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ANTH 2010

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Introduction To Biological Anthropology   
Prerequisite(s)   ANTH 1102 or ANTH 1102H   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course provides an introduction to the origins, evolution and present diversity of the human species.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:
  1. Define anthropology and differentiate the major theories and practices of biological anthropology.
  2. Describe the scientific methods and the research methods that may be used in the field of biological anthropology.
  3. Explain and discuss the biological basis of life.
  4. Apply concepts from the text to selected journal articles.
  5. Define and delineate the concept and modes of evolutionary theory.
  6. Define and delineate Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection.
  7. Examine the principles and perspectives of macro and micro evolution.
  8. Survey the living and fossil primates.
  9. Identify behavioral and/or ancestral correlates between various primate groups.
  10. Explain the relationship between heredity and evolution.
  11. Discuss the history and development of the field of paleoanthropology.
  12. Explain the origins, ecology and behavior of the earliest hominins.
  13. Explain the current understanding of the dispersal of the Genus Homo.
  14. Discuss the theories concerning the origins and dispersal of modern humans.
  15. Discuss the origins of language.
  16. Explain and discuss patterns of variation and adaptation.
  17. Discuss the concept of race and evaluate the relationships between physical and cultural variations.
  18. Discuss the legacies of human evolutionary history.
General Education Outcomes   
I. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
  1. Students develop their reading comprehension skills by reading the textbook and assigned journal articles and/or handout materials.
  2. Students develop their listening and concentration skills through lecture and group problem solving.
  3. Students develop their writing skills through a variety of homework assignments, papers and field observation journals.
  4. Students develop their speaking skills through class discussion and by presenting oral reports on their research topics.
II. This course addresses the general education outcomes of recognition and application of scientific inquiry as follows:
  1. Students must apply the anthropological concepts of language and behavioral criterion from primate behavior to a field experience of observation.
  2. Students will develop their understanding of the scientific method by analyzing a peer- reviewed journal article.
  3. Students will develop their skills of inquiry by analyzing the use of the scientific method or some publication in the field.
III. This course addresses the general education outcomes of developing effective individual, and at times, group problem solving and critical thinking skills as applied to anthropology.
  1. Students will develop their ability to problem-solve and think critically by applying their acquired knowledge of biological anthropology to case studies of both past and present human issues and adaptations.
Course Content   
  1. The biological basis of life
  2. Heredity and evolution
  3. Survey of living and fossil primates and behavior
  4. Paleoanthropology and hominin origins in Africa
  5. Early dispersal of the Genus Homo
  6. Origins and dispersal of modern humans
  7. Patterns of variation and adaptation
  8. Modern human populations
  9. Biological concepts of race and clines
  10. Legacy of human evolutionary history
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
  1. Homework, papers, and multiple-choice exams prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine primary course grades.
  2. The final exam, or unit tests, will contain objective questions that will assess the educational outcome objectives for this course. Each instructor must include these questions within their tests, either the final exam or the unit tests. Each instructor is responsible for tabulating the outcomes from these assessment questions.
This course will be assessed in the spring term every three years. Common questions will be included in the final exam. The construction of the assessment questions will be included in the final exam. The construction of the assessment questions will be the responsibility of the college-wide Anthropology faculty curriculum committee. The committee will meet every three years to review the course and to evaluate the results from the prior assessment.

The review of prior assessments will provide information from the re-evaluation of the assessment instrument, the course objectives, as well as the relationship of the course to the general education outcomes and modify any or all of these. From this review of the course, modification or changes to the curriculum will be proposed and or adopted if necessary.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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