- Class Number 3136
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Marc Oxenham
- Prof Marc Oxenham
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
- Dr Clare McFadden
This course offers students training in the anatomy of the human skeleton and techniques used in biological profiling from skeletal remains. Students will be taught a range of skeletal biology techniques used to estimate age-at-death, biological sex, stature, and bone functional adaptation. We will cover the development, form, and function of human hard tissues (bones and teeth). Acquired skills will be of value to any students interested in skeletal studies including vertebrate biology, comparative skeletal anatomy, medicine, palaeontology, human and primate evolution, forensic sciences and archaeology.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe and explain advanced human skeletal structure: name and define hard tissues and their parts at a macroscopic (gross) and microscopic (histological) level;
- Describe and explain advanced fundamentals of human skeletal growth and metabolic processes in a developmental and functional context;
- Gain practical experience and develop skills in identification and analysis of human skeletal tissues;
- Outline the ethical treatment of human skeletal remains, and be able to recall key professional documents stipulating the code of ethics, guidance on care and curation of human remains; and
- Critically evaluate, in a written format, one method used in the analysis of human skeletal remains.
White TD, Folkens PA. 2005. The Human Bone Manual. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press.
White TD, Black MT, Bass Folkens PA. 2012. Human Osteology. Amsterdam: Academic Press. Columbia Archaeological Society. This is an expanded version of your core textbook.
WM. 2005. Human Osteology: a Laboratory and Field Manual. Elsevier Mo.: Missouri
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written results/comments on lab quizzes (can be viewed during office hours)
- Written comments on mid-semester test (can be viewed during office hours)
- All grades will be recorded in the Wattle gradebook
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|Summary of Activities
|Gross Skeletal Anatomy: Part I
|Postcranial anatomy: upper and lower limb
|Gross Skeletal Anatomy: Part II
|Postcranial anatomy: shoulder and pelvic girdles; the axial skeleton
|Gross Skeletal Anatomy: Part III
|Cranial and dental anatomy Lab test on week 1 & 2 material
|Sex Estimation: Part I, Cranium
|Sex estimation using the cranium Lab test on Week 3 material
|Age-at-Death Estimation: Part I, Adults
|Age-at-death estimation in adults
|No lecture But see Week 6 recommended reading below
|Practical exam in your lab slot (covers weeks 1 to 5 material)
|Biodistance: Part I, Nonmetric
|No Labs (due to ANZAC Day Holiday)
|Biodistance: Part II, Quantitative
|Qualitative and Quantitative approaches to biodistance (including FORDISC)
|Age-at-Death Estimation: Part II, Subadults
|Age-at-death estimation in subadults Lab test on weeks 7 & 8 material
|Sex estimation: Part II, Postcrania
|Sex estimation: the postcrania Lab test on Week 9 material
|Stature, body mass, habitual activity signatures
|Signatures of habitual and identity-related signatures Lab test on Week 10 material
|No lecture – use time to revise for final exam
|Final exam revision
|Return of assessment
|Lab Tests x 5
|Practical Mid-Semester Examination
|Written Methodological Evaluation
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Lab Tests x 5
Details of task: This component is made up of 5 lab tests administered throughout the semester as per the schedule on wattle. These are short (10-15 mins long) tests that examine your knowledge gathered from lab topics/ practicals. You may think of these as “exit tests” which are done a week after the lab session you are tested on, giving you time to go over the materials and notes, and consult written/online resources to revise. The tests are designed to help you learn skeletal anatomy terminology, identification, and basics of techniques efficiently. Learning anatomy involves memorising new terms which is best achieved through regular mind refreshing, hence the regular testing throughout the semester. Some tests will involve identifying skeletal specimens displayed on lab stations, other tests will be multiple choice answers. The 5 tests will always be lab based.
HURDLE COMPONENT: You will need to complete (i.e. take the test regadless of your mark for it) a minimum of 4/5 tests to pass this component (and the component is 40% of your overall grade. To be clear, this means you will be given a mark of 0 for the 40% of your grade even if you complete 3 tests) of the assessment.
Value: 40% (8% each test)
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 5
Practical Mid-Semester Examination
LAB BASED PRACTICAL EXAM (20%) will take place during your scheduled lab session in Week 6. The exam will assess your knowledge and skills gathered from labs in the first part of the semester. It is similar in premise to the short lab tests whereby you will be presented with a series of stations with skeletal specimens and/or printed questions.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Written Methodological Evaluation
This is a short/ mini essay demonstrating your critical thinking and analytical skills. You are required to provide a critical commentary (you will receive more guidance on this in class) on one methods paper (references will be revealed throughout the course) from the following osteological methods categories covered in this course:
- Sex estimation
- Adult age-at-death estimation
- Sub-adult age-at-death estimation
- Stature estimation
Word count for your mini essay is 600 words (+/- 10%). It must be submitted via TurnItIn on Wattle. Referencing should follow the style of American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
FINAL EXAMINATION (30%) will take place during the scheduled official examination period in June. Time, date, and venue details will be announced by the Examinations Office or College nearer the time. This exam is designed to assess your knowledge and skills gathered from the labs in the second part of the semester and theoretical fundamentals from all lectures. You can expect a mixture of multiple choice and short answers questions.
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Completed lab tests will be returned to you in the labs, and the mid-semester exam will be available for viewing during office hours/ labs, you can also always arrange an appointment to review this material outside office hours.
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Prof Marc Oxenham
Prof Marc Oxenham