Viewing: ANT 251 : Physical Anthropology

Last approved: Wed, 03 Oct 2018 08:00:43 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:20:13 GMT

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Change Type
Major
ANT (Anthropology)
251
000727
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Physical Anthropology
Physical Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sociology (16SOC)
45.0201
Anthropology.
Term Offering
Fall, Spring and Summer
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Dru McGill
Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture42555YesEnrollment ranges from 40 to 78 depending on size of classroom
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
None.

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
Study of human evolution. Processes of evolution, human variation and race, behavior and morphology of nonhuman primates, and the fossil record. Emphasis on the study of human biosocial adaptation, past and present, and on humans as culture-bearing primates.

GEP Review. Adding appropriate learning outcomes.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Social Sciences
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Identify and explain some of the biological and cultural bases for human behavior, activity, and change throughout time.
 
 
Exam questions.
Sample Measure - What are disadvantages and advantages to bipedalism? In other words, why might those of our ancestors who walked bipedally had greater longevity and reproductive success? In your response, make reference to data about biological and cultural evolution we have learned in lectures, labs, and/or readings.
 
 
Demonstrate knowledge of scientific inquiry, especially anthropological research design and hypothesis testing.
 
 
In-class lab assignments.
Sample Measure – Examine the fossil casts of the gracile and robust Australopithecines in front of you. Decide on what aspects of their morphology to measure and describe to address the question: Which variety of Australopithecine is more likely to be a direct ancestor of Homo sapiens?
 
 
Identify and explain theoretical and conceptual issues inherent in biological, anthropological, and archaeological research.
 
 
Exam questions.

Sample Measure - In class we discussed the infamous “Piltdown Man” hoax related to human origins. Briefly explain why the hoax was so successful, making reference to the roles physical anthropology and human evolution knowledge can play in the modern world.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
98
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
In one section 5 seats reserved for New Freshmen and New Transfers in Anthropology [16ANTHBA and NFR or NTR]
In another section 4 seats reserved for Non Degree Studies Students Only [NDS program]
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
No
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
see syllabus
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
see syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None
Instructor will teach as part of regular course load. No new resources are needed.

1. Practice scientific inquiry in anthropology.

2. Demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of human origins research.

3. Frame research historically, connecting it with modern social contexts and ethical issues.

4. Provide students opportunities to practice and develop fundamental literacies, such as writing, critical thinking, computer literacy, and information literacy.


Student Learning Outcomes

1. Investigate and describe theories and mechanisms of evolution in relation to human origins.

2. Review and practice scientific inquiry, especially anthropological research design and hypothesis testing.

3. Demonstrate fundamental literacies, including: collegiate writing, critical thinking, computer literacy, and information literacy.

4. Identify and explain ethical issues inherent in biological, anthropological, and archaeological research.

5. Evaluate and describe the role of physical anthropology in the modern world.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes10%in-class quizzes
Discussion18%In-class Activities
Written Assignment12%Article Review
Multiple exams60%3 hourly exams
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see attached syllabus

aeherget (Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:07:05 GMT): Rollback: AECHH: The student learning outcomes in the syllabus do not match the last university approved outcomes on record. Changes to the student learning outcomes are considered a major change. 3/14/2018
aeherget (Thu, 06 Sep 2018 15:52:27 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 9/5/2018.
aeherget (Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:18:45 GMT): Approved at 9/12/2018 UCCC meeting pending the inclusion of a participation rubric showing how students will earn 10% of their final grades.
despain (Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:20:13 GMT): Daily participation is not a graded element of the course; tweaked syllabus to make that more clear.
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