Technological Legacy of Pennsylvania Coal (3) Survey of coal technologies with a review of scientific principles and economic, social, and political impacts.
EGEE 210 Technological Legacy of Pennsylvania Coal (3)
Pennsylvania Coal, a natural resource, has touched many lives from past to present with profound influence on employment, economic growth, social and political relationships, culture, and the natural environment in the state. The heritage and legacy of Pennsylvania coal weave the story of the Industrial Revolution in the U.S., including technological, social, and environmental aspects. Coal continues to be an important natural resource for electricity generation and metallurgical coke production to manufacture iron and steel. In 2000, approximately 80 million tons of coal was mined in Pennsylvania, most of which was used to generate electricity (approximately 62% of total electricity generated in Pennsylvania). Development of new technologies addresses the challenges of preserving and protecting the environment while mining and burning large quantities of coal. Health and safety of U.S. coal miners have been improved significantly over the past century. However, the recent Quecreek Coal Mine incident in Somerset, Pennsylvania reminded that underground coal mining is still a dangerous profession. Many PSU students have personal links to the coal industry through family members who have been engaged in coal related careers over several generations. This course will provide an opportunity to study coal mining practices in Pennsylvania that their parents and previous generations experienced with a review of recent improvements in these practices.
This course will survey the development of the science and technologies (utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach) of coal formation, coal mining, coal transportation, and coal utilization. The integrated EGEE 211 course will study the social and environmental aspects of coal technologies to focus on labor-management relationships, immigration, culture, and environmental pollution. EGEE 210 and EGEE 211 will be held in the same classroom to integrate natural science and social science education.
This course will be offered during both fall and spring semesters and will include a field trip to the Pennsylvania anthracite region. There are no in-class exams. Evaluation and assessment of student performance will rely on grading minute papers, analytical and reflective essays, individual and team papers, on-line quizzes/assignments, team presentations/discussions, and on-line learning portfolios.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.