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Academic Programme


To meet the requirement of the OBE accreditation procedures, ten stipulated basic criteria are presented hereafter. Details of how the university and the programme address each criterion and accompanying evidence are also highlighted.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Department of Petroleum Engineering has established the following objectives of the undergraduate program in support of our mission and that of the University. Graduates are expected to be able to attain these objectives within 5 years following graduation:

PEO1: Develop knowledge, skills (including transferable skills, such as leadership, motivation, time management, prioritization, delegation, listening, communication, analytics) and understanding, as well as awareness and “know how”, in the fields of engineering and its related disciplines so that as graduates they will be equipped to enter into self-employment and employment as professional engineers progressing on to Registered Engineer or equivalent status) or a wide range of other professional careers.

PEO2: Prepare them to engage in life-long and critical enquiry with skills in research and knowledge acquisition and an appreciation of the value of education to the wider community.

PEO3: Provide them with internationally recognized qualifications which meet and exceed the requirements of the COREN Outcome-Based Education Benchmark for Engineering Programmes in Nigeria and international Benchmark Statements for Engineering for ABET, Engineering Council, UK, etc.

PEO4: Provide the engineering industry and profession, in Nigeria and elsewhere, with ready employable and enterprising graduates prepared for the assumption of technical, managerial and financial responsibilities.

PEO5: Achieve the above in the contexts of the University of Ibadan Vision plans, following the University’s policies and procedures and conforming to the relevant sections of the Quality and Academic Standards (QAS) guidelines.

Programme Outcomes (POs)/ Student Outcomes (SOs)

The POs are as follows:




Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering fundamentals and an engineering specialization to the solution of developmental and complex engineering problems.



Identify, formulate, research literature and analyse developmental and complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences.

Design / development

of solutions

Proffer solutions for developmental or complex engineering problems and design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety, cultural, societal and environmental considerations.
4InvestigationConduct investigation into developmental or complex problems using research-based knowledge and research methods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information to provide valid conclusions.

Modern Tool


Create, select and apply appropriate techniques, resources and modern engineering and ICT tools, including prediction, modelling and optimization to developmental and complex engineering activities, with an understanding of the limitations.

The Engineer

and Society

Apply reasoning informed by contextual knowledge including Humanities and Social Sciences to assess societal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to professional engineering practice.




Understand the impact of professional engineering solutions in societal and environmental contexts and demonstrate knowledge of and need for sustainable development.
8EthicsApply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms of engineering practice, including adherence to the COREN Engineers Code of Conducts.

Individual and


Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader in diverse teams and in multi-disciplinary settings.
10CommunicationCommunicate effectively on developmental or complex engineering activities with the engineering community and with society at large, such as being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.



and Finance

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of engineering, management and financial principles and apply these to one's own work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multi-disciplinary environments.



Recognize the need for, and have the preparations and ability to engage in independent and lifelong learning in the broadest context of technological and social changes.

Relationship of Student Outcomes to Program Educational Objectives

The Petroleum Engineering Student Outcome adopts the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Student Outcomes as outlined below:

i. It teaches the students the fundamental concepts of Petroleum Engineering with which they can build a career to the highest degree of professional competence.

ii. It develops the students in the application of technical knowledge, sense of analysis, creative design abilities, innovation, adaptability, and leadership qualities.

iii. It provides the students with the opportunity to develop, after a basic understanding of all areas of Petroleum Engineering practice, and other special areas of interest which include Electromechanical System, Heat Transfer, Engineering Economics, Strength of Materials, Energy Management & Technology, Petroleum Data Analytics.

iv. It provides practical training in the industries and other Petroleum Engineering establishments in preparation for professional practice.


Current Status (2022/2023 Session)

The Department currently has 210 undergraduate students enrolled with distribution as follows:

LevelNo of Registered Students

The Ibadan programme was the first in Nigeria to be approved by the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) in 1979. This full accreditation status was again renewed by COREN in 1989, 2000, 2006 and 2012. The department hosted the National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation panels in 1991, 1999, 2005, 2007, 2014 and 2019 when the department was granted Full Accreditation status valid till 2024.

Students Welfare

(a) Academic Grievances

Routine cases are handled by the Head of Department. More serious cases are handled in staff meetings. The most serious referred to the Students Affairs Ofice, Student Disciplinary Committee or the University Council.

(b) Student Academic Advising

All students are allocated to staff advisers. The Head of Department handles all serious cases in conjunction with the advisers. For the 2017/2018 session, the staff advisers are as follows:

LevelStaff Adviser
100Dr. Princess C. Nwankwo
200Engr. I. O. Ehibor
300Dr. A. J. Alawode
400Engr. A. O. Joledo
500Dr. B. O. Orisameka
PostgraduateDr. O. O. Akinsete


Examinatin questions are set by the academic staff members. These questions are then reviewed by the external examiner. The examinations are conducted by the Dean’s office. The departmental examination coordinator liaises with the Dean’s office on the Time-Table and logistics. The examination scripts are graded by the appropriate lecturers and reviewed by the Board of Examiners and the External examiners. The University Senate approves the results on the recommendation of the Faculty Board. Notification of Results and Transcripts are prepared for students by the University Examinations and Record Office.

Academic Atmosphere

Weekly special lectures, seminars and presentations are organized by the department’s research and postgraduate committee. Guest lectures by experts from the Petroleum Industry are arranged in conjunction with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (Ibadan students’ chapter). The academic atmosphere in the department is conducive to doing excellent teachning and research work in Petroleum Engineering. The departmental policy is to encourage research that is relevant to the Nigerian Petroleum Industry.

Academic Content

100 Level Formal studies (2 semesters)

200 Level Formal studies (2 semesters) and Industrial training (2 months)

300 Level Formal studies (2 semesters) and Industrial training (3 months)

400 Level Formal studies (1 semester) and Industrial training (6 months)

500 Level Formal studies (2 semesters) Final year project (all session)

The Industrial Training Coordinating Center (ITCC) of the University organizes and supervised industrial training for students. However, academic staff of the department organizes the formal studies program as approved by Senate. Planned field trips and visits to the industry are organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (students’ chapter) in the department, under the supervision of a Faculty Sponsor.



The Petroleum Engineering curriculum teaches the fundamentals underlying the application of basic scientific intelligence to modern petroleum industry practices and instills in the student the skills and confidence for a lifetime of continued learning. Petroleum engineering covers a vast area of activities which promise challenging careers in oil well drilling, developing oil and natural gas fields, producing and transporting oil and natural gas, and the utilization and supplementation of the forces of nature to extract petroleum resources from underground reservoirs through enhanced oil recovery schemes.

The Petroleum Engineering curriculum is designed to provide the student with the strong foundation in science, engineering and humanities needed by petroleum and other related industries engaged in exploitation of natural gas resources from underground reservoirs. The curriculum blends the natural sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry and geology) and the engineering sciences (thermodynamics, mechanics, dynamics, hydraulics and strength of materials), and emphasizes basic concepts with minimum of specialization.

The curriculum meets the general and specific requirements of the petroleum industry. Generally, it ensures that the student is innovative and reliable. The student learns how to solve complex problems, communicate, maintain professional ethics and understand the cultural and economic environment within which operates. Specifically, the curriculum ensures the student an apply scientific principles to petroleum engineering problems, analyze systems, design and execute projects as well as present excellent reports in written and oral forms.

In order to render the above as a meaningful opportunity for the student to undergo an educational process covering the major engineering areas of the entire petroleum industry, a five year curriculum which emphasizes the above professional diversification has been arranged leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (with honours) in Petroleum Engineering. During the first three years of the program, emphasis is placed on mathematics, physics and basic engineering sciences. An introduction to petroleum engineering course in the second year preview the nature, field and the professional opportunities in the petroleum industry, and also gives the student a first taste of petroleum engineering design. The third and half of the fourth year stresses analytical techniques employed to solve problems in various areas of petroleum engineering. The final year is largely devoted to theoretical and laboratory techniques of petroleum practices. The fundamental techniques learnt in the junior years are applied to the analysis and design of more advanced petroleum engineering problems.

Throughout the program, the student is exposed to appropriate choice of technical and liberal arts electives in the humanities and social sciences as well as in the physical sciences. Generally, students are advised that liberal arts electives should be chosen in sequence to provide depth in at least one or two areas of study.

Candidates for the award of the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in petroleum engineering must successfully complete a minimum of 150 units of course work and 11 units of industrial units selected from as outlined in the curriculum details.


Candidates are admitted into the B.Sc. Degree programme in any of the following three ways: - through University Matriculation Examination (UME), by Direct Entry, or through Inter-University Transfer.

1. University Matriculation Examinations (UME) Entry Mode

In addition to an acceptable pass in UME, candidates must have:

(a) Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.


Any one at one sitting or any two at two sittings from the following subjects: Biology, Agricultural Science, Technical Drawing, Economics, Geography, Metal/Woodwork.


(b) WASC/GCE (O level) credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry


Any one at one sitting or any two at two sittings from the following subjects: Biology, Agricultural Science, Technical Drawing, Economics, Geography, Metal/Woodwork.

2. Direct Entry Mode

(a) Candidates with GCE (Advanced Level) in at least Mathematics and Physics plus 1 (a) or (b) above may be admitted direct (without examination) into 200 level.

b) (i) Candidates with OND or equivalent qualification may be admitted direct (without

examination) into 200 level. Candidates must have obtained an upper credit and an average of at least 65% in their final examinations plus 1(a) or 1(b) above.

3. Inter-University Transfer Mode

(i) Students can transfer into 200 level courses provided they have the relevant qualifications.

(ii) No candidates shall be admitted from other Universities unless Faculty and the Department are satisfied that the grades obtained by such candidates for courses in which they have had instructions can be properly assigned units.

Regulations Governing First Degree Programme

(1) A Programme of study shall normally be provided leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology to be denoted by B.Sc. Petroleum Engineering

(2) Instruction shall be by courses and students will be required to take an approved combination of courses and undergo appropriate work experience as Senate, on the recommendation of the Board of the Faculty, may from time to time determine.

(3) Courses shall be evaluated in terms of course units. A course unit is defined as one lecture / tutorial contact hour per week, or three hours of laboratory or practical class per week throughout a semester or an equivalent amount of other assigned study or practical experience or any combination of these. Work experience shall be evaluated in terms of industrial units. One industrial unit is defined as one week of successfully completed industrial experience.

(4) The course symbols in the department shall be: TPE – Petroleum Engineering

(5) All courses taught during each semester shall be examined at the end of that semester, and candidates will be credited with the number of course units assigned to the course for which they have passed the examinations.

(6) The normal period for an honours degree shall be ten semesters

(7) The maximum period for an honours degree shall be twelve semesters

(8) A student who has taken more than one academic year in excess of the approved minimum period of study to complete a degree programme shall not normally be eligible for an honours classification.

(9) The maximum period for a pass degree shall be 8 academic sessions

(10) Except on health grounds, application for suspension of studies can only be made at the beginning of the academic session.

(11) Except on health ground, application for suspension of studies can only be made at the beginning of the academic session

(12) For students officially suspended by the University, the period of suspension will not count, i.e. will not be considered as part of the time spent on their programme.


Undergraduates are expected to complete their registration within the period prescribed by Senate. Any student who failed to register during a session has forfeited his studentship.

(i) 200 – 500 Levels

The minimum number of units an undergraduate can register for per semester is 18 units

(ii) 100 Level

The maximum number of units a student can normally register for per session is 48 units.

(iii) GES Courses

The students of the Faculty are expected to register for the following approved GES courses, beginning 2000/2001 session

Note: All students are advised, in their own interest to ensure that they pass all GES courses before their final year (500 level)

Minimum Degree Requirements

(a) As from the 1996/97 Session, the following regulations govern the conditions for the award of the B.Sc. degree:

i) All courses taken at 100 – 500 level are to be used in the computation of the class of the degree

ii) All compulsory courses must be taken and passed

iii) 9 approved units from General Studies Programme must be taken and passed

iv) The minimum number of course units for the award of honours degree is 150.

v) Degree shall be awarded with honours provided an undergraduate obtains a CGPA that is not less than 1.6 and satisfies other minimum honours requirements.


Grading for 200L students and above

AggregateGrade PointMark
A770% and above
D (failure)00-39

Class of Degree

CGPA of 6.0 and above 1st Class

CGPA of 4.6 – 5.9 2nd Class upper division

CGPA of 2.6 – 4.5 2nd class lower division

CGPA of 1.6 – 2.5 3rd class

CGPA of less than 1.6 pass

New Four-Point Grading Scale for 100L students as from 2016/2017 session

Letter Grade Marks Grade

A 70-100 4

B 60-69 3

C 50-59 2

D 45-49 1

E 0-44 0

Class of Degree for the New Four Point Grading Scale

CGPA Class of Degree

3.50 – 4.00 1st Class

3.00 – 3.49 2nd Class upper division

2.00 – 2.99 2nd class lower division

1.00 – 1.99 3rd class

Dean’s Honours List

An undergraduate whose performance during the session on the basis of GPA places him/her in the First class honours category is recommended to the faculty to have his/her name placed on the Dean’s Honours List.

Standard Terminologies

i. Compulsory Courses: these are courses, which a student must register for and pass before he/she can be given a degree. Students therefore must register for all those courses listed as compulsory

ii. Required Courses: are courses a student must register for but he/she may not necessarily pass. However, a minimum mark that a student should have may be specified (usually 30%) especially for those that are pre-requisites to other courses.

iii. Elective Courses: are those courses a student may take to broaden his/her knowledge. A student may decide not to even register for any of these. In the CGPA system every course taken will be used in compiling the students final results whether he/she passes it or not

iv. Pre-requisite: a course whose knowledge is essential prior to taking another specified course. For pre-requisite purpose 30% is he specified minimum pass.

v. Con-current: courses which must be taken within the same semester.

Warning and Withdrawal from the Faculty

100 level

Any student registered in the department who passed less than 25 units will be asked to withdraw from the faculty. The 25 units must include: 8 units of Mathematics, 6 units of Physics, 5 units of Chemistry

Also, students with less than 30 units get a warning

200 level

Any student with less than 60 units gets a warning

Any student with less than 50 units will be asked to withdraw from th faculty

300 level

Any student with less than 90 units gets a warning

Any student with less than 75 units will be asked to withdraw from the faculty

400 level

Any student with less than 100 units gets a warning

Any student (100 – 400 level) with a GPA less than 1.0 at the end of first semester gets a warning.

Withdrawal from the University

100 level

At the end of first year, a student with a CGPA less than 1.0 and who has passed less than 15 units would be asked to withdraw from the University.

200 level

At the end of the second year, a student who has passed less than 30 units (cumulative) would be asked to withdraw from the University

300 level

At the end of the third year, a student who has passed less than 45 units (cumulative) would be asked to withdraw from the University.