- Code BIAN3113
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Biological Anthropology
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Colin Groves
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2015
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The place of humans among the primates, the mechanisms of evolution, and the evolution of humans and other primates. The main part of the course details the fossil record of the evolution of the human line since its separation from other primates.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Identify important fossils relevant to the study of human evolution.
- Understand the principles of biological evolution.
- Understand what is meant by the concept of species, and how these may be recognised in the fossil record.
- Compare different fossils with one another, and draw phylogenetic inferences.
- Understand the principles of geological dating and environmental reconstruction.
1. A major essay, 2500-3500 words (50%) [Learning Outcome 2-5]
2. Two short class tests, (10% each) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]
3. Tutorial presentation (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5]
1. Major essay - to be submitted at the end of the course, analysing the fossils from a single site, or a particular phylogenetic hypothesis, or the construction of a species in palaeoanthropology.
2. Two short class tests - one in the last tutorial before the break, one in the last tutorial of semester, testing students’ ability to remember key facts about palaeoanthropology and associated theory.
3. Presentation in class - using PowerPoint and the large collection of replicas available in the laboratory. Students will take favoured topics, including fossils or fossil collections, give factual background, recite the various published hypotheses, and then evaluate them. Ability to interest the rest of the class and stimulate discussion is important.
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Two hours of lectures plus one hour of tutorials per student per week. Students will be expected to spend a further seven hours per week in study, revision, and preparation.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|1002||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|