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A STUDY OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PETROLEUM ENGINEERING SPECIALIZATION CURRICULUM OFFERED BY THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM AT UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY PETRONAS

MOHD TAIB, NORRULHUDA (2002) A STUDY OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PETROLEUM ENGINEERING SPECIALIZATION CURRICULUM OFFERED BY THE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM AT UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY PETRONAS. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

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Abstract

Tertiary education in Malaysia has become a subject of great importance and concern to both its people and the government. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, or UTP, which is wholly owned by the national oil and gas corporation PETRONAS, is one such tertiary institution <hat has emerged in response to the growing demand for higher education in the country. Under the mechanical and chemical engineering programs of UTP, undergraduate students are offered a petroleum specialization stream, for those interested in the study of petroleum or inclined to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry, which is undoubtedly one of the biggest sectors of the Malaysian economy. The motivation for offering petroleum education at UTP and the effectiveness of UTP's petroleum program and courses are the principal areas of concern of this paper. A discourse will first be presented on the progress of Malaysia's tertiary education leading to the founding of UTP, on the university's education system and its overall undergraduate engineering programme. Then, the following three aspects to the rationale for having a petroleum specialization elective at UTP are deliberated. The first aspect concerns UTP's main motivation for offering education on petroleum engineering- why petroleum engineering is taught at UTP, considering it is not a conventional field of study at the undergraduate level. The second relates to the advantages and effectiveness of offering petroleum education as a specialized stream under the mechanical engineering program', as opposed to conferring a full petroleum engineering degree. The third aspect of the issue of UTP's petroleum education discussed in this paper is the apportioning of the study of petroleum under mechanical and chemical engineering programs. The effectiveness of UTP's petroleum curriculum, in preparing its mechanical engineering graduates for the oil and gas industry, is investigated. For this, the * The scope of discussion of this paper centers on the mechanical engineering program's petroleum specialization stream. Thus, when a specific program evaluation is presented, the petroleum elective stream under chemical or civil engineering will not be discussed in this paper. MOGE Project 2002 MohJ Taib, Page 6 of 59 educational process flow within the mechanical engineering program is examined to determine the program's strength and weaknesses in preparing its students for the finalyear petroleum specialization courses. The suitability ofUTP's petroleum elective courses are also discussed, along the lines of adequacy to impart maximum benefit to students who will be embarking on a career in the petroleum industry. Due to their relevancy, monologues on the Malaysian oil and gas industry and the significance of petroleum education for the local industry are presented, to reflect on the industry's current and future requirements for skills and knowledge of its workforce. For comparison and for assessing the appropriateness of UTP' s petroleum program, this paper briefly discusses similar programs offered by other universities. In the final evaluation, issues of quality assessment and academic accreditation are delved into, capped up by a review of the strengths of UTP' s petroleum program and some recommendations for improving the program's courses.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Academic Subject : Academic Department - Petroleum Geosciences - Geology - Geology
Subject: Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions: Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering
Depositing User: Users 2053 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 16:55
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 09:47
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/7830

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