Geog 444

Mineral Resources

Winter 2015


Credits: 4

GEOG 444


Foundation course for understanding the physical, social, economic, and legal dimensions of mineral resource use on a global scale. Emphasis paid to issues in the American West.

Objectives - in order of importance

  1. Describe mineral resources, their formation, use, and global distribution
  2. Describe the legal issues surrounding mining in the US
  3. Describe environmental and social issues surrounding mineral extraction, processing, and transport
  4. Describe the different types of mines, their limitations, benefits, and consequences.


Dr. Bob Hickey
316 Dean Hall
Phone: 963-2178
Fax: 963-1047
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Lecture/Lab Program

  • Tuesday/thursday 2:00 - 4:00: Dean Hall 202.


  • Earth Resources and the Environment (4th edition) by Craig, Vaughan, and Skinner)
  • Online (or digital) reading every week.


The following requirements are compulsory.  Failure to comply with these instructions will result in the student failing the class.

Assignments, labs, and reading writeups must be submitted by the DUE DATE to qualify for full credit unless PRIOR arrangements have been made with the professor.  Late assignments will be penalised by reducing the marks achieved by 25 percent (or .5 point, whichever is larger) for each day or part of day that the work is late. 

To pass the class, students must: achieve an overall class grade of at least 60%.


type Percent Description
Attendance 5% Roll will be taken at the START of class - showing up late is the same as an absence.0-2 absences = 5 pts, 3 = 4 points, 4 = 3 points, 5 = 2 points, 6 = 1 point, >6 = 0 points.
Summaries of Articles (1% each) 9% Each friday, an outline/summary of that week's required readings will be due.  They must be typed.  A full list of the readings and the due dates is provided.
Project 23%  
Exam 1 21% 22 January
Exam 2 21% 19 February
Final Exam 21%

comprehensive (though a focus on the last third of the class). Thursday, 19 March 2:00 - 4:00

Total 100%  

Note: students are responsible for ALL material covered in lecture (or lab), unless otherwise stated. If you miss class, BOTH check the rough outline online and at least two of your compatriot's notes.

The final exam is comprehensive.

Makeup exams will ONLY be given during the hour immediately following the final exam.

Disclaimer - the grading and point assignments shown above may change slightly during the quarter at the professor's discretion.

Misc. Rules:

The following requirements are compulsory. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in the student failing the class.


Copying another student's work with or without his/her knowledge or giving/receiving aid during any test or examination is cheating.

Copying an author's work without proper citation is plagiarism. Ensure that you provide proper citation in ALL WRITTEN WORK submitted in this class.

The submission for assessment of identical or nearly identical work by two or more students is collusion.

Students who engage in copying, plagiarism, or collusion will receive zero (0) points for the work submitted. And, at the professor's discretion, the student may be reported to the appropriate administrator.

At the instructor's discretion: points will be deducted for classroom interruptions. This includes (but is not limited to) cell phones - a maximum of 1 point will be deducted for every time the phone rings (not per call). Answering the phone is included as a separate distraction. For example, Johnny's phone rings three times before he answers it (not turns it off) - he could lose 4 points (same as 4% of his final grade). And will lose more if he continues to chat during class.

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