Introduction to Biological Anthropology - Spring 2013Course: Anth 1020, 6 hours/week, 4 semester units in science (includes laboratory) 3 hours lecture/week, 3 hours lab/week
Instructor: Ken Goehring (rhymes with "herring")
Contact: Please contact me through email at email@example.com or visit me before or after class. Note that all of the class information, including this handout, can be found online at http://www.siskiyous.edu/class/anth2/. We can also arrange a meeting if we need more time.
Textbook and Materials: We will be using: Essentials of Physical Anthropology, by Clark Spencer Larsen, 2nd edition. This text is in the bookstore and is also available in an electronic version. In addition to the text, you will need a standard 3-ring binder to hold the class syllabus and lab work. You'll need access to a computer and the internet and be able to make hard copy printouts of homework and papers.
Advisories: Advisories: Math 0830 (Pre-Algebra) and Engl 1001 (English Composition, or concurrent enrollment.) We will apply computational methods to a number of problems and a working knowledge of basic math is assumed. Knowledge of algebra is desired, but not required.
Objectives of the Course
Upon successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
- distinguish between a scientific approach and all other approaches to knowledge
- identify the major hominid finds and relate their importance in our understanding of human evolution.
- explain how fossils and archeological sites are dated, including the theory and problems with each technique.
- explain the modern concept of genetics--including population genetics--and its role in evolutionary theory.
- explain the various mechanisms of human evolution and the data that support them.
- defend or refute statements that are made concerning the nature of the evidence for human evolution.
- analyze fossil skull replicas for evidence of evolutionary change in the human lineage
- demonstrate a working knowledge of the mechanisms of evolution.
- compare and contrast members of the Order Primata in terms of structure, behavior, geography and phylogeny.
- describe employment opportunities in the field of Biological Anthropology
Student Learning Outcomes
- calculate probablilities of outcomes of Mendelian genetic problems.
- extrapolate and interpolate human variation data.
- calculate gene, genotype and phenotype frequencies given appropriate population genetic data.
- calculate estimated dates of artifacts given Carbon-14 readings.
- calculate estimated dates of virtual wood samples by applying denrdrochronology.
- solve forensic problems given DNA data.
- identify the gender of a human skeleton with reasonable accuracy.
- identify paleolithic, mesolithic and neolithic tool types based on manufacturing techniques.
- derive the probable evolutionary tree for a group of organisms based on myoglobin or similar protein data
Requirements and Grading
I expect you to attend class, do the reading assignments and bring questions to class to be discussed. Grades are determined by points earned . The breakdown will be as follows:
Corrected: 1/16/2013 - changes shown in green. Corrected: 5/1/2013 - changes shown in red
Grades will be assigned (at a minimum) in accordance with the following scale :
Item Weight Notes
150 points (25%)
5 @ 30 points each
Quizzes 200 points (33%)
4 @ 50 points each, announced on the calendar and provided with study guides
Note: The last quiz will be given during our Final Exam date/time which is:
Thursday, May 23 at 8:00 am
Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 am
Specimen ID Quiz
35 points (6%)
Given during the Final Exam time: Thursday, May 23 at 8:00 am
Given during the Final Exam time: Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 am
Lab Book of Reports 225 points
15 @ 15 points each (146 points are required to pass the class)
Total 610 points (100%)
90%+ = A, 80%+ = B, 70%+ = C, 60%+ = D, 59%- = F You can always access your grades online at: http://www.gradeserver.org/users/goehring/
Note: Any student with less than 65% of the graded points at first census week will be given an "U"nsatisfactory.
Note: Any student with less than 146 points (~65%) of the 250 possible points earned under "Lab" above will receive a failing grade, regardless of other points.
Honesty : I expect and demand integrity and honesty in all of our dealings. I will not tolerate cheating on quizzes, homework, or any other form of dishonesty. People who violate this trust will receive an F in the class, regardless of points earned.
Attendance and Late Work Policy : I expect people to attend class, to be on time if possible, to come in quietly if late. There are no make-ups for missed quizzes. If you have a school-sponsored event during quiz periods, you must contact me a week before the quiz is given. If you fall ill on a quiz day, please send word to me through email. Generally there are no make-ups on missed lab work. Lab reports are due as announced and will be reduced 10% for being late. I will not accept any late work after I hand the assignment back. This is almost always at the beginning of the next class meeting. I reserve the right to drop any student that has missed two class meetings or two assignments without contacting me. Also, note 146 points earned through lab is a requirement for passing this class. It is your responsibility to understand and follow these guidelines. In the event of dangerous weather, arrangements will be made to make-up postponed work. If the roads are unsafe, please don't risk your life on icy roads to come to class. Check the COS website for school closure. Visit the class website when the weather is bad. I will post class updates on the web.
Classroom Rules and Etiquette : There are a few rules that must be followed in this class. They are: 1) no food or eating in the classroom. 2) all electronic devices (eg. cell phones, tablets and computers) must be turned off and put away during lecture. In lab, all but ringing cell phones are allowed. 3) Please do not chat with your neighbors during lectures. 4) be courteous and polite at all times. Failure to follow these rules will result in a warning. Failure to follow the warning will result in being dropped from the class. See me after class if any of these rules cause a problem for you. There may be approved uses for electronic devices -- discuss your situation with me.
Special Assistance: The College of the Siskiyous has many services available to students who need special assistance. See the College Catalog for a description of these services. If you feel that you will need any special assistance in this class, please indicate this on the first day information sheet that I will collect and please discuss the situation with me within the first two weeks of class so that I can make plans to accommodate your needs.
Note: The topics covered in this course include the concept of organic evolution, specifically, evidence for human evolution, and includes discussion of the scientific view of the origin of humans. We will also be discussing human and other primate sexuality, the AIDS virus, mental retardation, rape, forensics and other possibly disturbing topics. Grading is based on the demonstrated understanding of the concepts, not on belief or views towards such concepts and topics. The class will present mainstream scientific views on these issues, but will highlight differences with popular views.