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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG6533

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-10-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/6/13; pending revision to objectives. Faculty emailed 5/10/13; course put in queue for revision. Ready to review. GC apprd 8/5/13. to USF Sys. To SCNS 8/23/13. Nmbr 6560 apprd as 6533. Effective 10/1/14

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2629 2011-10-04
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Anthropology AS 120500000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Heide Castaneda 42138

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ANG 6533 Anthropology Of Human Growth and Development

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Growth and Development
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    Overview of human growth and development from a perspective that combines biological and cultural approaches in anthropology.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course serves students in the medical anthropology and the physical anthropology tracks in the department at both the MA and PhD levels. It also serves as an elective for students in public health (including those enrolled in our dual degree programs)

    Average student enrollment in past semesters has been 19.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 2 times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Extensive knowledge of human biology, human growth and development, knowledge of anthropometric assessment techniques, familiarity with quantitative and qualitative methods of research in human biology.

    The instructor teaching the course needs a PhD degree.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    ● To examine the biological process of human growth and development through the lifecycle

    ● To use an anthropological approach and evolutionary theory to examine variation in human growth

    ● To examine how gene-environment interactions and epigenetic phenomena shape human growth

    ● To examine human growth variation during pre-history and historical times

    ● To examine how biological anthropologists, medical anthropologists, and medical researchers study human growth

    B. Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the course, the student should have a good understanding of the following:

    1. the basic process of human prenatal and post-natal growth and development

    2. key concepts in auxology (e.g., distance and velocity curves, canalization and catch-up)

    3. genetic and endocrine control of growth

    4. nutrition and disease in growth

    5. social and economic influences on growth and body composition

    6. growth disorders

    7. physical activity in growth and development

    8. evolution of human growth

    9. assessment of growth and development

    C. Major Topics

    Prenatal and postnatal growth; growth in infancy and childhood; growth during adolescence; genetic and endocrine control of growth; nutrition and growth, environmental effects on growth; social and economic impact on growth; growth disorders; physical activity and growth; environment and disease interaction; evolution of human growth, assessment of growth and maturation.

    D. Textbooks

    Nol Cameron (eds.), Human Growth and Development, 2006, New York, Academic Press.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    set of selected articles (32)

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    5 article critiques (15% total)

    Midterm and final take-home exams (40% total)

    Class presentation (5%)

    Research paper (20%)

    Presentation of research (10%)

    Class Attendance and participation (10%)

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    A. Article critiques:

    Each student is required to write critiques for any five articles from the reading list (not including the text). These critiques should be 2 pages long (double spaced, one inch margins, 11 or 12 font) and should include the following items: 1) a description of the goals, methods, theory, and main findings (if applicable), 2) a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the article, 3) a discussion of the contribution that the author(s) make(s) to anthropology, and 4) when appropriate, a description of the ways in which the ideas and/or findings from this article could be strengthened. The critiques should be submitted electronically to me at prior to the date in which the article will be discussed in class.

    B. Mid-term take home exams:

    There will be one take-home midterm and one take home final (see schedule) during the semester. Each of these exams will include 2 or 3 essay questions relating to the class lectures, discussions, and readings. The answer to each question should be between 3 and 4 type-written pages (double-spaced, one inch margins, and 11 or 12 font).

    C. Presentations

    Each student is required to give one presentation (10 minutes) during the semester on one of the required readings. Like the article critiques, the presentation should include a the following information: 1) a description of the goals, methods, theory, and main findings (if applicable), 2) a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the article, 3) a discussion of the contribution that the author(s) make(s) to anthropology, and 4) when appropriate, a description of the ways in which the ideas and/or findings from this article could be strengthened.

    D. Research paper and presentation

    Each student is required to write research paper on a topic in human growth and development and to give a 15 minute presentation followed by a 5 minute question and answer periods in class during the last two weeks of the class. The paper should be no more than 12 pages, type written and double-spaced, 1.5 inch margins, and it should include a separate bibliography. Please note that the references should come from scientific journals and books. While some internet references may be used, they should be very limited in number.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Make up work will only be allowed in cases of excused (documented) absences.

    Penalties for academic dishonesty (including cheating and plagiarism) may include: assignment of an F or a numerical value of zero on the assignment; assignment of an F or an FF grade (the latter indicating academic dishonesty) in the course; and/or suspension or expulsion from the University.

    Note on Plagiarism: The University of South Florida as an account with an automated plagiarism detection service which allows instructors to submit student assignments to be checked for plagiarism. I reserve the right to submit assignments to this detection system. Assignments are compared automatically with a huge database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. The instructor receives a report showing exactly how a students paper was plagiarized.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Applied Anthropology Program MA and PhD

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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