- Lecturer: Robert Rattle
- Program: Natural Environment Technologist – Conservation and Management
- Duration: one semester, 3h per week, Bachelor level (3rd year); 10-15 students
- Focus: geological processes; mining techniques; environmental impacts and mitigation strategies; relating mining to personal consumption.
- Novel approach: site visits to mines; group term paper on the environmental impacts of an electronic device, considering the complete life cycle, as well as social/health issues, etc. Bonus points: if students can identify and associate specific minerals in their selected device to a particular mining company, operation or mine.
- Student evaluation: assignments (3-4), class participation, examinations (mid and final), and term project (1). Assignments are related to mining in Canada and include case studies.
- Course evaluation: students appreciate site visits and relating mining to personal experiences.
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