Fundamentals of Reservoir Physics

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course includes properties of porous media, fundamental petrophysical concepts and equations, absolute and relative permeability, wettability, capillary pressure, core analysis and well logging. New petroleum technologies for low carbon energy production, including CO2 capture and storage (CCUS). Alternative sustainable energy resources for the future.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course

The student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student should be able to:

  • Explain properties of porous media, with emphasis on oil- and gas reservoirs
  • Characterize multiphase flow in porous media, focusing on oil production
  • Explain impacts on fluid flow in porous rocks from permeability, pressure, temperature, capillary pressure, relative permeability and wettability
  • Present principles for well logging
  • Present perspectives on how oil- and gas production will be an integrated part of the future global energy resources
  • Present new technologies for oil- and gas production for low carbon energy production with CO2 capture and storage (CCUS)


The student should have the following skills:

  • Be able to execute and understand mathematical characterization of multiphase flow in porous media
  • Execute analysis of oil- and gas production
  • Contribute to execution of improved oil production projects
  • Contribute to development of sustainable technologies for low carbon energy production from petroleum resources

General competence

The student should be able to:

  • Understand and contribute to activities for production of oil- and gas reservoirs
  • Contribute to the energy transformation towards more sustainable energy production from fossil fuel resources

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, geology and chemistry.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
PTEK211: 10 ECTS
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods

The teaching method is by lectures.

Activity/ Hours per week: 3

Activity/ Number of weeks: 14

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
No compulsory activities
Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:

Oral exam

Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Spring semester and autumn semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality control system at UiB and the department.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Contact information for the course coordinator is available at «Mitt UiB», alternatively contact the student advisor.
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Physics and Technology are administratively responsible for the course.