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Effective: Summer 2015

Corequisites: Corequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in ANTH 1 or 1H.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ANTH 1HL.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Natural Sciences Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will practice and apply understandings of evolution in a laboratory setting.
  • Students will critically analyze and interpret physical anthropological data.
  • Students will apply anthropological principles for solving human problems on the local, regional and world scales.
Description -
Introductory laboratory course focusing on scientific methodology to explore/experiment with topics from Anthropology lecture sections. Topics include Mendelian genetics, population genetics, human variability, forensics, medical anthropology, epidemiology, hominid dietary patterns, non-human primates, primate dental and skeletal anatomy, fossil hominids, chronometric dating, environmental challenges to hominids, environmental impact of hominid behavior, general methodologies utilized in physical anthropological research, and the general study of hominids as bio-culturally adapting animals.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. distinguish scientific methodology from other methods of evaluation or thinking.
  2. explain a variety of primate and/or hominid evolutionary patterns over time.
  3. assemble or organize specimens and/or models used in physical anthropology (skeletal, dental, genetic, geological).
  4. employ basic forensic field methods for analyzing and interpreting human remains.
  5. research an anthropological topic and prepare the results for public and/or classroom presentation.
  6. evaluate and debate social, cultural, environmental, or other influences on hominid adaptation and survival over time.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Anthropology Laboratory equipped with appropriate materials to instruct the lab sections. Internet connection required to conduct enhanced learning assignments.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Laboratory projects based on B-E of expanded description of course content for ANTH 1. Projects cover methods, techniques, and procedures used in biological/physical anthropology research. Emphasis on skill demonstrations and problem solving.
  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge in the following areas.
    1. Mendelian genetics
    2. population genetics
    3. human variability
    4. forensics
    5. medical anthropology
    6. epidemiology
    7. hominid dietary patterns
    8. non-human primates
    9. primate dental and skeletal anatomy
    10. fossil hominids
    11. chronometric dating
    12. environmental challenges to hominids
    13. environmental impact of hominid behavior
    14. general methodologies utilized in physical anthropological research
    15. the general study of hominids as bio-culturally adapting animals.
  2. Students conducting laboratory research will gain proficiency in the following areas.
    1. instrumentation such as microscopes and centrifuges.
    2. the appropriate handling of human remains.
    3. crime scene investigation techniques.
    4. data gathering and analysis using current statistical and mapping programs.
    5. graphing and interpretation of data using scientific methodology.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. In class projects
  2. In class lab reports
  3. Quizzes
  4. Skill demonstrations or problem solving
    1. Class performances
    2. Field work
    3. Performance exams
  5. Group project scientific research and presentations
Representative Text(s) -
France, Diane. Laboratory Manual and Workbook for Physical Anthropology. Sixth Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2007.
Walker, Suzanne. Exploring Physical Anthropology: A Lab Manual and Workbook. Englewood, Colorado: Morton Publishing Company, 2007.
Whitehead, Paul, William Sacco, and Susan Hochgraf. A Photographic Atlas for Physical Anthropology. Englewood, Colorado: Morton Publishing Company, 2005.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Field work, Oral presentations, Independent study, Laboratory, Demonstration, Laboratory class.
Lab Content -
  1. Scientific Method Exercises
    1. Field Study using Method
    2. Microscope training
  2. Darwin's Natural Selection
    1. Examples from nature
    2. Cellular transformation
  3. Genetics
    1. Field study of phenotypic traits
  4. Biological Classifications
    1. Taxonomy
  5. Primate Osteology
    1. Lab training with primate skeletons
  6. Human Osteology
    1. Skeletal anatomy
  7. Primate Behavior
    1. Field project on human primates
  8. Early Primates and Hominids
    1. Fossil collection study
  9. The Genus Homo
    1. Anthropometrics
  10. Forensics & Variation (Metric/Non-Metric)
    1. Craniometric and osteometric studies
    2. Blood group work
    3. Finger prints
  11. Forensics & Skeletal Abnormalities
    1. Gun shot wounds
    2. Trephination
    3. Antemortem, Perimortem and Postmortem analysis
  12. Sociobiology and Human bio-cultural adaptations
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Completion of exercises in the workbook
  2. Collection and analysis of laboratory data
  3. Practical exams
  4. Computational analysis