Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG5520
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SCNS Liaison Notified of Graduate Council Approval
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. Emailed 12/5/13. updated 1/28/14. Approved 3/4/14. To USF Sys 3/19. to SCNS 3/27/14
- Department and Contact Information
Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 2634 2011-10-05 Department College Budget Account Number Anthropology AS 120500000 Contact Person Phone Heide Castaneda 8130742138 email@example.com
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title ANG 5520 Human Osteology 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) R - Regular Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) Osteology Course Online? Percentage Online C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0
Introduction to theories and methods used in human osteology, with emphasis on analysis of skeletal remains, including skeletal anatomy and physiology and skeletal pathology and trauma.
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 is an elective for students in anthropology (both MA and PhD), and can also serve as an elective for students in criminology. In addition, this course would be central to the department of anthropology's proposed concentration in archaeology and forensic sciences
C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
Yes, 3 or more times
D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
Extensive theoretical and methodological knowledge in forensic anthropology and bio-archaeology in general, and in osteology specifically.
The instructor teaching the course needs a PhD degree.
- Other Course Information
1) To develop skills in human Osteology, including the identification skeletal fragments.
2) To learn methods for estimating biological parameters for identification (Age at death, sex, stature, and ancestry estimation).
3) To gain an appreciation for how skeletal remains are used to reconstruct patterns of adaptation and biocultural evolution.
4) To apply appropriate methods to a specific, original research problem.
5) To apply critical thinking skills through reading and discussion of literature.
6) To develop academic writing skills through writing of a research paper on a focused topic & weekly essays.
B. Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course students will have
1) Developed skills to identify human skeletal fragments.
2) Learned methods for estimating the biological parameters
3) Gained an appreciation for how skeletal remains can be used to reconstruct patterns of adaptation and biocultural evolution.
C. Major Topics
Bone biology; Archaeological recovery; Taphonomy;Dental pathology; Juvenile remains; Skeletal trauma; Bone chemestry; Skeletal biomechanics; Biological profile; Congenital abnormalities.
White, TD. 2000. Human Osteology, Second Edition. Academic Press: San Diego.
Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual, 5th edition, W. M. Bass, 2005, Special Publication NO. 2 of the Missouri Archaeological Society, ISBN 978-0-943414-96-6
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
Additional set of articles and book chapters
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
Osteology Quizzes (6 quizzes, 25 points each) = 150 points
Laboratory Assignments = 100 points
Research Project = 100 points
Mid-Term Exam = 50 points
Final Exam = 100 points
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
All quizzes and exams throughout the semester are cumulative. There will be a total of seven osteology quizzes given, (the lowest score will not be counted). Each quiz is worth 25 points. The quiz will primarily cover the materials listed on the Osteology Study Guide as well as methods discussed in lab sessions. A missed quiz will be the low score omitted from the final score.
Lab assignments are due on time, no extensions. They must be typed.
Lab 1: Forensic Archaeology Fieldwork Team Report and Presentation (30 Points)
Lab 2: Establishing the Forensic Context (10 Points)
Lab 3: Estimating the Time Since Death (10 Points)
Lab 4: Sex Estimation (10 Points)
Lab 5: Stature Estimation (10 Points)
Lab 6: Age Estimation (10 Points)
Lab 7: Skeletal Trauma (10 Points)
Lab 8: Presentation of Case Study (10 Points)
Make-up exams will only be given in cases of medical emergencies. Exams are cumulative, coving materials covered throughout the semester. Extra credit may be attained throughout the semester, instructor approval required.
Class Attendance and Participation:
Graduate students are expected to do original research. Students may use data related to their thesis/dissertation research or data will be provided for use. Research projects should be well developed and quantitative in design. Further details on successfully writing a research paper and getting it published will be provided. All topics need prior approval by the instructor.
Class Attendance and Participation:
Since learning osteology is a hands-on science and accumulative in nature, class attendance is mandatory. The anatomy and laboratory methods explored through this course require a substantial amount of reading and intensive study in the laboratory, outside of normally scheduled lectures
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: (http://usfweb2.usf.edu/usfgc/gc_pp/acadaf/gc10-045.htm)
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. It’s 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 available in cases of 1) a documented medical emergency or 2) major religious observances that necessitate absence from class. In the case of the latter, the student must present notice in writing to the instructor by the next class meeting.
J. Program This Course Supports
MA, PhD, and Dual degree programs in Applied Anthropology
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