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					                        MET E 3015 Global Influence of Metals
                           (3 semester credit hours, no prerequisites)

Instructor: Michael L. Free, Associate Professor (WBB 416,; 585-9798)
Office Hours: TBA
Class Time/Location: TBA
Department Offering Course: Metallurgical Engineering (Dept. Office: WBB 412, 581-6386)
Required Text: This course will require readings from the texts indicated in the readings section

Course Description: Metals influence everyone everyday. They provide the foundation for
modern technology. We would live with Stone Age technology if we had no metal. They
influence international trade, technology, defense, art, monetary exchange, politics, and
economics. Countries around the world rely on each other for metal resources and technology.
This course explores the interdependent international influence of metals in the development of
science and technology and the establishment of global economics and sustainability. This
course will consist primarily of lectures with some discussions, demonstrations, and activities.

Course Objectives:    Understand how metals are recovered and produced into useful parts
                      Understand how metal technology evolves and why it is important to us
                      Understand the relationship between technology and global influence
                      Understand international interdependence associated with metals
                      Understand the global influence of metals in different facets of life
                      Understand the effects of national paradigms on issues related to metals

Course Content Overview: This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding
of the influence of metals in a global and technological context. In order to understand the
influence of metals students will be required to understand the evolution of metal technology.
Specifically, students will learn how metals are converted from mineral to metallic forms. They
will also understand how metal properties are transformed by specific processes. Simple
algebraic expressions will be applied to quantitatively evaluate these conversions and
transformations. Simple calculations of fractional conversions and energy consumption will be
performed. The global impact of metals on land use, pollution, energy consumption, and per
capita use will also be calculated using simple algebra.

Other, less quantitative impacts of metals will also be evaluated using historical and technical
information. For example, the influence of many nations has been linked to technological
advances involving metals. Correspondingly, students will evaluate the influence of metals in a
historical context. On the technical side, students will evaluate the influence of metals in
electricity production, electricity transmission, automation, computation, information storage,
infrastructure, transportation, and art. Students will need to demonstrate critical reasoning in
essays relating to these topics. Four essays will be required. One essay will require students to
address, identify, and explain a contemporary metal issue that impacts the global community.
Another essay will require the use of quantitative information to evaluate the economic impacts
of metals in the United States and internationally. One essay will be devoted to an evaluation of
the global interdependency created by the locations of natural resources and associated
consumption. Another essay will require a critical assessment of the influence of the perspectives
of different nations influence decisions with global ramifications. These essays will require
students to demonstrate they can utilize scientific information, both quantitative and qualitative,
to critically evaluate the influence of metals in a global context. They will need to critically
compare the costs and benefits of metals and related technologies.

Grade Scale: (A: 100-93 %; A-: 92-90 %; B+: 89-87 %; B: 86-83 %; B-: 82-80 %; C+: 79-77 %;
C: 76-73%; C-: 72-70 %; D+: 69-67 %; D: 66-63 %; D-: 62-60 %; E: 59-0 %)

Grading Basis: (Final Exam: 30 %, Midterm Exams 20 % each (x 2); Assignments 15 %; Essays
15 %)[Assignments (8 total) consist primarily of short answer responses and some quantitative
questions; Essays (4 total) consist of 4-page double-spaced typed responses to demonstrate
critical reasoning for selected course topics.]

Approximate lecture topics, readings, and schedule:
Week 1: Science and Evolution of Metal Technology (Part I)
              Reading: Out of the Fiery Furnace, Robert Raymond (Chapter 1)
              In-class activity: The science and art of copper tool making
Week 2: Science and Evolution of Metal Technology (Part II)
              Reading: Out of the Fiery Furnace, Robert Raymond (Chapter 2)
              Video Presentation: From Stone to Bronze
Week 3: Science and Technology of Metal Extraction, Recovery, Refining, and Recycling
              Reading: Selected handout materials
              In-class activity: The science behind metal extraction processes
Week 4: Science, Technology, and the Industrial Revolution
              Reading: Out of the Fiery Furnace, Robert Raymond (Chapter 7)
Week 5: Metal Properties and Manufacturing
              Reading: Selected handout materials
              In-class activity: Exploring the science of metals and magnetism
Week 6: Metals and Global Exploration, Colonization, and Resource Acquisition
              Reading: Out of the Fiery Furnace, Robert Raymond (Chapter 5)
              Video Presentation: Shining Conquests
Week 7: Quantitative and Geographical Assessment of Metal Production and Consumption
              Reading: Selected handout materials
Week 8: Global Influence of Metal Supply and Demand
              Reading: Principles of Economics, Book V, Allfred Marshall (Chapter 1)
Week 9: Interdependence of Metal Technology and Political Influence
              Reading: The Impact of Metals on Society, Raymond L. Smith (series of articles)
Week 10: Understanding the Effects of Different National Paradigms on Metals Issues
              Reading: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey (Chapter 1)
              Reading: Stones of Destiny, John R. Poss (Chapter 7)
Week 11: Metals, Trade, and Monetary Systems
              Reading: Splendors of the Bronze Age, George F. Bass, National Geographic
              Reading: Selected handout materials
Week 12: Science and Technology of Radioactive Metals in Nuclear Fuel and Weapons
              Reading: Selected handout materials
Week 13: Influence of Radioactive Metals on the International Community
            Reading: Selected handout materials
Week 14: Metals, the Environment, and Sustainability (Part I)
            Reading: Environmental and Natural Resources Economics : Theory, Policy, and
                     the Sustainable Society, Steven C. Hackett (Chapter 12)
Week 15: Metals, the Environment, and Sustainability (Part I)
            Reading: Selected handout materials

Other Information:
The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for
people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in the class, reasonable prior notice
needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services, 162 Union Building, 581-5020 (V/TDD).
CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangements for accommodations.

“Some of the readings, lectures, films, or presentations in this course may
include material that may conflict with the core beliefs of some students.
Please review the syllabus carefully to see if the course is one that you are
committed to taking. If you have a concern, please discuss it with me at your
earliest convenience. For more information, please consult the University of
Utah’s Accommodations Policy, which appears at:”

“All students are expected to maintain professional behavior in the classroom
setting, according to the Student Code, spelled out in the Student Handbook.
Students have specific rights in the classroom as detailed in Article III of the
Code. The Code also specifies proscribed conduct (Article XI) that involves
cheating on tests, plagiarism, and/or collusion, as well as fraud, theft, etc.
Students should read the Code carefully and know they are responsible for the
content. According to Faculty Rules and Regulations, it is the faculty
responsibility to enforce responsible classroom behaviors, and I will do so,
beginning with verbal warnings and progressing to dismissal from and class
and a failing grade. Students have the right to appeal such action to the
Student Behavior Committee.”

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