explores politics and governance within the oil and gas industry. Outward looking activities such as corporate social responsibility and reputation management, which are concerned with how the firm is perceived by its stakeholders, are examined. The inward-looking activities of corporate governance and boardroom organisation and management, which address control and power within a corporation, are also examined.

Project and Risk Management

Project Management is a fundamental skill of the modern manager. This module identifies and demonstrates the key elements of project management and helps students to define and deliver projects distinctly from operational management tasks. It prepares students to manage projects both within a normal management role and/or as part of a major project team.

Environmental Management for Sustainable Development

This module is designed to identify the social and environmental factors associated with the development of oil and gas industries and the rising levels of consumption of these products. It critically examines the means of containing these factors to ensure that the future development of these industries is sustainable.

Capstone Project (Dissertation/ Consultancy Project/ Work Based Learning)

A Capstone Project synthesises a student’s learning in a single project that demonstrates their fulfilment of the programme learning outcomes. Each project results in a final product such as a research paper, article, a documented action project, presentation of a body of visual / literary work, written project, dissertation or combination thereof. It also includes a student’s reflection in writing on his or her experience in relation to the material.

Foundation year

English for academic purposes
An essential element to every programme is the utilisation of language, as well as presentation skills and the understanding of how to critique written material. These skills and those of a more academic flavour, in terms of correct referencing techniques, will greatly assist in the preparation for all modules at foundation level and beyond.

Numeracy 1
The delivery of this module is designed to create awareness of the impact numbers have in fields of study, the world of work and society in general. Technical and analytical skills will be developed to assist in further study.

Introduction to Computer Skills
In the digital age the impact on the way a course is approached requires in depth knowledge of Management Information Systems, including knowledge of data retrieval and storage. A comprehensive overview will be taught that includes the limitations and advancement of computers and technology.

Effectiveness in the Business World
This module creates an understanding of the wider implications of organisations, their competitive advantage, responsibilities and intent. Also the module is developing broad knowledge and comprehension of the basic principles, concepts and techniques in business.

English for Academic Purposes 2
Supplementing the earlier module completed in semester 1, during semester 2 the skills of identifying peer reviewed material , and obtaining feedback from presentations which encompass team work, time management and project management skills will assist not only other modules in the foundation year but also those over the next few years during the degree programme.

Numeracy 2
Further to the earlier module completed in semester 1, more numerical concepts are explored both in a theoretical and real-life environment, thereby creating a long lasting understanding of numeracy. Students are challenged to develop problem solving skills.

Plus 2 Electives

Understanding Accounting and Finance

As a result of differing knowledge students will have at this stage of the course the most essential techniques of understanding a Business organisation's financial performance and position will be taught. This will be achieved by understanding financials that are publicly available, and subsequently theory will be explored to create a wider understanding.

Understanding Human Resources Management
To further enhance knowledge of the structure and culture of organisations the module explores the relationship between managers, HR and management of staff in both real life scenarios and theoretical models. Due to the aspect of Human Resources being an integral aspect to every Business organisation, this module is a vital insight to future study and career prospects.

Understanding Law
By studying Law as an elective, a student will develop an understanding of the legal systems, both English and European. Understanding of how laws are made, interpreted and enforced and also how the role of the Courts, Judges and Lawyers affect the outcome of various legal challenges will be taught.

Understanding Management
Business organisations all require management and leadership and within this module the desired outcome is for the student to develop an overview of the management culture and management structure which interplays in every organisation. Also, the role of identifying the relationships between planning and operations and integrating the various functions of management will be studied.

Understanding Marketing and Events
The development of theories and strategies that allow the marketing and promotion of events will be the focus of this elective module. The concepts, techniques and theories that are developed in the teaching of the module assist the student to understand how to organise marketing and event management information, and to present arguments and conclusions in a clear and coherent fashion.

Understanding Mathematics in Economic Environments
Economic modelling comprises a large part of this module. The basis behind this module is to equip students with the basic mathematical tools to use in a variety of fields of economics.

Understanding Oil and Gas
The focus of the module is to understand how the myriad of skills, technologies and different organisations all work together to provide a flow of crude oil to market, from oil field to refinery to end consumer. The concept behind the module is to develop an interest in a specific element of the processes that bring fuel supply to the market in the 21st Century.

Understanding Technology
In this elective an overview of computers, networks and digital media is explored to appreciate better how the role of information technology is associated with and can relate to the sustainability of economic, human and natural resources. Further, to understand the relationships between digital technologies and media in the wider digital cultures and society.

Understanding Travel and Tourism
Core elements that will be developed during the study of this elective involve the identification of key tourism and hospitality concepts, the structure of the tourism industry and impact of the tourism industry. Students will be equipped to understand the dynamics shaping the tourism sector.

*The new programme structure relates to students enrolling from October 2015 only.
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