Course Description

This course gives you an overview of exploration and drilling as you understand how companies know where to look for petroleum deposits. You'll learn about exploration techniques that lead to prospective areas for oil and gas. You'll also learn how these resources are accessed including the drilling equipment and procedures involved as well as the components and techniques needed to safely drill a well.

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Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • describe exploration and drilling for petroleum deposits
  • discuss the origins of petroleum deposits
  • describe exploration techniques
  • discuss land survey systems
  • describe drilling equipment and operations.


This program was made possible by funding from the Government of Alberta.
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Section Title
Upstream - Exploration and Drilling
Online Asynchronous
Jun 05, 2023 to Jul 09, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $235.00
Drop Request Deadline
Apr 14, 2022 to Jun 13, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 14, 2022 to Jun 13, 2023
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 14, 2023 to Jun 28, 2023
Required Software
Internet Access
Reading List / Textbook

Course Materials:

All required course materials are included in tuition fees.

Section Notes

There are no prerequisites for this course. 

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