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These online courses in petroleum have been designed for your independent, self-guided study.  You may use these resources to gain an understanding of this topic.  If you would like to participate in guided independent study, or a group course, contact AAPG education for information about taking an instructor-led course. Self-guided AAPG OpenCourseware is free to all users.

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Course Overview:
Unconventional oil and gas resources represent a significant resource for the future, particularly as technological innovations make reservoir characterization more accurate, and completion / production techniques more cost-effective.

Course Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to analyze, compare, and contrast unconventional petroleum reserves in the United States and to identify emerging areas in the world.  You will be able to identify major plays, describe the productive formations, and to discuss the technologies that are implemented in order for the formation to produce gas in sufficiently quantities to be economically viable.

Key Concepts:

**shale gas
**shale oil
**coalbed methane

Overview articles: 

Estimating Unconventional Oil Resources and Reserves.  Rick Marsh.

What Are Unconventional Resources? A Simple Definition Using Viscosity and Permeability*

Modern Shale Gas Resources in the U.S.
DOE  / NETL (2009)

This map illustrates the location of major unconventional plays in the U.S.   It does not include all emerging plays.

About this Course
Unit I:  Definition of Unconventionals
Unit II:  Shale Gas 
Unit III:  Shale Oil 
Unit IV:  Coalbed Methane, Other Unconventionals

Instructor-Guided Course:
Would you like to work with an instructor and to earn AAPG Continuing Education credits and be a part of AAPG certification?
Contact AAPG to register, and to find where to email responses to questions.  You will receive personal, guided instruction from an AAPG instructor, an expert in the field.